What is the difference between had been and went to?
When can I use—
I had been to that temple.
And when can I use—
I went to that temple.
You can say both but when you say "I went" is in simple past and this tense refers when an action happened in the past and finishes in the past. The past perfect is "I had been" and it refers to an action that takes place before a certain time in the past, example: Before I came here, I had spoken to Manuel.
On the other hand, I would put "I had been in that temple".