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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kertagosa | Cultures of Denpasar

Kertagosa is a complex of ancient buildings that were founded during the reign of the first Klungkung king, Dewa Agung Jambe, in the 17th century. Dewa Agung Jambe is the second son of Dalem Dimade, the last king in the kingdom Gelgel Suweca also called Pura (temple). Once Dewa Agung become of Klungkung king, then he made the palace (puri) Klungkung named Semara Pura having meaning "place of love and beauty". In this castle there Kertagosa complex consisting of two main buildings, namely Taman Gili building and Kertagosa building.

Kertagosa buildings in the ancient times has several functions, among which are:
(1) as the place of the hearing, led by the king as supreme judge.
(2) as a meeting place for kings in Bali.
(3) as a place to perform ceremonies Manusa Yadnya or cutting teeth (mepandes) for the sons of kings.

In the reign of King Dewa Agung Putra Djambe, Dutch assault on a large scale (over three days). The attack resulted in Puri Semara Pura was destroyed. There are only a few remaining buildings include buildings Kertagosa, Taman Gili and Pemedal Agung (castle gate). In an attack that became known as "Peristiwa Puputan Klungkung" This (April 28, 1908) Dewa Agung Putra Djambe and his followers were killed.

Once ruled by the Dutch,  Kertagosa still functioned as a court hall. In 1930 the painting puppet contained in Kertagosa and Taman Gili restored by the artists of Kamasan painting. In restoration, the paintings that adorn the ceiling of the building which was originally made of fabric and parba replaced and made on plasterboard, then made again in accordance with the original image. Restoration of the last painting done in 1960.






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