Klungkung Travel Guide

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  • Kertha Gosa

    The ceilings of Hall of Justice and the Floating Pavilion are each decorated with very interesting paintings done in the Kamasan style. Kamasan is the name of a small village a little southeast of Semarapura. It was in Kamasan where this very early and distinctive style of painting, which was adopted by the royal court, originated. These ceiling...

  • The Taman Kertha Gosa

    Of greatest note and interest is the Taman Kertha Gosa complex which is the restored palace grounds first erected in 1710. The two most important buildings in this complex, and very worthy of spending some time enjoying, are the Kertha Gosa, or the Hall of Justice and the Bale Kambang also known as the Floating Pavilion. There is also an...


    The whole ceiling is covered in painted panels. Each level depicts a different theme. Fascinating and beautiful. Don't miss a visit to this while in Bali.


    The Hall of Justice is located within the grounds of Semara Pura. This was the supreme court of the Klungkung kingdom. It is an open sided pavilion with the ceiling completely covered inside with paintings. They were originally done on cloth, but had to be replaced as the cloth had deteriorated.


    Most of the original palace and grounds were destroyed by Dutch attacks in 1908. It has been laid out in a square, with courtyards, gardens, pavilions and moats. We were there quite early in the morning, before any other tourists arrived and found it to be a lovely peaceful place.

  • Museum

    Across the street from the Taman Gili is a small museum called Museum Daerah Semarapura.There you can see a collection of bronze and marble sculptures and painting by an Italian artist. There is also photos of the royal family and the palace from the aerly 1900's.

  • Paintings

    The ceilings of both buildings are painted with scenes from Balinese mythsThe paintings have undergone restoration and repainting several times in the last hundred years, but remain fine examples of the wayang style, in which the figures resemble shadow puppets.

  • Moat

    Built in the arly 18th century, Taman Gili (Moated Garden) is what remains of the royal palace, most of which was destroyed in 1908 during the Dutch conquestThe surrounding moat gave the Bale Kambang its name" floating pavilion"

  • Monument

    In the center of the downtown square there is a large monument that marks an event that took place in 1908, when 200 members of the Klungkung royal court commited ritual suicide.The monument is the Puputan Monument.It is across from the Taman Gili.


Klungkung Shopping

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    by Ubudian Written Apr 11, 2007

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    An excellent and typical good Balinese market where all sorts of things can be found. Be sure to bargain!

    What to buy: As typical of Balinese markets, one can find everything from crafts to clothing, flowers to food.

    What to pay: Bargain, bargain and then bargain some more. Lots of stalls there, so that means lots of competition too! Good values can be found in this market.

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Klungkung Local Customs

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    Fast food

    by kyoub Written Sep 12, 2004

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    Around town you will see several kaki lima or food carts. You can grab a fast bite here at one of these if you want to take the chance.
    The food is good but the standard of cleanliness questionable.

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