Taman Ujung Soekasada

Taman Ujung Water Palace, a stunning feature of the Karangasem Royal Park, was constructed in 1909 by the Karangasem king.
It served as a peaceful retreat for the king and a venue for entertaining esteemed royal visitors. Taman Ujung Sukasada is also fame as Taman Ujung Water Palace. This park boasts a distinctive architectural style that blends Balinese, Chinese, and European elements. The use of colorful glass in the buildings is reminiscent of European churches, while the gardens feature Chinese-inspired design. Balinese influences can be seen in both the interior and exterior of the park’s structures.

The architect responsible for designing Taman Ujung is a Dutchman and his name is Van Den Hentz, accompanied by Chinese architect Loto Ang and Balinese Undagi. In 1921, The project was finish but the inauguration took place 16 years later in 1937. Marble inscriptions in Latin and Balinese scripts, written in Malay and Balinese languages, serve as evidence of its completion.

The origin story of Taman Ujung Sukasada involves the transformation of a pond called Pond Dirah. By the King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik, who had the title Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem at the time. His vision was to turn the Dirah pond  into a stunning garden, which eventually led to the creation of Taman Ujung Sukasada in 1909. Originally, the park spanned over 400 hectares, but during a land reform, the land was distribution into the public, leaving the current park area at 10 hectares.

The Dirah pool was once used as a means of testing individuals believed to have black magic. According to ancient beliefs, those accuse of practicing black magic would be place in the pool to prove their innocence. If they fell ill afterwards, they were considere guilty of black magic. Conversely, if they emerge unscathed, they were deem innocent.

To see this place, it Good to do a full day combined with Lepuyang Temple or Gate of heaven

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