The Klungkung Palace is an historical landmark in the capital centre of the Klungkung regency in East Bali. Locally referred to as ‘Puri Agung Semarapura’ or the Royal Palace of Semarapura after the name of the capital, the palace shares the same location as the unmissable and more popular Kerta Gosa ‘hall of justice’ complex, which lies just northeast of the palatial compound. Also around the complex is the Klungkung regency cultural hall, as well as the Kerta Gosa Museum, all of which make it a one-stop sightseeing spot for visits to Klungkung.
Highlights of the Klungkung Palace
The Klungkung Palace grounds date back to the 17th century, and is a silent witness to much of the history of East Bali, including the Dutch colonial intervention in 1908, which led to the fall of the kingdom and deaths of most of the royal family who chose to make a last stand against the invading forces. Previously exiled surviving members of the court returned to the newly built palace in 1929. You can learn more about the local past and the struggles of the court at the nearby museum, which also features an art and antiques gallery.
The towering Puputan Klungkung (Klungkung suicidal battle) monument commemorates this important bit of the illustrious kingdom-regency’s history, and overlooks the Kerta Gosa complex, from just across the road. South of the museum, is a palatial gate of the Semarapura Palace (basically what’s physically left of the place after it was razed by the Dutch forces). After your tours of the complex, you can find some retail therapy over souvenirs such as fine ikat weaves at the art market just to the east of Kerta Gosa.
- Opening Hours: Jalan Untung Surapati, Semarapura, Klungkung, East Bali