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Puri Agung Karangasem

Jalan Sultan Agung, Karangasem, Kecamatan Karangasem, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, 80811

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Puri Agung Karangasem, home of the royal family of Karangasem, covers three palaces built by the last Raja in the early 20th century: Puri Agung, Taman Ujung, Taman Tirtagannga. Stiff Chilli is helping Puri Karangasem in preserving the history both through video oral history and digitalising all written records. “The king’s palace is located at the centre of the city, a huge walled area consisting of grand buildings in numerous separate courtyards. Its inner walls of red brick would have been around 4metres high, towering over everything around with beautiful Chinese porcelain plates set into them. At the main entrances a number mountainous great gates in a kind of pyramid shape topped the walls. These gates were the first of many symbols of the three worlds heaven, earth and hell. Just outside the main gate was an open yard were the king held audiences and staged theatrical performances. Behind the gates the gates were a series of inner courtyards. The nearest to the entrance of these inner courtyards would have been for the kings menagerie :all kinds of beasts from domestic pigs to horses and deer. Other courtyards near that acted as quarters for the royal slaves and concubines, whose modest pavilions typified the dwellings of most Balinese. Further inside, beyond the lush gardens where ponds enclosed high open pavilions ,were the royal quarters with a monumental central building in brick, which was decorated again with porcelain and surrounded by all kinds of statues. Its doors like the doors of the main gates, were beautifully carved woodwork covered in gold. Like the heroic king Rama’s palace in ancient epic the Ramayana, the decorations of the Karangasem Palace were part of its image of wealth and beauty, they were its treasures which “like white teeth, grinning at the inferior beauty of heaven”.

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