Taman Ujung – A Beautiful and Quiet Water Palace

taman-ujung-1Taman Ujung or also known as Taman Soekasada is a water palace located in the eastern part of Bali, Tumbu Village, Karangasem Regency. It approximately takes 2.5 hour drive to reach Taman Ujung from Kuta area. The beautiful water palace was built in 1919 by Gusti Bagus Jelantik, the king of Karangasem who reigned Karangasem between 1909 and 1945. On 1963, Mount Agung erupted and destroyed the water palace, a great damage was caused but slowly the government restored the area.

At first, the palace tamanujung3was built by the king as a moat for punishing people who were practicing black magic, further later he discovered that  the palace had a magnificent view with several springs. The king then enlarged and decorated the palace and changed the palace into a water palace to welcome important guests and kings as well as a place of recreation for the king and royal families. The parking area and the main palace area which is separated by a big pond is connected by a beautiful long concrete bridge. There are several traditional Balinese building in the palace area which is functioned as the kings room, family room, meeting room, kitchen and others. Inside the buildings, visitors may see photographs of the royal families and some other ancient objects.

The building of Tataman-ujung17man Ujung combines Balinese and European architectural features, the palace is often visited by domestic and foreign visitors. Taking photographs is the main activity that is done in the palace area. It is recommended to bring a hat when visiting the palace on afternoon times because it may get quite hot. When having a tour around Karangasem area visitors may come by and see the beautiful water palace.

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