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Kertagosa (Ancient justice court)

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kerta Gosa is one of the mainstay attractions Klungkung regency, Bali. Built in 1686 by Dewa Agung Jambe, Gili Garden Kerta Gosa has unique characteristics that no other tourist attraction. Kerta Gosa is an open structure (bale) which is officially part of the Castle complex Semarapura.

Located in the heart of the Capital Semarapura Klungkung District, next to the main market, Kerta Gosa has been renovated and preserved by the government. The inside walls with traditional Balinese carvings, there are two high-rise buildings stand, namely, called Bale Kerta Gosa and Bale Kambang (Taman Gili). Bale Kerta Gosa is a tall building on the corner right after the entrance, as well as greater Kambang Bale is located in the middle and surrounded by a pond.

Philosophy
Kertha Gosa means – “the place where the king meets with his ministries to discuss questions of justice.” The story of Bhima Swarga is elaborate and all-embracing. Bhima Swarga in Balinese means, “Bhima goes to the abode of the gods.” Swarga literally means to any place where the gods happen to reside, Heaven or Hell. Bima Swarga is an excerpt from Mahabaratha epic that share the experience of Bima, one of princes from Panca Pandawa, when searching the spirit of his father in the afterlife is saying tortures. Many events have been seen at one given the answer to all the questions why the soul or spirit were there and tortured. The Bhima Swarga painting in the Kertha Gosa Pavilion is a moral epic, depicting wisdom and perseverance and the ultimate virtue over vice. Today huge audiences listen to the epic just as it was hundreds of years ago. It is said, “He who with fervid devotion listens to a recitation of the Mahabharata attains to high success in consequence of the merit that becomes his through understanding even a very small portion thereof. All the sins of that man who recites or listens to this history with devotion are washed off

In addition to building beautiful architecture, the uniqueness of Kerta Gosa is located on the ceiling of the bale are covered with traditional painting Kamasan style. Kamasan is a village in the district Klungkung famous with typical painting puppet. Kamasan paintings usually take epics like Ramayana or Mahabharata as the theme of the painting. Kamasan paintings usually found in temples as a decoration that has many meanings.

Previous painting on the ceiling Kerta Gosa made on the fabric, but in 1930 was restored and painted on plasterboard. The paintings on the ceiling Kerta Gosa offer valuable spiritual lessons. If one looks at it in detail, in every part of the ceiling tells a different story, there is a section that tells about karma and reincarnation, and other parts describe every phase of human life from birth to death. Painting is divided into six levels, representing the afterlife, and the top is nirvana.

Bale Kambang is a beautiful building in the middle of the pond. Kamasan painting on the ceiling depicting the story of the epic Sutasoma. Both sides of the bridge towards the bale guarded by statues representing characters from the epic backdrop lotus pond. Themes in painting shows that the building functioned as a place for the royal family to hold a religious ceremony for Manusa rituals such as weddings and ceremonies Yadnya cut teeth.

Kerta Gosa was also once functioned as a hall court that during the Dutch colonial bureaucracy in Klungkung (1908-1942) and since the appointment of the head of local indigenous authorities in Klungkung kingdom (Ida I Dewa Agung Klungkung State) in 1929. In fact, the former equipment the court in the form of wooden chairs and tables that use engraving and paint prade still there. The objects are evidence of indigenous heritage of traditional institutions such as the courts never apply in Klungkung in the colonial period (1908-1942) and the period of Japanese occupation (1043-1945). In 1930, once carried out the restoration of the painting puppet contained in Kerta Gosa and Bale Kambang by the painting of Kamasan artists and restorers last conducted in 1960.

Museum
There is a Semarajaya Museum located on the right side of the Kori Agung courtyard. This museum has been opened at the former of MULO School building (intermediate school level in Dutch colonization era) and also formerly used by SMP 1 Klungkung (Junior High School no 1 Klungkung. The museum was inaugurated on 28 April 1992 by Ministry of Home Affairs. The physical form is blend the ancient Dutch style and Balinese traditional architectures.  We can discover the ancient objects (pre-history), historical objects included the photographs documentation from the descendants of Klungkung King and craft objects that contain the typical history of Klungkung.

Puputan Klungkung Monument
In front of Kerta Gosa complex, exactly across the street, it was stand a stately monument made by black stone in form of Lingga Yoniwith a high of 28 meters and built on 123 meter square land. It is a Puputan Klungkung Monument and inaugurated on 28 April 1992. This monument is a memorial of an historical event on 28 April 1908 where in this monument was Puputan or all out war of the people under the leadership of Klungkung King against the Dutch soldiers. The war is begun because of Klungkung King forbidden to worship at the temple. This is an evident of persistent resistant against Dutch colonial effort to dig its claw into imperialism in Bali. The Klungkung people love freedom, great respect and uphold the majesty and holiness of those who had fallen in battle bloody cause of bullets from Dutch.  In the memorial room is equipped with a diorama which depicts the struggle of Klungkung people with their king.

Complete your visit plan on Bali island by visiting this place, the entrance fee is IDR 12.000 / person, includes sarung, if you don’t wear long pant.

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Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kerta Gosa in Klungkung town, oldest justice court in Bali - Bali Hello Travel

Kerta Gosa in Klungkung town, oldest justice court in Bali – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island - Bali Hello Travel

Kertagosa, the oldest justice court in Klungkung regency, Bali island – Bali Hello Travel