The stunning gate at the entrance of Puri Agung Karangasem is decorated with ornate panels directed towards the east in order to greet the rising sun—and travelers! And while off the beaten path, the royal bedrooms and unusual Bale Pemandesan (used during royal tooth-filling ceremonies) showcase the European influence on this palace built as a gift from the Dutch, making Puri Agung Karangasem truly worth the visit.
Travelers can wander through the ancient halls using English-language information packets as their guide and gain a deeper understanding of the significance of this historic complex that dates back to the 19th century. Some members of the former royal family still call this residence home and offer up a the experience of old meeting new to visitors touring the grounds, and since the compound is one of the less visited in Bali, travelers will likely find it a peaceful way to spend the afternoon.
Puri Agung Karangasem is located at Jl Teuku Umar. Admission is a suggested donation of 10,000Rp and it the complex is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. It is connected to Ujung Water Palace.