Travel & Adventure

Doors, Gates and Entryways in Bali

Written by Nerissa Staggers

A door is typically used as a barrier to an entrance of a room, building or home. It divides the space to either create privacy or security from outside elements. In a recent trip to Bali, I found that the function of a door was much more expansive than that. The doors were designed to be exquisite, and elaborate works of art. I naturally inquired more about why Balinese architecture places so much emphasis on not only the door, but also gates and entrances onto homes, temples, and other compounds. 

Doors and gates in Bali are both culturally symbolic as they are aesthetically pleasing. There are two types of gates in Bali: Candi Bantar and Paduraska.

Candi Bantar is a split gateway commonly found in religious compounds, palaces or cemeteries. It consists of two symmetrical structures standing side-by-side with an opening in the center. It typically narrows at the top, is uncovered and open to the sky, similar to the popular tourist attraction that is Lempuyang Temple.

Lempuyang Temple

Paduraska is similar to the Candi Bantar, but is covered with a towering roof. It is often elaborately decorated with celestial ornaments. 

Regardless of its purpose, Balinese structures serve more than a simple utility of providing an entrance into a dwelling. It creates a Doorway Effect where those who enter are physically and mentally transitioned into a new space and state of mind. The entryways of the religious temples are designed as if those who enter are leaving the secular world and entering into the gates of heaven to connect spiritually with the gods. I was impressed by the artful emphasis that is placed on every entrance in Bali. I observed that most entrances, including those of stores, coffee shops, boutiques, received the same attention to detail. Take a look at the doors, gates, and entryways that I captured while in Bali. 

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About the author

Nerissa Staggers

Nerissa Staggers is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of A graduate of Temple University, Fox School of Business, and Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Nerissa Staggers is an analytical thinker and an appreciator of the arts. She’s worked in the fashion industry for several years in New York City prior to obtaining her law degree, taking on buying, production, and management roles. Her interests expand beyond just fashion to entertainment, media, and entrepreneurship. She loves the idea of linking the worlds of creativity, business, and law. Intellectual Property law is that link. She completed intellectual property coursework at New York Law School as a visiting student to further concentrate on this area. The purpose of this site is to support artists and small businesses by helping to protect their creative interests. Outside of work, Nerissa enjoys volunteering and serving on non-profit boards in her local community.

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