Klungkung is the smallest regency in Bali and is divided between the Semarapura area, the capital of the regency, located in eastern Bali and the three Nusa islands. Although Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are independent islands, they belong to Bali and the Klungkung regency and cover more than 60% of the area of this regency.
MAIN LOCATIONS IN KLUNGKUNG
Semarapura is the capital of the Klungkung regency and was once a very important town for the Bali royalty. The main attractions of Semarapura are the Royal Palace and the Palace of Justice with its floating pavilion.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN KLUNGKUNG
The Klungkung Palace, also called Puri Agung Semarapura, is a complex of historic buildings located in Semarapura. The palace was built at the end of the 17th century, but much of it was destroyed during the Dutch colonial conquest in 1908. Today what remains of the great complex are the courthouse, a floating pavilion called Bale Kembang and the Kertha Gosa temple.
Located at a crossroads in the center of Semarapura, the Puputan Monument is a large memorial honoring more than 200 members of the royal family and court of Klungkung who died in the sacrifice of the puputan during the Dutch invasion in 1908.
In the Sematajaya museum, located next to the puputan monument, you can find objects and crafts that narrate the history of the Klungkung court. This building was used as a school for the colonists during the Dutch invasion and has a unique architectural style.
Nyoman Gunarsa Museum
The Nyoman Gunarsa Museum, known among locals as Seni Lukis Klasik, is a museum of classical art located on the sideline of Semarapura. This museum contains the collection of paintings, sculptures and antique objects of the famous Balinese artist Nyoman Gunarsa and collections of classic and modern paintings from Bali.
Located east of Semarapura, Bukit Belong is a green hill where you can hike. From the top of Bukit Belong you can enjoy incredible views of the large rice fields in the area.
The Kamasan Village
Kamasan is a small village located very close to Semarapura. This small place is the birthplace of the classic Wayang style of painting. In Kamasan there are many studios that can be visited and a lot of paintings where you can appreciate the wayang art.
Located approximately 20 kilometers from Bali, the island of Nusa Penida is the main attraction of the Klungkung regency. In this island you can find impressive cliffs and dreamy beaches in a very different environment from the island of Bali.
Nusa Ceningan Island is the neighbour of Nusa Penida and is the smallest of the three Nusas. This is a paradise island of barely 3 kilometers in length that can be explored by foot or bicycle.
Nusa Lembongan is a paradise island where you can find both white beaches with turquoise waters and breathtaking cliffs or mangrove forest.