Taman Ujung Karangasem
It is located at Ujung village, karangasem regency. It is two hours from denpasar. The way to this place is a bit tricky, for first time visitor. I also do not recommend using google map, because of a “point” in this map ( i don’t know who mark or left a point on google map), i need 1 hour back to search the exact location, i hate that “point”. Taman Ujung karangasem also known as taman Soekasada. It was build by I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, the king of Karangasem which is titled Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. At the begining Taman “Soekasada” ujung has 400 Ha in space, but today’s; this conservation area only have 10 Ha in wide. Most of the land have already been given to people in land reform time. Taman “soekasada” Ujung is private property of Puri Karangasem. Nevertheless, they allow visitor to come to it.
Taman Ujung was one of Bali’s masterpieces. It was built thanks to the initiative of the King of Karangasem, Anak Agung Ketut Anglurah Karangasem, and involved a Dutch architect named Van Den Hentz and a Chinese architecture named Loto Ang. The development of it also involved many traditional architectural techniques. Advice was also taken from Mr. Wardodjojo, a technician from the Department of Public Works. It is a Kolam Dirah development, which had been built in 1901.
This park is one of the greatest monuments to history and proves the greatness of the kingdom of Karangasem. It’s an example of a results that can be obtained by mixing traditional local Balinese and European architecture to create an amazing landscape. Another point that makes it unique is that the work was produced during periods of turbulence within Bali and during the colonization by the Dutch East Indies.
The park was built by the Karangasem and used as a resting place or for entertaining important guests such as kings or the Chief Executive foreigners who visited the kingdom of Karangasem.
In the spacious park, there are three large pools in the northern center of the area and buildings which are connected by two bridges. Beside a pond, there’s a garden, potted flowers and statues. The buildings are magnificent and special because they show solidarity between European and Balinese architecture. In the West pool at a relatively high point, there is a round-shaped building called “Bale Bengong” where you can sit and enjoy the park and its surroundings.
There are some building in this area. There are Bale gili, Bale kapal, and i’m forgot the other building’s name, -_-. In Bale gili or also knownas bale kambang, there are 4 room inside it. There are Kings bedroom which is contain of bed and the king picture, the other room has picture of royal family of karangasem, i almost forgot if you are a woman and in your “period” you are not allowed to enter the king bedroom, as this room is sacred.
It is also a perfect place for a morning walk or run, before it gets too hot in the afternoon heat, and is definitely worth a look if you find yourself on Bali’s east coast. it is located on the main road past Candidasa, about 6 km before Amlapura. To get the most out of your visit, get there in the morning before both the crowds and heat arrive, and spend the extra money for a guide who can provide additional insight and history.
What other say about Taman Ujung Karangasem
The most impressive part of Taman Ujung, in my opinion, was not the buildings themselves but the actual grounds. There are paths leading all around the ponds which are surrounded by well manicured lawns, colorful flowers, sculptures, and small gazebo like structures. In the distance it is possible to see both the sea and the mountains. At times it felt as if I’d stepped into a Southeast Asian version of a European palace’s garden.
Amanda, on Taman Ujung post
The entrance ticket is Rp. 20K for foreigner and Rp. 5K for local people, also if you bring a DSLR camera you need to pay Rp. 50K or Rp. 500K for a pre wedding photography.