5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit the Ujung Water Palace
Located in the Karangasem region in East Bali, the Taman Soekasada Ujung Water Palace is such a mesmerizing historical place that every cultural enthusiasts should see. We paid a visit to the palace earlier this month, and these are the reasons why we fell in love with it and why you should come visit this place.
The Ujung Water Palace was built in the era of Anak Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah in 1919, when he ruled the Kingdom of Karangasem from 1909 until 1945. Yet, the architectures are still well maintained until today.
A Time Machine
Arriving at the palace, you will feel as if you are entering a time machine that takes you back to the era of kingdoms in Bali, hundreds of years ago. The palace is rich with cultural heritage of the ancestors that are spread at eight spots (at least) throughout the site.
Entering the main gate, get ready to be in awe with a magnificent view of old buildings surrounded by a large fishpond. Balai Gili, which means a building that stands on an island, is the home of the king’s family. This building even more unique as it stands between to remarkable architectural bridges with Balinese details.
To the right side of the Balai Gili, lies the Balai Kambang, a semi-open space that used to function as a meeting space and royal regale. We couldn’t help but imagining all the important meetings the royal family hosted in the old days.
Climb up the stairs to reach the Balai Kapal. Standing here, you will see not only the whole area of the palace complex, but also the natural surroundings like the Lombok strait and the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other side! Balai Kapal used to function as the main gate of Taman Soekasada Ujung to monitor the area. Now, this part of the palace makes a wonderful spot for photography.
What to know before visiting the Taman Soekasada Ujung Water Palace:
? Free entrance!
? Prepare a hat or an umbrella if you visit the place during the day.
? Prepare some mineral water for climbing the long stairs.
Magazine issue > Lifestyle&Leisure