Bali’s Famous ‘Gates of Heaven’ Photo Spot Is Not Like What It Seems Online…
By Izza Sofia, 12 Jul 2019
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Tourists who came to Bali to visit this popular attraction were left disappointed after they found out that photos taken by others were simply faked for the ’gram.
Several travelers have been drawn to Bali, Indonesia to pose at Pura Lempuyang Luhir Temple, coined the “Gates of Heaven” by social media users. In many photos, a reflection is cast in the pristine waters fronting the monument.
Unfortunately, many visitors were surprised to discover that there isn’t even a pool in front of the temple. The reflections were actually created with mirrors by photographers, who placed them beneath camera lenses to create the illusion.
Visitors were left disappointed by the trick, including Fortune magazine editor Polina Marinova, who took to Twitter to offer a word of caution to potential visitors. She expressed feeling “shattered” after finding out that the “water” was actually glass strategically-placed under an iPhone.
Since then, others have related their own experiences, with one Twitter user commenting that she felt “catfished” when she couldn’t find the “water” at the temple.
It is also said that many tourists are made to queue for two hours or more to recreate the photo.
Proof that Instagram influencers have ruined everything👇— Polina Marinova (@polina_marinova) July 4, 2019
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 😭 pic.twitter.com/oiahI5VCIo
Thank you for your tweet. This temple is located in Lempuyang hill, Karangasem, Bali. The beautiful place to relax your soul. Enjoy your holiday in #Bali . I send you the original photo from that temple. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/UmRatNFtRX— Putu Sukma Kurniawan (@SukmaKurn1awan) July 4, 2019
wow this guy out here really started an instagram bizniz— TIFFANY ZHONG (@TZhongg) July 4, 2019
Many tourists come to recreate pictures they’ve seen on Instagram of people standing in the middle of the temple, with water mirroring their reflection back at them.— Fuad Alakbarov (@DrAlakbarov) July 12, 2019
In reality, a mirror is used to artfully craft the photos, as there is no water at the Hindu temple at all. 🙂
Oh my Bali, so there's no sparkling water at the infamous "Gates of heaven" but just a piece of mirror?— ParrotOS (@MokoenaDee) July 5, 2019
I feel so betrayed and Catfished.
😭 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/tcDwhd7r5l
This was me 2 weeks ago in Bali. I was like, wait, where is the water? Felt so catfished. pic.twitter.com/w1THvDbx5u— Bathabile Amirchand (@Thabi_Dhiren) July 4, 2019
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