We often receive questions from people asking questions like “What is the proper dress code when visiting a temple in Bali?” and “Are there any rules I need to be aware of before entering a temple in Bali?”
The Balinese are more than happy to welcome you to visit their temples, but you need to remember that temples are holy places, so there are some rules you need to be aware of before visiting a temple in Bali.
Below a list of tips to temple dress code and etiquette that are good to know before you start temple touring in Bali. See our guide to Bali’s most popular temples.
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Bali temple dress code and etiquette
Do wear a sarong or scarf
Sarongs can usually be rented or are included in the ticket price at most temples in Bali.
Cover your upper body
Wear modest clothing and wear a top that as minimum covers your shoulders.
Take off your shoes before entering a temple.
Leave you flip-flops or shoes among the other left behind shoes that you are likely to find near the entrance of any temple in Bali.
Don’t enter a temple when bleeding
You shouldn’t enter a temple if you have cut yourself or whilst menstruating.
Don’t point your feet toward the shrines
Feet are considered unclean, so don’t point them toward the shrines or other holy objects. When praying men should sit with their legs crosses while women kneel.
Don’t enter a temple if you are pregnant
Pregnant or women who have given birth within 6 weeks shouldn’t enter a temple.
Don’t stand higher than the priest
It is considered lack of respect to have your head higher than the head of the priest.
Pay due respect
Remember that you are in a holy place and us common sense. Don’t get in the way of processions and ceremonies and use common courtesy when taking photos.