Bale Kerta Gosa

Royal Chaise
 Built in 1686 by Dewa Agung Jambe, the Gili Garden Kerta Gosa was formally part of the Semarapura palace compound.
Located in the heart of Klungkung regency, next to the main market, the uniqueness of Kerta Gosa lies in the ceilings of the bale which are covered with traditional paintings in Kamasan style - a village in Klungkung regency which has gained a name for its paintings.

Heaven and Hell ( Left) Story of Sutasoma ( right)

Earlier the painting on Kerta Gosa’s ceiling was made on fabric but in 1930 it was restored and painted on plasterboard -  telling different stories: the story of karma and reincarnation and another part illustrates each phase of human life from birth until death. The paintings are divided into six tiers, representing the afterlife, the topmost being nirvana, whilst the Bale Kambang's painting on the ceiling depicts a story from the Sutasoma epic.

The building functioned as the place for the royal family to hold religious ceremonies for the rites of passage (manusa yadnya) such as weddings and tooth-filing ceremonies. Kerta Gosa also functioned as the court during the Dutch occupation in Klungkung regency from 1908 to 1942.

Balinese hairdo: pusung tagel

The caricatural statues wearing royal headdress
 the musicians : a policeman and a government officer

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