TAMAN KERTHA GOSA BALI PLACE

BALI CYCLING Tour Review

When the Dewa Agung dynasty moved here in 1710, the Semara Pura was established. The palace was laid out as a large square, believed to be in the form of a mandala, with courtyards, gardens, pavilions and moats. The complex is sometimes referred to as Taman Gili (Island Garden). Most of the original palace and grounds were destroyed by Dutch attacks in 1908 – the Pemedal Agung , the gateway on the south side of the square, is all that remains of the palace itself (but it’s worth a close look to see the carvings).

Two important buildings are preserved in a restored section of the grounds, and, with a museum, they comprise the Taman Kertha Gosa complex. Although vendors are persistent, parking is easy and it’s easy to explore the town from here. Continue reading

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