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“Ancient Justice in Kerta Gosa”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Klungkung Temple

Klungkung Temple
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Ranked #168 of 713 things to do in Bali
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Klungkung Temple and Klungkung Palace is a historical building complex situated in Semarapura, the capital of the Klungkung Regency (kabupaten) on Bali, Indonesia. The palace (puri) was erected at the end of the 17th century, but largely destroyed during the Dutch colonial conquest in 1908. Today the basic remains of the palace are the court of justice, the Kertha Gosa Pavilion, and the main gate that bears the date Saka 1622 (AD 1700). Within the old palace compound is also a floating pavilion, Bale Kambing, which was added in the 1940s. 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.
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“Ancient Justice in Kerta Gosa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

Through the TA forums, we heard about Klungkung temple (which is also called Kerta Gosa) in Klung Kung. We visited on our way from Ubud to Candi Dasa and it was one of my favorite places. I found the paintings on the ceilings depicting the karmic results of various (mostly bad) actions fascinating. There are many lovely statues throughout the gardens and along the walls. We enjoyed the little museum in the grounds with many old photos with interesting information about the area and its history. The buildings served as court where the local priests would cast judgement over local disputes and the like. The main building sits in the middle of a large pond, or small lake, with lots of lily pads, making it a beautiful scene.
Also, don't be tricked into buying a sarong outside. There are a few pushy sellers near the entrance that wait for cars carrying tourists to pull up to try to make a sale. As soon as you walk through the main gates, you can borrow one from the attendants who will even help you tie it on. If you're in the area, do make the stop.

Visited March 2012
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“Pleasant grounds, small modern art collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

Be sure to note the beautiful painted ceiling in the small pavilion in the center of the water feature. Remember to wear long pants or a sarong and sash.

Visited March 2012
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“Kingly power incarnate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2011

This intact royal temple gives you some idea of the power and grandeur of the Balinese kings (the idland was divided into several small kingdoms) before the Dutch conquered it.

Oh to be a king and embody your royal power by building an elegant stone temple that floats in the center of a grand cut-stone garden pool. At great ceremonies, the temple would fill with subjects bowing to the glory at once divine and temporal embodied in the sacred-king seated in regal splendor on the floating temple.

The painted roofs (restored along the lines of badly deteriorated originals ) on the roofs of the temple and judicial pavilions) are particularly notable.

Not a lot of stairs. No pesky vendors inside. Nor to they impose one of the dreadful mandatory guides. (see my other reviews)

Visited December 2011
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“Ancient Temple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

Quite old temple but cherished with all its goodness. You will have to wear their traditional cloth wrapped around your waist (Like a Loonogee) and then enter the temple. I personally enjoyed the gamelan and the peaceful silence inside the temple.

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“Never Tire of Visiting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2011

Everytime we visit Bali we visit the remaining buildings of the palace. Very little is left after the puputan against the Dutch at the start of the 20th century. The two pavilions have ornately painted ceilings and tranquil gardens. There is the large candi bentar (split gate) in one corner and a museum which seems to have had the same displays for the last 16 years. There is a small entrance fee which includes the price of a sarong if you do not have one with you. There are some kids who may hassle you for money in the grounds. The puputan monument is clearly visible from the grounds and the market is well worth a stroll.

Visited August 2010
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