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Romance, serenity at the Water Palace

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 22 2009   /  01:48 pm
Culture: A view over the ponds of the Soekasada water palace, with the garden compound in the background. (JP/Retno K. Djojo)(JP/Retno K. Djojo)

Culture: A view over the ponds of the Soekasada water palace, with the garden compound in the background. (JP/Retno K. Djojo) If you're hungering for a taste of history, art and culture, you will get a good dose in Karangasem regency, in the eastern part of Bali, which is rich in examples of the island's cultural heritage. Taman Soekasada or "The Water Palace" in Ujung is one of Bali's finest such cultural treasures. It is, in short, an astounding architectural and cultural jewel not to be missed. The 12-hectare water palace complex some 5 kilometers south of Amlapura, the capital of Karangasem, is ringed by an ornate fence. The three big pavilions float on a serene lotus pond, connected by bridges, creating an intriguing and romantic atmosphere. The palace was designed and constructed under the patronage and protection of Karangasem'...