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Taman Gili in Klungkung.  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Klungkung Travel Guide

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Klungkung, also known as Semarapura, is a town in East Bali.

This is the administrative capital of the regency with the same name. The town is of great historical, cultural, and artistic significance.

Gelgel, just to the south of Klungkung, was the seat of the mighty Majapahit empire in the 15th and 16th century which moved to Klungkung itself in the 17th century.

Hall of Justice Klung Klung  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

This was a golden age for art and culture in Bali, and Klungkung was the centre of it all.

More recently, Klungkung forever made its mark in modern Balinese history when in 1908, it was the last kingdom holding out against the Dutch invaders. Hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned, the King of Klungkung (the Dewa Agung or great god) led 200 members of his family and court in a puputan (ritual march to death), into the face of the Dutch guns. All of the group were either killed or committed ritual suicide.

Plenty of small local restaurants in the town centre and an excellent night market on Jalan Gunung Rinjani. Klungkung is a best place in Bali to buy traditional gongs. You can also purchase Wayang art in the village of Kamasan.

This is a small town and orientation is not difficult. The town is centred on a crossroads in the middle of which is the large Kanda Pat statue. If you are driving yourself, use this as your key landmark.

There is a tourist information office at Taman Gili, open Monday to Friday 8AM-2PM, Tel. +62 366 21448.

Taman Gili is what remains of the original royal palace in Klungkung.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Few visitors stay in Klungkung but it is town that many pass through as it lies on the main route between Ubud and points east to Padang Bai, Candidasa and beyond. The town is about 25 km south east from Ubud. Make a point of stopping here for a few hours and you will not be disappointed.

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