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Visiting exotic Bali palaces is one of the best things to do in Bali when you happen to be there. The beautiful and unique architecture of Bali invariably impresses tourists. Not only temples, but also the local palaces, create a fairy-tale atmosphere. By entering, you enter the remote world, away from everyday life and ordinariness.

Rich decorations, bas-reliefs, sculptures, gates, pavilions, courtyards, family temples, swimming pools. The space is designed to encourage contemplation, provide a sense of peace.

Palaces are impressive.

They were supposed to give away the meaning of the rulers ruling here. Like residential houses and temples, they consist of many buildings, pavilions, courtyards, arranged in a thoughtful and consistent manner with tradition.

Although natural disasters and many places in Bali have been the island for ages, some of the palaces have also been hard-hit by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, we can still admire their beauty.

UBUD PALACE

TIRTA GANGGA

UJUNG WATER PALACE

KERTA GOSA

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 ubud palace 

Go and Feel like a Royal

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Why go There?

It’s a royal residence

The palace was the official home of the royal family of Ubud. It is located in the Ubud city center, so it is conveniently accessible. If you live in Ubud you can easily stop by. Maybe you will meet someone from the royal family? Its members still live here.

Legong Dance shows

Legong dance means dance of the royal palace. Once they were performed behind closed doors, only for members of the royal family. Now you have the chance to see it, and the performances are very entertaining, as most of the actors are young women. The dance requires extraordinary skills from the performers. Actresses make special gestures, movements with fingers, feet and mines.

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What To Know about Ubud Palace?

Puri Saren Agung

Puri means royal palace. Built in Balinese style, palace is made of red bricks with elements of stone. It was built in the nineteenth century during the reign of Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel. Despite many renovations, and especially reconstruction after the earthquake in 1917, the palace did not lose its beauty. I think even gained some, since local artisans worked at the construction site. Some of the rooms are closed to the public, but generally tourists can move around freely.

The palace is a cultural center

Ubud is known as the cultural center of the island, and is famous for developing spirituality and fine art. Both traditional as well as modern, run by people from around the world who have loved this island. The development of art was supported by the last rulers of Ubud, Tjokord Gede Agung Sukawati and his brother Tjokord Gede Rak Sukawati. They invited artists like Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet to Ubud, who stayed in the palace after arrival. Ubud rulers together with the artists founded Pita Maha, an association with a goal to support and promote local artists. As the result, many world famous people visited Bali, including Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Barbara Hutton, H.G. Wells and writer Vicki Baum.

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The Ubud Palace hosts selection of performances, from music to literature and dance. Attendance is usually tourists only, during Ubud Writer’s Festival which attracts a larger and more diverse audience. The dance performances, particularly barong dances, are an ideal setting for the Ubud Palace in a culturally relevant fashion.

Hotel in the Palace

When, at the beginning of the 20th century, more and more tourists started to come to Bali, Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati saw this as a chance. And in 1928 he opened a hotel in the palace. In this way, the royal palace was the first hotel in Ubud. Today, guests can also sleep in the palace. It offers five bungalows.


When to go to Ubud Palace?

The palace is very crowded, so it is worth going there in the morning. Also during major Bali festivals such as Kuningan and Galungan. The nearest ones are

July 24th, 2019 / August 3rd, 2019

February 19th, 2020 / February 29th, 2020

September 16th, 2020 / September 26th, 2020

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Sitting in a prime position at the intersection of Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Raya Ubud, opposite Ubud Market and slightly southeast of Pura Saraswati.

Opening hoursOpening hours are from 9:00 to 18:00
AdmissionFree, but those wishing to attend a dance performance will purchase a ticket. Depending on the event and the day, these are available at various tour agencies and cost between Rp. 50,000 and Rp. 100,000.
ParkingFree parking in the area

If you plan to go to Kecak Dance, make sure you come early to reserve good seats. 30 minutes before the dance is recommended. Balinese people sell tickets in front of palace in the morning and afternoon.

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Putu

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 tirta gangga 

Let the Premium Water Garden give you a Catchy view

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Why go There?

Worth for a beauty Visit

The reason you visit the place is its lavish structure. It is a palace surrounded by beautiful waterfalls. The site has pools, ponds, and fountains in between neatly cut lawns covered with stepping stones. The shiny pools are provided shade by lush greenery all around. Trees with juicy fruits definitely drive your attraction towards them.

Monuments

Tirta Gangga is a spectacular location to visit. Its entrance is a pond which makes it fascinating. The pond is neatly arranged with the guardian statues holding sticks. In addition, polygonal stepping stones are placed over the pond for the visitors to walk on. You can view the golden carp closely in clear and shallow ponds while walking on the stones.

A Restaurant

You can also enjoy a full meal buffet at the palace after a joyful bath. The buffet covers various kinds of traditional dishes inclusive of salads and desserts.

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What To Know about Tirta Gangga?

History Of Tirta Gangga Site

The Tirta Gangga was built in the year 1946 during the reign of Raja Karangasem. The Gannga represents a series of showers from the volcanic ashes which had been sacred for many. You are welcome to visit and relax in the warm pools.

Location

Tirta Gangga is located in the village of Ababi, an approximate 75km east of Denpasar. There are springs located at a higher ground to the right of the entrance of the place under a large banyan tree. The water is considered holy by the locals and is used during religious ceremonies, as well as a source of drinking water.


When to go to Tirta Gangga?

Tirta Gangga can be visited any day, but the exciting time can be during weekends to explore the culture. Weekdays can be fun for those who enjoy quiet and peaceful moments.
Address: The address of Tirta Gangga is Ababi, Abang, Karangasem Regency, and Bali, Indonesia. One of Regency situated in the east part of Bali island. Therefore, it takes 2.5 hours’ drive from the International Ngurah Rai Airport.

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Sitting in a prime position at the intersection of Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Raya Ubud, opposite Ubud Market and slightly southeast of Pura Saraswati.

Opening hoursTirta Gangga can be visited between – 8:00 am to 11 pm.
AdmissionAn Entrance fee of 10,000 IDR per person is charged to enter the palace.
ParkingA huge space is available for the tourists to park their cars at a cost of 2,000 IDR per hour.

I like this place as it is very quiet and cooler then rest of Bali because of water cooling effects. Good photo opportunities.

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Mardika

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 UJUNG WATER PALACE 

pools and great volcano view

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Why go There?

Balinese and European Architecture

If you are a fan of beautiful structures and buildings, then you cannot miss out on the Ujung Water Palace. The combination of local and European influence can be seen in the myriads of pavilions, bridges and gazebos that complement the natural setting of the place.  At the very heart of the park is the palace itself, the center point from which the pools and the surroundings were developed.

Splendid Pools and Bridges

The biggest pool in the park is the famous Dirah Pool, which was built in 1901 and finished in 1921. Later on, two more large manmade pools were added. You can view the beautiful and relaxing pools while walking across magnificent bridges that will bring you from different points throughout the park.

Best Vantage Points

One of the best-selling points of Ujung, other than the beautiful buildings and shining pools, are the panoramic views of the surrounding area. From the higher points of the park you can see a range of hills on the southeast known as Bukit Bisbis. You can also find the magnificent Ujung Beach to the south with its pristine shoreline and clear waters.

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What To Know about Ujung Water Palace?

The Origins of the Water Palace

The palace and the surrounding park came to existence due to the Karangasem dynasty. It was built in the early 1900s by the first king of the realm, Anak Agung Anglurah. You will be able to truly see the magnificence of the royal in the cultural, artistic, and historic elements in the park.

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Magnificent Entrance

The main entrance to the complex is a carpet-like set of stairs that would definitely make you feel like royalty. Aside from the exercise of going down several flights of stairs, you also get to enjoy a view of the entire park.

Surviving volcanic eruptions and earthquakes

Another interesting note about the Ujung Water Palace is that it managed to survive a devastating volcanic eruption – that of Mount Agung in 1963. It also proved resilient against an earthquake that occurred in 1979.


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The park is located in the Seraya Village of the Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia.

Opening hoursSundays to Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm
AdmissionThe entrance fee for children and adults is around Rs. 50,000.
ParkingAvailable

There is a lot of vendors next to the Water Palace car park selling drinks, snacks and souvenirs. This is a great place to relax.

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Jero

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 KERTA GOSA ROYAL PALACE 

beautiful murals in the walls and ceilings

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Why go There?

Remains of the Original Palace

The palace is officially known as the Puri Agung Semarapura. It has been built since the 17th century but has been severely devastated during the Dutch conquests that occurred in the early 1900s. Fortunately, you can still view pieces of this historical site along with the nearby temple museum and the Kerta Gosa Pavilion.

Klungkung Temple

Within the palace grounds is a series of temples where you can spend time viewing the remnants of intricately carved statues and wall carvings. Through these pieces of art, I am sure you can get a glimpse into Indonesia’s values, culture and spiritual beliefs.

The Kerta Gosa Pavilion

The crowning attraction of the Klungkung Palace is the Kerta Gosa Pavilion, the hall of justice that is found in the northeastern side of the compound. In this historic building, the king of Bali with the guidance and counsel of three priests would pass judgment on cases and conflicts in the kingdom. You can also witness beautiful murals in the walls and ceilings of the pavilion which portrayed the Indonesian beliefs on the afterlife and karma.   

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What To Know about Klungkung Palace?

Product of the East Bali Regency

The palace is a testament to the splendor of the royalty that ruled the area during the 17th century. Aside from this, the palace is also a symbol of Indonesian bravery and conviction. The palace served as the site of a last stand against Dutch invaders by the remaining members of the royal family in 1908.

Descendants of the Rajas

The present descendants of the great rajas also still live in the palace compound. These heirs to the Klungkung royalty own a residence called Puri Agung in the western side of the original palace. It was built in 1929.

In-Palace Museum

You can also find a museum in the palace compound where you can spend more intricate moments with preserved pieced of authentic arts and antiques. They can tell you a story of the region’s past: its struggles and triumphs.


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The palace is found alongside the temple in Semarapura, the capital of the Karangasem Regency in Eastern Bali, Indonesia.

Opening hoursEveryday, 9 am to 5 pm
AdmissionAround Rs. 10,000 to 20,000
ParkingAvailable

Very little tourists here, especially in the early hours – so you can have the place almost to yourselves!

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Hery

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