Bali Royal Palaces
Taman Ujung Karangasem is part of Karangasem Kingdom history, located at Tumbu village in Karangasem Regency, Bali, 5 kilometres from Amlapura or 2,5 hours drive from Bali Airport. In the Dutch East Indies era, this place known by the name Water Palace.
Taman Ujung was built by the King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, who holds Anak Agung Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah. This palace is a privately owned by Karangasem Kingdom. Taman Ujung was built in 1909. The beautiful concept and architecture was created by a “Dutch van Den Hentz “and a Chinese Loto Ang. This development also involves the undagi (Balinese architect). This palace is actually the development from Dirah Pool which has been built in 1901 The construction was completed in 1921. In 1937, Taman Ujung has three large pools. In the middle of the pool, there is the main building named Gili Bale, connected to the edge of the pool by bridge
Taman Ujung Karangasem inaugurated with a marble stele inscribed with the text in Latin and Balinese script and also two languages, Malay and Balinese. It was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963 and earthquake in 1975. At first the extent of almost 400 hectares, but now only about 10 hectares. Most of the land has been distributed to the public during the land reform. This park is privately owned family Puri Karangasem. But the general visitors are allowed to visit him. And also be a favorite place to do pre-wedding photo session.
2. Ubud Palace
Puri Saren Ubud, widely known as the Ubud Palace, is located in the heart of Ubud. The story of Ubud Palace began when the prince of Klungkung Kingdom was sent to create a palace in Sukawati. The success of Sukawati’s reign continued as he secured the Ubud area in 17 century. Many artisans came from all over Bali to help in its construction.
Bali saw a significant influx of overseas visitors during the 1930s.That why, Tjokorde Gede Agung Sukawati (prince) who was proficient in English and Dutch, had established a small guest house. Many foreign artists came to get inspiration of ubud and, soon the likes of Rudolf Bonnet and Willem Hofker arrived to set up easel and paint. a painters association was born in 1936 and make a collaboration to form the Pita Maha between Tjokorde Gede Agung, Spies, Bonnet and several local artists. With the coorporation of Colin McPhee ( the American composer), who had built a home along the Sayan Ridge, the group was bringing together some of Bali’s greatest artists to teach painting, dance and music to a younger generation.
Today, the Ubud Palace dynasty still holds a strong influence over the people of Ubud. However, these days, the function ofUbud Palace as a cultural centre. Ubud Palace is open to visitors from the morning to the afternoon. Entering the main gate, there is a courtyard where dances and other cultural performances are held every evening. The second gate brings visitors goes back to the Kingdom era, where a collection of Bali’s traditional architecture can be admired. Looking up at the ceiling, visitors will be stunned by the decorative carvings, with its intricate details and gold coating.
3. Klungkung Kingdom
The Klungkung kingdom was considered to be the highest and most important of the nine kingdoms of Bali., and The descendants of the first king, was “Dewa Agung Jambe” ruled under varying fortunes for more than two centuries.The Klungkung Palace, is a historical building complex situated in Semarapura, the capital of the Klungkung Regency ,Bali. The palace or known as Puri was erected at the end of the 17th century,but largely destroyed during the Puputan Klungkung between Klungkung Kingdom and Dutch colonial in 1908.
Today the basic remains of the palace are the court of justice known as Kerta Gosa, and the function of Kerta Gosa now as a historical Museum and also painting. different style of art painting can be seen here.The ceiling paintings of the Kerta Gosa are one of the outstanding examples of the Kamasan (or Wayang) style, who created by leading artists of Kamasan village such as: Kaki Rambut, Pan Seken, Mangku Mura and Nyoman Mandra in twentieth century. The main paintings depict the story of Bima in heaven and hell, but other stories depicted are the Tantri, the Garuda story, and scenes predicting the portents of earthquakes (Palindon).
Within the old palace compound is also a floating pavilion, the Bale Kembang. The descendants of the rajas that once ruled Klungkung today live in Puri Agung, a residence to the west of the old palace, which was built after 1929.
4. Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga is another section triumph of Karangasem Kingdom era. Tirta Gangga literally means water from the Ganges . Tirta Gangga was built in 1948 by the Raja of Karangasem, Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace in eastern Bali, about 20 minutes from Karangasem, near mount Agung and established around the lush rural areas . Tirta Gangga water palace is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and beautiful stone carvings and statues. Tirta Gangga was built on the 1 hectare of land by the late King of Karangsem but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963, but has been re-built and restored and has an air of authentic royal magnificence.
The centrepiece of the palace is an eleven tiered fountain and there are many beautiful carvings and statues adorning the gardens. The area around Tirta Gangga is very natural by its rice paddy terraces.you also can spend some of time to swim in another pool on the east side of Tirta Gangga.
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