Puri Agung Karangasem

The former king's palace

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Built at the end of the 19th century, Puri Agung Karangasem is a series of compounds that house the royal palace of the last kings of Karangasem and other associated structures.

Within the first compound are a number of rooms once used for guests of the king. The gates at both ends of the compound are large and elaborate and feature a number of wonderfully carved stone tiers which house spirits that guard occupants from evil.

The second pavilion is where the ticket office is located and you will be required to donate at least 10,000 rupiah to enter the inner court called Maskerdam. Within this inner court is where the main items of attractions are located such as the king's former living quarters, a bale in the middle of a pond and a bale to the northwest of the pond still used to this day for ceremonial purposes.

The king's former living quarters still have some old furniture inside providing a glimpse of how life was earlier this century. Even more fascinating is the large number of photos hanging on the walls depicting the king's interactions with the Dutch colonial overlords at the turn of the century.

This sight is a real treat for history buffs and is well worth the 10,000 rupiah entrance fee.

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Jalan Sultan Agung, Amlapura
Last updated: 8th April, 2011

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