Located at Campuhan, in the gorge just 1.5km (1 mile) west of Ubud, this temple is an easy walk from the Ubud market and makes a very pleasant early morning stroll. Legend has it that in the 8th century the high priest Rsi Markandya, a holy sage who came from Java to build Besakih Temple, was spiritually attracted to the beautiful area, the confluence of two rivers. He stayed, meditated, and built a temple. Ubud was born.