Palaces of Bali, a guide book about royal palaces in Bali was launched in the Agung Rai Museum of Art, Ubud, Thursday (May 31). This 272-page book with full color was written and published by a seasoned writer named Richard Mann. This English man has been more than 30 years to write, edit and publish about 90 titles and editions presenting and promoting Indonesia.
For this book, Mann as he familiarly greeted particularly featured the royal palaces opened to tourism. At least, there were 12 palaces highlighted in the guide book, like the palace in Buleleng, two palaces in Karangasem, Klungkung, Blahbatuh, Peliatan Ubud, Mengwi, Banyuning, Bongkasa, Belayu, Pemecutan and Grenceng.
“Preparation of the book Palaces of Bali took me one year and over three months to prepare the printing up to the launch today,” said Mann amidst the launch of his book attended by the Head of Bali Cultural Agency, Regent of Gianyar, senior figures of palaces in Bali and museum owners such as Agung Rai, Suteja Neka and Gunarsa.
Mann said that many former royal palaces in the world had been successfully introduced to tourism sector, particularly in Britain, Europe and India. Those former palaces offered visitors a unique opportunity to experience the life behind the walls of the royal palace. "Hopefully, this book could attract more visitors to palaces in Bali," he said.
The book contained clear guidelines for visitors about what to see and to do in the palaces. Similarly, it also carried some information on where visitors could get an explanation, definition of events and important names.
"Through this book, I also want to inspire the princesses Bali so that they are able to offer more facilities and programs to visitors," he added. At the end of the happening, Mann also presented the book to invited guests including the senior royal figures in Bali. Ultimately, the event was then ended with posing together. (BTN/015)