Fake ‘Gates of Heaven’ Instagram attraction shock tourists in Bali


  • The Lempuyang Temple in Karangasem, Bali is one of the most visited sites for the perfect selfie that includes capturing their reflections in the water in the famous “Gates of Heaven”.
  • Unfortunately, tourists are dismayed to find out that aside from the temple not having even a puddle, the reflection photos have been faked.
  • It turns out that locals who have been doing staged photographs cleverly made use of a mirror when taking the photos.

Tourists were dismayed after discovering that a popular attraction in Bali, Indonesia was faked for Instagram.

Every year, thousands of tourists visit the Lempuyang Temple in Karangasem with goals of recreating photos of themselves with their reflection captured in the water in front of the “Gates of Heaven”.

Shockingly, the Hindu temple which is one of the most visited sites on the island doesn’t even have a puddle!

It turns out that the Instagram amazing images of the reflection are actually the result of cleverly positioning a mirror just beneath the lens when you take the photo. In fact, locals have for some time, been doing staged photographs and oftentimes, there are queues of two hours or more.

The trick has left several visitors, some of whom traveled for nearly two hours to get to the site, immensely disappointed.

One of them is Polina Marinova, an editor at Fortune magazine who recently tweeted her disappointment saying, “My hopes & dreams were shattered when I found out the “water” at the Gates of Heaven is actually just a piece of glass under an iPhone.”

Her post that had gone viral elicited dozens of comments from travelers who have experienced the same thing.

While one wrote “Let’s not forget about the 2-3 hour queue you have to stand in to even get a picture,” another one commented, “This was me 2 weeks ago in Bali. I was like, wait, where’s the water? Felt so catfished.”

Nevertheless, several others who found it extremely amusing still wanted to recreate their photos.

Earlier this year, YouTuber Antarik Anwesan traveled to the temple via a two-hour scooter ride from Ubud. Like many others, he wore a traditional Balinese outfit and joined a queue of tourists waiting to get their photos taken.

He waited for nearly two hours at the temple to have his photo taken by a local sitting in front of the Gates of Heaven with the mirror positioned in place.

And just like other visitors, he was remarkably impressed with the result given that he initially thought the reflection photographs were taken after the rain.


Source: New York Post

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