6 Historical Buildings You Must-Visit in Bali 2018.07.10

Bali is well known for its exotic beaches and temples that have a mesmerizing background. Bali is also known for its cultural and sculptural beauty. There are many places to enjoy the beauty of Bali culture, and one of them is visiting the historical buildings. In addition to have more knowledge, you also can see more closely how the history of Bali from time to time. We have already summarized historical building that you won't miss while having holiday in Bali that you can read below:

1. Tirta Gangga


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Tirta Gangga, which means "water of the Ganges" is one of famous tourist destinations in Eastern Bali, about 5 kilometers from Karangasem. Tirta Gangga is a former royal palace and was built in 1946 by late King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, but the palace was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963.

Tirta Gangga water palace is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The one-hectare complex features a number of swimming pools and koi-filled ornamental ponds, although the main attraction is an impressive 11-tiered fountain. Water in Tirta Gangga is very clear and refreshing because it is sourced directly from natural fountain. Hindus also believed that water from the fountain is a holy water, so it is often used in religious ceremonies.

Opening Hours From 7AM - 7PM
Address Jalan Abang - Amlapura, Ababi, Abang, Karangasem Regency, Bali

2. Kertha Gosa


Kertha Gosa is one of the Bali heritage site located in Klungkung, Bali. This historic pavilion was built by Klungkung kingdom during the reign of king Dewa Agung Jambe in 1686, but nearly destroyed during the Dutch colonial conquest in 1908.

The complex building of Kertha Gosa was built using Balinese architecture in the 17th century. There are two buildings (also known as ‘bale’) in Kertha Gosa, Bale Kerta and Bale Kambang. The most unique building is Bale Kambang. Bale Kambang surrounded by water-garden called Taman Gili and connected by bridge made from bricks.

On the rooftop of Bale you can see painting of puppets or wayang which describes Balinese social life, the story of Karma Phala and the embodiment of human back to the world to the wipe away their sins from their deeds (reincarnation)

Opening Hours From 8AM - 5PM
Address Jl. Kenanga No.11, Semarapura Kelod, Klungkung Regency, Bali

3. Taman Ujung Karangasem


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Besides Tirta Gangga, in the eastern of Bali also standing a magnificent building called Taman Ujung Water Palace. Located in Karangasem area, about 2.5 hours from Denpasar, Taman Ujung Water Palace is a tourist attraction that is a water park heritage of Karangasem kingdom which was built in 1901 by King I Gusti Bagus Jelantik as a place to rest and also to entertain royal guests. Taman Ujung Water Palace complex has a combination of Balinese and European architecture throughtout three large ponds connected by long elegant bridge and pathways.

From Taman Ujung Water Palace, you can see the beautiful landscape around it. To the west you can see the magnificent Mount Agung. To the east you can see the sea that once was used as a harbor where ships would lean here. And to the north you can see the expanse of verdant rice terraces.

Opening Hours From 8AM – 5PM
Address Taman Ujung, Tumbu, Karangasem Regency, Bali

4. Bajra Sandhi


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Bajra Sandhi Monument also known as the Monument to the Struggle of Balinese People. This enormous monument depicts the history of Bali and honors the Hero of the Puputan War. The monument is located in front of Bali Governor's Office in Renon, an affluent suburb of Denpasar. The monument was built in 1987 from the idea of late Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra who was the former governor of Bali and then former president Megawati Sukarnoputri inaugurated this monument on June 14, 2013

The monument is a rectangular shape, and follows the architectural principles of the Tri Mandala. It consists of three parts: Utama Mandala, the main building in the center of the monument; Madya Mandala, the inner courtyard surrounding the Utama Mandala; and Nista Mandala, the outer courtyard surrounding the Madya Mandala.

Opening Hours From 8AM - 6PM
Address Jalan Raya Puputan No. 142, Panjer, Denpasar City, Bali

5. Museum Bali


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A great museum to explore Balinese history and lovely garden in the city of Denpasar. It has over 1,000 artifacts on display to highlight the Balinese culture and long historical background. There are four buildings to visit inside this museum. Firstly, the main building where pre-historic items found on the island are on display. Secondly, the northern pavilion where costumes and masks of the traditional Balinese dance and some religious objects are on display. Thirdly, the central pavilion practically dedicated to artworks and objects related to religious ceremonies. The last is the southern pavilion where objects made of traditional materials as well as of gold and silver are on display.

The adjacent Jagatnatha temple with its white shrine is also a good place to visit as well as the 0 km of Bali which is located in the Catur Muka or 4 faces giant statue; a mere 300-meter walk from this Museum.

Opening Hours From 7:30AM – 3:30PM
Address Jl. Mayor Wisnu No.1, Dangin Puri, Denpasar City, Bali

6. Gunung Kawi


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Gunung Kawi is an ancient Hindu temple complex situated on the Pakrisan River in Tampaksiring, north-east of Ubud. Access to the temple is down a flight of around 300 steps, but the rice terrace views along the way make up for it.

The complex features 10 giant statues carved into the cliff-face, thought to depict the royal family of the Udayana dynasty. Crossing a bridge at the bottom of the valley, visitors can see another group of stone monuments carved on the left side of the main temple across the river. The best time to visit Gunung Kawi is early in the morning

Read more: Gunung Kawi Temple
Opening Hours From 8AM – 5PM
Address Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Gianyar Regency, Bali

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