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It started to rain quite heavily as we reached Klungkung.

A historically important town 13 km east of Gianyar, Klungkung was the seat of the Gelgel dynasty from 1710 until 1908. Most Balinese nobles are descended from Klungkung's raja, his family, or retinue. Until his death in 1965, the last Klungkung raja was regarded as the most exalted prince in Balinese aristocracy.

Meaning literally "island garden," the Taman Gili complex in Klungkung consists of the Bale Kambang and the Kerta Gosa, set within an extensive garden enclosure and framed by a tall gateway to the west called the Pemedal Agung. These are all that remain of the Semara Pura Royal Palace after it was pounded by Dutch artillery, ending 200 years of rule in Bali by the lineal descendants of Majapahit.

Bale Kambang : One of the most important structures, built in the most sacred area of the compound, is open-air Bale Kambang, the Floating Pavilion. Surrounded by an artificial pond once covered in water lilies (none visible on the day I visited), this rectangular structure built in 1941 served as a reception pavilion for the raja's important visitors and a place of relaxation for Brahmanic judges.

A striking status symbol of rajadom, the Bale Kambang is probably a descendant of Javanese three-tiered pagodas that served as water-locked meditation towersremnants can be seen in the Taman Sari of Yogyakarta on Java. Architecturally, the Bale Kambang is related to the destroyed water palace at Ujung in Karangasem.

The rains enhanced the reds in the picture...The red bricks appear richer in colour when they are wet. If you note closely youll see rain drops on the pond water & also against the black roof.

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