Balitraveldiary.com – Culture is one of the attractions that makes Bali tourism different from other places. Here, you can still see rows of cultural heritage results that are still awake. The existence of Puri Agung Peliatan is a small proof of the efforts to preserve the culture carried out by the Balinese people.
Seeing the existence of the castle building which is a royal palace in Bali is not strange. Even though Bali Province is currently joining the Republic of Indonesia, the existence of kingdoms is still recognized. It’s just that the kingdom has no political power.
History of Puri Agung Peliatan
Puri Agung is one of the oldest palace buildings that you can find in the Bali Island region. This castle is known to have existed since the 1700s. At that time, Ubud was still divided into several royal territories, including the Kingdom of Peliatan. The existence of this castle is a main palace which is useful to be the residence of the Kings of the Kingdom of Peliatan.
When the founding of Puri Agung, the Ubud area was still very quiet. Most of Ubud at that time was still in the form of rice fields and shrubs. This condition occurred because the Kingdom of Peliatan at that time experienced a heated dispute with the Kingdom of Mengwi. However, conditions have changed since the 1800s. Ubud and the area around the Kingdom of Peliatan, began to crowded population.
The main reason for the bustling of the area around Puri Agung is because of the reconciliation effort between the Kingdom of Peliatan and the Kingdom of Mengwi. This is evidenced by the arrival of people from Mengwi who flocked to occupy vacant land in the Ubud area. Along with the crowd, the culture of Ubud continues to grow until now.
What’s Up at Puri Agung Bali?
Having a function as a palace, it does not prevent tourists from visiting Puri Agung. On the contrary, at this time the Government of Bali is encouraging travelers from foreign or domestic to flock to come to this main palace. While here, you can admire the beauty of art-filled architectural designs in Puri Agung.
The traditional Balinese architecture design that you can see here can be used as a means to get inspiration in managing your home. In addition, the beauty of the building owned by Puri Agung, can also be used as a location to take pictures. When else can you be satisfied visiting and taking pictures in the area of the royal palace?
In addition, Puri Agung also often holds ceremonies called pelebon. Pelebon, which is more popularly known as Ngaben, is a sacred cremation ceremony. Typically, pelebon ceremonies performed at Puri Agung take place magnificently and are visited by many foreign and local tourists.
Furthermore, Puri Agung is also the right choice for those who are interested in traditional Balinese art. In this castle, tourists have the opportunity to watch live legong dance performances. Usually, legong dance performances are performed with a duration of up to 20 minutes for one session. There is also a Kecak dance performance that is no less interesting.
Visitors who want to watch the Kecak or Legong dance at Puri Agung can come directly to the address of the castle on Jl. Cok Gede Rai, Peliatan, District of Ubud. You do not need to pay an entrance ticket to get around the castle area. However, there is a ticket for Rp. 80 thousand if you want to watch a dance performance.