A couple months ago I shared a story about the Balinese woman I still think about . This event occurred at the KlungKung Palace in Bali. I realized that I didn’t share any photos of the actual palace which is beautiful!
The palace was erected at the end of the 17th century and is officially known as Puri Agung Semarapura. Located in Semarapura, the capital of the Klungkung Regency. The palace includes a floating pavillion, main gates and the court of justice.
During our visit, I was amazed at the paintings that lead up the ceiling. In the floating pavilion, there was an amazing artist painting and showing Balinese art. It was really interesting to watch him paint and see the style of painting.
The grounds are easily walkable and absolutely gorgeous! This is a palace to give yourself some time to explore and take photos. Located in the heart of the city it is amazing to walk from a street filled with stores into the palace.
I absolutely love the floating pavilion. It was beyond gorgeous to photograph!
The paintings on the ceiling are part of the Bhima Sqarga narrative. This was incorporated in Balinese tradition from the Indian Mahahaarata epic. There are also scenes from the Tantri stories. A Balinese version of a series of Indian moral fables.
There are 267 painted panels arranged in tiers. At the apex is a carved lotus flower surrounded by gilded doves, representing the goals of enlightenment and salvation.
In the same complex is the Museum Daerah Semarajay which has objects relating to the dynasties of Klungkung and Gelgel.