Learn About Culture at Blahbatuh Grand Palace

Learn About Culture at Blahbatuh Grand Palace

When getting bored with crowded tourist atmosphere, try to make a visit to Blahbatuh Grand Palace in Gianyar. This palace is relatively cool and can give positive aura. This palace poses the house of ancient Blahbatuh king. All materials and design of building are selected from the best quality, unique design and hard to imitate.

When getting bored with crowded tourist atmosphere, try to make a visit to Blahbatuh Grand Palace in Gianyar. This palace is relatively cool and can give positive aura. This palace poses the house of ancient Blahbatuh king. All materials and design of building are selected from the best quality, unique design and hard to imitate. On entering the royal palace area, visitors will feel different aura and taksu or divine vibration.

The palace is located at Kebon hamlet, Blahbatuh, Gianyar. Approximately, it is 18 km from Denpasar. Now, the function is preserved as cultural art preservation. On Saturdays and Sundays or at any given time, the royal palace area is full of children preserving Balinese culture. “We provide space for children to preserve cultural activities,” said Wayan Aksara, Spokesperson of Blahbatuh Grand Palace.

Elementary and junior high school students learn to dance, play gamelan and paint. In a certain time, there are also activities of making ritual paraphernalia. Participating children coming from various regions are free of charge. “We bring in coach from the royal palace. We want to preserve the function of royal palace as the center for art conservation and invite young people to love their ancestral culture,” said Aksara.

Meanwhile, A.A. Kakarsana, one of the descendants of the king of Blahbatuh said that Blahbatuh Royal Palace still preserves all the existing buildings. The location designed pursuant to kosala-kosali (Balinese geomancy) is still sustainable. If there is a damaged building, it is repaired in accordance with the original style.

Great, wise and dignified atmosphere can still be felt. Spatial division remains beautiful as it is divided into the outermost, middle and innermost courtyard. Originality of the building architecture remains to be well maintained. Uniquely, there is a carving motif that cannot be imitated, even though done by a skilled sculptor. Gunung Rata located in the Rajadani building (king’s room) is still original and no one can imitate it.

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All the ornaments contain the philosophy of life. The material of red brick is neatly arranged to form a slash. Because of its sacredness, women who are in their period are not allowed to enter this area, and this ban is also valid for the members of royal family. A veteran of Vietnam War from America, General Tropel, has seen the architecture four times. “We once asked people to imitate the wall design, but none of them succeeded,” he said.

People entering the palace area must pass the entrance gate with traditional architectural style. It is beautifully decorated with colorful flower garden posing the native plants to the Island of the Gods. Likewise, the existing big trees are rare plants that grow sustainably. “We deliberately plant the rare plants belonging to the ancestors of Balinese people. In addition to preserving, these trees can also spread positive aura,” he said.

Loji, a building to receive guests, is still solid and traditionally embellished. Beside it, there is a set of gamelan instrument commonly played by natural artists from local village. Manual weaving activities are still done by old ladies. However, they are craftsmen living nearby the royal neighborhood.

Two sacred objects in the form of Gajah Mada mask and Ki Tunjung Tutur weapon in the form of big blowpipe and wayang gambuh make this palace become more unique. This palace is also frequented by community leaders, government officials and travelers. “We remain open for travelers who want to make a visit, but there are still certain rules to be followed,” he concluded. (BTN/015)

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