Kerta Gosa, a Floating Justice Court of Klungkung


Kerta Gosa is a historical landmark building in the form of a court in the Kingdom of Klungkung, Bali. This building was once part of a Klungkung Kingdom palace complex. Unlike most court buildings, kerta Gosa is made very beautifully.

Fish and Lotus. via Instagram/solstice_traveler

It shows the cultural richness of the Balinese people, especially in the field of architecture. After the Kingdom of Klungkung was no longer in power, Kerta  Gosa began to switch functions. Along with the progress of tourism, Kerta Gosa is now a popular tourist destination in East Bali.


Kerta Gosa hall. via Instagram/bali_best_driver

The complete address of Taman KertaGosa is on Jl. Kenanga No.11, Semarapura Kelod, Kec. Klungkung, Klungkung Regency. This park is about 40 km from the city of Denpasar, with a very good road infrastructure. You can visit this park by taking a tour or renting a private vehicle.

The original entrance to Klungkung Palace. via Instagram/julieinbali

Even though it is not exactly a temple for worshiping Hindu’s Deities, there are still conditions to enter the park. All tourists were allowed to enter after wearing sashs and sarongs. The entrance ticket to this park is Rp. 12,000 per person, the price includes a rent for a sarong and a sash.

Kerta Gosa building structure

The Bale Kambang. via Instagram/getlostinmyworld

There are two main buildings in this park; Bale Kambang and Bale Kerta Gosa. Bale Kambang is a building that stands above a pond. This pond is called Taman Gili. On the Bale Kambang ceiling there is a puppet painting that tells about the Sutasoma Epic from Java. The main character in this story is Prince Sutasoma.

The interior of the bale. via Insatgram/laurentiuslei

Bale Kerta Gosa is an open hall with many beautiful details. On the ceiling of this hall there are puppet paintings telling about spiritual lessons and guidance. Every part of this painting tells a different theme. Some teach about Karma, some other about reincarnation, or the journey of human life to Nirvana.

Kerta Gosa function

The golden seats. via Instagram/nenad_nenads

Currently, Kerta Gosa is not much more than a tourist destination. This used to be a place for the Royal family to carry out important religious rituals. During the Dutch occupation, this place became a court. Kerta Gosa was one of three buildings that were not destroyed by the Dutch after they succeeded in winning the war against the Kingdom of Klungkung in the early 20th century.

Three survivors

Only small aaprt of Semarapura Palace survived. via Instagram/balinetnews

Bale Kambang, Bale Kerta Gosa, and Taman Gili are the only remaining structures after the Dutch destroyed the Semarapura Palace complex. This palace was destroyed after the Klungkung Kingdom led by the Dewa Agung Jambe carried out an all-out war on Dutch occupation and lost. If you are interested in the history of this kingdom, you can come to a museum that is located at a walking distance from this complex.

The painting depicting karma and reincarnation. via Instagram/imdadityanugraha

This place is a park with a very long history. This park is part of the Klungkung Royal Palace and was built from the 17th century and partially completed in the 18th century. Kerta Gosa can be an attractive stopover destination when you visit East Bali.

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