The Water Palace in Bali, Taman Ujung Karangasem
Taman Ujung Karangasem or well known as Taman Ujung Sukasada is a tourism object in the East side of Bali which is quite popular to foreigner and also domestic visitors. When holiday season, there are many visitors come there to spend their time with family. This place is quite similar with Taman Ayun Bali in Mengwi.
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Taman Ujung located in the edge of Karangasem Regency, near by the beach. Instead of recreation place, Taman Ujung is also a place to do photography for wedding. Many photographers and also couples choose this place to do their prewedding shoot because the place is really beautiful. We also recommend you that thing.Taman Ujung is also a historical place, because this place was built by the King of Karangasem when Bali still headed by King in each area.
What you can find in Taman Ujung Karangasem?
Taman Ujung Karangasem located di Tumbu Village, Karangasem Regency. The purpose of this place when the first time is a place for Kings to take a rest. At Dutch East Indies era, this place named Water Paleis which is mean “The Water Palace”. Why? Because most of this place is a beautiful park with wonderful water pond.
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The Beautiful Architecture of Taman Ujung Karangasem
Taman Ujung built as the order of the king of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, in 1909. The architects at that time were a Dutchman named van Den Hentz and a Chinese named Loto Ang. This project also involved Undagi (Balinese architect) so the architecture of Taman Ujung is a combination of European and Bali. The construction was completed in 1921. The most visible European architecture can be seen from the colorful glass ornaments and these are found in the room of the King, in the building wall. That colorful glass looks similar with the decoration in the church.
Architecture in Taman Ujung is not as new as when it first made. It is because some damage from natural disaster. The worst damage happened in 1963 when Mount Agung, the highest mount in Bali, erupted. And then, in 2000 the government and Puri Karangasem fixed Taman Ujung without compromising the beauty of the place.
The Route to the Taman Ujung
If you want to visit Taman Ujung from Denpasar, it will take about one and half hour, 65 kilometers. You will go through Prof. Ida Bagus Mantra and passed the Goa Gajah Temple. If you come from North Bali, especially Lovina Beach, it will take about three hours to get to the Taman Ujung.