Kertha Gosa, the Most Famous Historical Site in Bali

Bali as a famous tourist attraction in Indonesia of course have various kinds of historical stories and historical buildings that deserves to be known and recognized by the tourists. From the several historic buildings in Bali, there is a very unique historic building which is a building relic of royal palace of Klungkung.

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Kertha Gosa is a historic building which is part of the relics of Klungkung kingdom palace. Other buildings are also located in the palace area of 1.5 hectares is Taman Gili. Taman Gili is the museum building surrounded by water which is decorated by lotus flowers. Klungkung Palace itself was built by the first King of Klungkung, his name is Ida I Dewa Agung Jambe in the 17th century. Kertha Gosa tourist attraction is located in central of Semarapura City which is the capital city of Klungkung regency. It is about 40 kilometers to the east of Denpasar City. This Location can be reached by using a motor vehicle, and takes about 45 minutes pass through Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Street.


At long time ago, before the entry of Dutch colonial to Bali, Kertha Gosa functioned as the kings of Bali to discuss all matters relating to the security and welfare of the people. But around 1908, when the Dutch came to Bali, Kertha Gosa changed into a court place. Kertha Gosa derived from the Sanskrit language which could be interpreted as a place to discuss all matters which is relating to security, peace, prosperity, and justice.
In this location there is a museum where we can see the several of artifacts and other historical objects which are relics of the Klungkung kingdom. There is a carved desk equipped with six chairs are also decorated with carvings. The tables and chairs are a place of convene for the law enforcers.

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Each seat has certain symbols which describe about the law enforcers positions. The arm of the chairs which decorated with sculptured in the form of a lion is the king’s seats which also act as chief judge. Seat which have sculptured shaped ox is the seat pastor who served as a legal expert and adviser to the king in taking any decision. And the arm of the chair which decorated with dragon-shaped sculpture is seating for kanca or clerks. While the parties who litigants, either the plaintiff or the defendant, sitting on the floor in a cross legged position with a polite gesture.


Several paintings and carvings that adorn the ceiling of the building there are each painting and carvings which describe about interesting stories. One of them is about the punishment received by humans in the afterlife in accordance with karma of each person, based on his actions in the world. And many more stories told through paintings and carvings which the characters are puppets tangible.

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