Ujung Water Palace, Stunning Garden of Former Karangasem Kingdom

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Ujung Water Palace
Ujung Water Palace in Karangasem. (Image by 5477687 on Pixabay)

UJUNG Water Palace (Taman Sukasada) was founded by king of Karangasem I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, who was also called Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. Originally, the area was almost 400 hectares, but now it only remains around 10 hectares. Most of the lands have been distributed to people during the land reform period. This park is a private property of the Karangasem royal family. Nevertheless, general visitors are still allowed to make a visit.

On the initiative of Anak Agung Anglurah, the water park was built in 1909. Two architects entrusted to handle the project were a Dutchman named van Den Hentz and a Chinese named Loto Ang. This development also involves a traditional Balinese architect (undagi). So, it is not surprising if the building has a blend of Balinese and European style

Actually, it is further development of the Dirah pond which was built in 1901 and could just be completed in 1921. However, it could just be inaugurated in 1937 marked with a marble inscription bearing the scripts in Latin and Balinese script as well as Malay and Balinese languages.

Uniqueness owned by this water palace destination that can be enjoyed by the public until now is the beauty of the resting building in the middle of a pond connected to a bridge and on the other side there are stairs to the location on which there are pillars without a roof. Here, visitors can see the beauty of the natural scenery around it.

When looking towards the southeast, visitors can see the view of the blue ocean. And when looking to the east visitors are treated to beautiful views and unique architecture of the Ujung Water Palace. The beauty of the Bisbis Hill’s panorama is no less beautiful and attractive.

In this age of social media, many visitors take advantage of the corners of the park to take pictures for updating their social media posts. In addition, this location is also often used for shooting prewedding photo session with a classic nuance background. Are you also interested in exploring the beauty hidden in this historic building? So, do not forget to include this destination in your next itinerary when spending holidays in Bali.

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