Tens of thousands of visitors come to the Lempuyang Temple, in Karangasem, each and every year, in the hope that it will once again take pictures of them posing at the Gates of the Sky with their reflections captured in the water in front of the scene — which turns out to be fake.
The tourists will visit one of the most popular attractions on the island of Bali, were left shocked after discovering that it was forged, it is for Instagram.
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Tens of thousands of visitors come to the Lempuyang Temple, in Karangasem, each and every year, in the hope that it will once again take pictures of them posing at the Gates of the Sky with their reflections captured in the water in front of the location.
But, as it turns out, there is not even a puddle on the Hindu temple, which is one of the most visited sites on the island.
In its place, the beautiful photos, the reflections are actually created with the help of a mirror, cleverly positioned just under the lens when taking the picture.
The trick, it has left many visitors disappointed, and some of whom have travelled for about two hours to get to the site.
Most recently, Polina Marinova, the editor of Fortune magazine, shared her disappointment in a viral tweet.
She said: “it’s Proof that Instagram influencers have to ruin it all.
“My hopes & dreams were shattered when I found out that the “water” at the Gates of Heaven, is actually just a little below the iPhone.”
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Her post has led to dozens of comments from travellers who say that they have had similar experiences.
Someone said, “Let’s not forget about the 2 or 3 hour queue, that is, you don’t have to stand still to take a picture.”
Another said: “for me, This was 2 weeks ago, on the island of Bali. I was like, wait, where’s the water? Felt catfished.”
But lots of people find it hilarious, and wanted to recreate it for themselves.
It turns out that the locals have been doing for the set-up of pictures for a certain period of time, and there were often queues of up to two hours or more.
Earlier this year, YouTuber Antarik Anwesan took a two-hour scooter trip to Ubud was at the temple in the eastern part of the island.
He was a member of a long line of tourists waiting to take pictures and to take in a traditional Balinese outfit.
The site of the temple, he waited almost two hours for his shot, which was taken by a local, sit down in front of the Gates of Heaven, the mirror in the perfect place.
Just like the others, he was very impressed with the results, assumed to be the reflection photos were taken in the rain.
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This is not only one of the most popular attractions, which turned out to be fake.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Moroccan tourist attraction, where the goats were in the trees, it was actually performed.
There is also a wide range of attractions, which are made up of fictional stories.
This story was originally published in The Sun. Read more content out of The Sun.