Karangasem, Amlapura, Puri Agung Kanginan

Karangasem, Amlapura, Puri Agung Kanginan


Puri Agung Kanginan is a 19th century princely palace. This palace consists of three parts: Bengingah (where traditional festivals held), gardens, and residential apartments of the princely family.

Here we will enter through a gate guarded by lions. There is an artificial pond with a pavilion, the Balekambang. We can also see decoration that depict scenes from the Ramayana. Within the main palace precinct, we can find Bale London, a building which has richly carved doors and well paintings. Beside the building is the Bale Pemandesan, in which the ritual tooth-filing was performed. There also an audience hall called Puri Madura, also known as the Maskerdam.

Amlapura, Karangasem regency
80 km east of Denpasar

– Balinese palaces become tourist attractions

Balinese palaces become tourist attractions


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Balinese palaces become tourist attractions

by Desy Nurhayati on 2013-03-05

Some palaces in Bali are to be developed into tourist attractions, where visitors can stay, learn about Balinese culture and traditions and enjoy a truly Balinese experience.

The concept of palace tourism was to help promote the old culture and traditions specific to Bali as a unique destination, said Djinaldi Gosana, executive director of the Bali Hotels Association (BHA), who initiated the concept.

“Tourists can learn about local culture and traditions from the royal family’s penglingsir [head of the family]. They can stay for several days, even one or two weeks, to learn many things and join in the activities there,” he told Bali Daily recently.

He explained briefly about the activities that tourists could participate in during their stay in a royal home, including a royal dinner — in which the royal family would wear their traditional attire, while listening to stories and explanations from the royal family. They could also walk around the palace, shop at a nearby traditional market and learn to cook traditional dishes.

Local people living around the palace would also be involved in this tourism, with the hope that it could improve their livelihoods.

“The royal family can invite local artists to perform in front of the foreign guests,” Djinaldi said, giving an example of the local people’s involvement.

He emphasized that this program was not intended to commercialize royalty, but an effort to develop community-based tourism that involved local people and focused on promoting the uniqueness of Bali.

“The royal families should not consider this merely business, but also a way to improve local people’s welfare and to preserve Balinese culture and traditions.”

While looking for more investors to finance the renovation of some of the palaces, he has started to offer this tourism concept to travel agents, so that they could include it in their tour packages.

BHA is helping the royal families to carry out renovations on their respective palaces starting this month, so that the families would be better prepared to welcome guests. Renovations will include repairing garden footpaths, as well as bathrooms and walls.

Djinaldi said the pilot project for the concept had been conducted at Puri Bedulu (Bedulu Palace) in Gianyar. Some other palaces that will open their doors to guests include Puri Jro Kuta, Puri Kanginan, Puri Kerambitan, Puri Penebel and Puri Bongkasa.

Bagus Sudibya, deputy chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies in Bali, said the association welcomed this idea, saying Bali needed to develop authentic tourism activities to attract tourists.

“Tourists always want something authentic, not a duplication,” he said.

In fact, some travel agents have developed packages that are similar to the concept currently being developed by BHA.

Bagus gave an example of cruise passengers in Padangbai, Karangasem, who were invited to dine with the king at Tirtagangga Palace.

“Many tourists have also attended a royal wedding or cremation in other palace, like Peliatan and Mengwi.”

He agreed that the palace tourism could be a concept combining the preservation of culture, tourism and the development of the local economy.

“It’s a good way to create more benefits from tourism for local people, economically, so that they will have a greater willingness to help develop tourism.”

Puri Pemecutan in Denpasar and Puri Ubud in Ubud are two palaces that opened their doors to tourists decades ago.

Tabanan, Puri Kerambitan

Tabanan, Puri Kerambitan

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Abhiseka Ida Anglurah Kerambitan XII, Long Live The King!

Anak Agung Ngurah Ketut Dharma Putra accompanied by Ida Ayu Anggraeni empress became the new king and queen with new name Ida Anglurah Kerambitan XII of the royal place Puri Kerambitan district of Tabanan, Bali

Denpasar, Puri Agung Jro Kuta

Denpasar, Puri Agung Jro Kuta


  Traditional Balinese palatial architecture is the main attribute of the Jro Kuta Palace. It’s Pemerajan Agung major temple is common in Balinese palatial complexes and, a Pekandelan hall also functions as a fortress. It is located about 300 metres away from the Badung and Kumbasari markets. 

Location: Jalan Kumbakarna, Denpasar (100 metres from Pura Maospahit Gerenceng)

Denpasar, Kesiman Palace

Denpasar, Kesiman Palace

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Pelebon Puri Kesiman, Denpasar

Cremation in Bali

  Located nearby Petilan Temple, Kesiman Palace boasts the traditional architecture of its royal family’s mansion and temple. It’s also a tradition that when locals hold a feast, they sometimes come and bring food donations here.

Location: Jalan W.R. Supratman


Pelebon, Puri Kesiman

Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die…

Ubud, Peliatan palace

Ubud, Peliatan  palace




Thousands people of local and foreigners jammed the main road of Peliatan village- Ubud, on Tuesday November 2nd. They paid their last respect to the late King of Peliatan, Ida Dewa Agung Peliatan who passed away on August 2010. Many locals were involved to make this biggest royal cremation going smoothly. Meanwhile the foreigners seem don’t want to miss this royal procession by capturing this grandeur they never see before using camera, on the side of the road.

Police officers and traditional security officers named Pecalang tried to prevent the force of people who would like to watch the grand procession from the closer area. They then made a posse so that the series of ceremony was not bothered by thousands of people. The same thing was also done by these officers on the previous days when the royal family brought Naga Banda (dragon effigy) from Ubud Palace to Peliatan Palace. On that day, the royal family chartered two elephants to transfer the Peliatan King’s successor, Cokorda Putra Nindia.

Indeed from couple of months ago, the royal family of Peliatan had prepared all things for the cremation. As the result started from a week before the peak day, the 11-tiered cremation tower embellished with golden flower, Naga Banda, and white giant bull effigy were ready and placed in front of Peliatan Headman’s office. Needless to say, on every single day many foreigners and locals came to this place and took pictures of 8-meter-tall white bull effigy and the sumptuous 25,5-meter-tall cremation tower in which Balinese call it as Bade. The white bull effigy was not an ordinary effigy. The details were so captivating and the horns were made from 22-carat gold.

On November 2nd, the deceased of Peliatan King which had been laid into the Bade was carried by thousands of Peliatan people from the palace to the cremation site. This Royal Cremation involved people from 34 banjar and 7.200 pallbearers. The cremation tower, Naga Banda, and the white bull effigy were then burnt in flames together with the body of King of Peliatan IX, Ida Dewa Agung Peliatan.

Ubud, Palace

Ubud, Palace

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Historically, the Balinese village of Ubud can trace its roots to as far back as the 8th century. It is documented on ancient palm leaf scripts that a revered holy man from India by the name of Rsi Markaneya embarked on a spiritual journey across Java and eventually came to the island of Bali to spread the teachings of Hinduism.

It was on his travels that he received a divine revelation that in Bali he was to bury five precious metals on a mountain slope where the mother temple of Besakih now stands today. Along with a group of followers, Rsi Markaneya was magnetically attracted to a destination located in the central foothills of the island that radiated light and energy. This place was Campuhan in Ubud at a junction in the Wos River and it was here that he felt compelled to build a temple by the name of Pura Gunung Lebah.

On subsequent expeditions around Bali, Rsi Markaneya built a number of other significant temples and created a shared irrigation system for the terraced landscape that is still practiced by farmers today. The formation of the banjar, which is a village council responsible for community and religious affairs, was also inspired by this holy man. In essence, it can be said that Rsi Markaneya is responsible for the foundation of Balinese Hinduism in it purest form referred to as Agama Tirta or the religion of holy water.

Since being discovered backing the 8th century, the area of Campuhan has always been highly regarded by the Balinese for its immense spiritual powers. Even the term Ubud is derived from the term ubad, meaning medicine in reference to the traditional healing properties of the array of plants that randomly grow here. Generations of Hindu worshippers have made special pilgrimages to the fork in the Wos River to mediate, bathe and collect holy water for temple ceremonies and cleansing rituals.

There had always been ties between Java and Bali, but it was the disintegration of the once mighty Majapahit kingdom in the 15th century that saw a mass exodus of nobles to Bali. A new kingdom on the island’s east coast called Gelgel was consequently established and gave sanctuary to many important ruling families. They brought with them an artistic legacy and the principles of the caste system.

By the 17th century Bali invariably experienced a rapid emergence of new kingdoms, including the founding of several royal houses in Ubud. However, this period also saw much conflict between the royal clans with supremacy as the ultimate goal. A prince from Klungkung was sent to create a palace in Sukawati as a centre of great power and aesthetic beauty. Artisans came from all over Bali to help in its construction and once completed many of them chose to stay. Sukawati today is a community that strongly supports all forms of artistry as well as dance and music.

With the successful establishment of a reigning authority in Sukawati, palace retainers were then sent in the late 1700’s to secure the area of Ubud. A pair of cousins formed rival communities in Padang Tegal and further north in the area of Taman. Following subsequent fighting between these neighbouring villages the king of Sukawati sent his brothers Tjokorde Ngurah Tabanan to Peliatan and Tjokorde Tangkeban to Sambahan to establish palaces with the notion to control these troubled areas.

Despite early feudalistic struggles between the kingdoms of Peliatan and Mengwi, the two overcame their differences following a battle that is said to have involved magical powers. Thereafter, the people of Mengwi moved to help populate Ubud and during the latter 1800’s the entire area began to flourish with plentiful rice supplies and a booming economy.

By the middle of the 19th century there was a certain anti-Dutch sentiment brewing within the kingdoms and conflict was still rife. Mengwi experienced a bitter defeat and all land was distributed between its aggressors. Several of the battles that took place were actually fuelled by the Dutch and it was an unusual time that saw opposing kingdoms suddenly form alliances.

The colonizing Dutch authorities chose to start interfering with the island’s politics at the beginning of the 20th century. Under the leadership of Tjokorde Gede Raka Sukawati, Ubud came to be known as a sub-regency and then much later in 1981 became a sub-district taking over the administration of 13 neighbourhoods and 7 traditional villages. The district of Ubud today encompasses all areas within the boundaries of Tegallalang, Peliatan, Mas and Kedewatan.

Bali saw a significant influx of overseas visitors during the 1930’s.This first wave of tourism was focused in and around Ubud due to the business confidence of Tjokorde Gede Agung Sukawati who was proficient in English and Dutch. He had established a small guest house and his older brother Tjokorde Raka Sukawati, who lived across the street, took the initiative to welcome the celebrated artist cum composer Walter Spiers to Ubud to live and work.

This set a trend for other foreign artists and soon the likes of Rudolf Bonnet and Willem Hofker arrived to set up easel and paint. As word of Ubud and its enchanting beauty spread, the village went on to host a circle of famous faces such as Noel Coward, Charlie Chaplain, H.G Wells and the recognized anthropologist Margaret Mead.

The vision to establish a painters association was born in 1936 and saw a collaboration to form the Pita Maha between Tjokorde Gede Agung, Spies, Bonnet and several local artists. With the help of the American composer Colin McPhee, who had built a home along the stunning Sayan Ridge, the group was responsible for bringing together some of Bali’s greatest artists to teach painting, dance and music to a younger generation. Ubud developed the reputation as being the cultural pulse of Bali and that image still stands today.

World War II brought hardship to the island and Ubud suffered considerably. The Japanese invaded and this was later followed by a violent struggle against the Dutch for independence. Indonesian gained its freedom and its first president in 1945, but some 20 years later a so called ‘communist coup’ saw thousands of murders across the archipelago. Many lives were stolen, especially in Ubud and it is local folk lore that the white egrets inhabiting the area of Petulu are actually the lost souls of those who were massacred.

After almost 20 years of uncertainly, tourism resumed in Ubud during the 1970’s when backpackers and hippies set out to seek new experiences. A steady flow of visitors have since found themselves captivated by the intense beauty of the landscape and gracious hospitality of its people. Ubud has managed to embrace the 21st century with dignity and still retain its timeless artistry, culture and religion. It is a unique destination blessed with a strong sense of community and rare spiritual energy.

Denpasar, Pemecutan palace

Denpasar, Pemecutan palace



Pemecutan palace was built in the 17th century in the era of Pemecutan Kingdom in Denpasar. It is one of the palaces which are opened for visitors. Managed by the modern, last king of Denpasar, Ida Cokorda Pemecutan, the royal house is completed with accommodation facilities, allowing the best way a visitor could get to get in touch with palatial atmosphere or and learn the long history of Denpasar.
Location: Pemecutan Palace is located at Jalan Thamrin No.2 Denpasar, nearby Kumbasari traditional market.
Facility: Simple tourist accommodation with an array of food stalls available just outside of the palace.

Klungkung, Semarapura, Royal Palace

Klungkung, Semarapura, Royal Palace

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Klungkung Royal Palace in Indonesia is an ancient royal palace located in the heart of Klungkung on the main road. The Royal palace is equidistant from Denpasar and Padangbai in Bali.

Other details about Klungkung Royal Palace, Bali
Address: Bali, BY 80751 Indonesia
Neighborhood: East Bali: Klungkung
For any information call at: +62 361 225 649 (Regional Tourism Office)
Admission Charge for the palace: IDR5,000
Opening Hours: 8am-6pm daily

The Dewa Agung dynasty commissioned the construction of the Klungkung Palace, when the court was moved to Klungkung at the end of the 17th century, 1710 to be precise. Semara Pura is the existing palace, which contains a large square with spacious courtyards, lush manicured gardens, pavilions and moats. There are stone walls with water lilies in the moat surround the very beautiful Taman Gili complex.

What the tourists see today is actually a reconstruction, as the original Klungkung Royal Palace was destroyed by the Dutch during attacks in 1908. The final event that marked the end of Klungkung’s glory is a rather sad one and sends shivers down the spine of those who remember it.

In the early 20th century, the Dutch unleashed their reign of terror on Bali and started occupying it in the early 20th century, forcing each kingdom, to submit to their rule. The Dewa Agung of Klungkung refused to yield to the Dutch, thus inciting them to set themselves up, outside the royal palace to attack.

Thus came the black day in the history of Klungkung when the Dewa Agung and 200 of his courtiers marched down the street and commited a ‘puputan‘ (ritual group suicide) stabbing each other with ceremonial kris, rather than submit to the foreign power. Some of the royal family who were left were exiled in Lombok

Karangasem, Amlapura, Grand Palace

Karangasem, Amlapura,  Grand Palace

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Taman Soekada Ujung


The promise of floating pavilions, lotus ponds, fluted columns, intricately carved balustrades, and gateways leading to nowhere, will lure you to the grand water palace of Taman Ujung. This intriguing, romantic complex of pools is linked by bridges, archways, and a shaded avenue of mango and frangipani trees.

The uniquely designed Karangasem Grand Palace was built by the end of the 19th century by the first king of Karangasem, combining Balinese, Chinese and European architectural styles. Most of the buildings are set as if each floats above the pool water, with small bridges connecting one another, like a Chinese palace in general. The European influence can be seen from the design of main building, the guarding post at the front of the palace, and vast veranda called Maskerdam. The Balinese style can be seen from the entrance gate, built from red bricks with puppet, describing religious stories, as the ornaments. This combination has never been found in other palaces in Bali.
Location: Karangasem Grand Palace is located at the heart of Amlapura, the capital of District of Karangasem, 78 km from Denpasar. Accessible by public transport from Denpasar.