Pura Tanah Kilap is a temple located in Banjar Gelogor Carik, Pakraman Pemogan Village, South Denpasar District, Badung Regency, Bali. It was built in 1962 by the Badung Regency Government and is named after the shiny, red soil in the surrounding area, known as "legit" or "ampo" soil. During its construction, there were several mysterious stories that may be hard to believe.
The Public Works Department (PU) of the Badung Regency planned to build a bridge on the west side of the temple to connect the roads around Pura Tanah Kilap. However, the construction process faced obstacles, and the bridge was not completed. A mystical event occurred when an old woman appeared in Pura Tanah Kilap, believed to be Ida Bhatara Ratu Niang. The old woman requested a Pelinggih, a special temple, be built for her. The bridge could only be built if her wish was granted. Eventually, a Pelinggih was built on the east side of the bridge, and the bridge construction process ran smoothly. This mystical story became a unique attraction for visitors to Pura Tanah Kilap.
In addition to its mysterious history, Pura Tanah Kilap has a unique charm compared to other temples in Bali. It is an acculturation of Chinese and Balinese culture and has a distinct building design. Located in the middle of the city, the temple is easily accessible, only 15 minutes by car from Denpasar and 10 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.