Ceiling painting, Taman Kertha Gosa, Klungkung

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Puri Agung Semarapura

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Built when the Dewa Agung dynasty moved here in 1710, this palace compound was laid out as a large square, believed to be in the form of a mandala, with courtyards, gardens, pavilions and moats. Most of the original palace and grounds were destroyed by the 1908 Dutch attacks; all that remain are the carved Pemedal Agung, the gateway on the south side of the square, the Kertha Gosa and the Bale Kambang.

The ticket office is on the opposite side of JI Untung Surapati, next to the Puputan Monument.

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