In 1963 the location of Ujung Water Royal Palace suffered close to demolition by showers of hot ashes that follow the eruption of nearby Mount Agung. In 1979 the location additionally underwent an earthquake. Restoration efforts throughout the decades have been created to its current impressive beauty, and it continues to draw in each domestic and foreign tourists.
Ujung Water Royal Palace complex has a composite of Balinese and European architecture throughout three giant ponds which are connected by long fascinating bridges and pathways. The physical options and excellent mountainous backdrop to its north, and sea to its southwest, make it a favourite site for pre-wedding and creative photography activities.
The word ‘Ujung’ means that extremity in Indonesian language. This typically makes it easy for local people to explain its location as one of the most important historical landmarks and places of interest with in the most eastern part of Bali island. The total park covers around 10 hectars of land that is situated about 11 kilo meters southeast of Amlapura, the capital city of Karangasem regency. The formations of Taman Ujung were first laid out in 1919, under the rule of the King I Gusti Bagus Djelantik who was more well-known by his noble title, ‘Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem’.
The complex of Taman Ujung went through a series of expansions and pool additions around a only one existing pool. This pool served as a site for penalty of accused proponents of th black magic or Balinese Sorcery called ‘pangiwa’ and ‘leaks’ instead of as a royal bathing place. The pool was called ‘Kolam Dirah’ and was said to have been created throughout the rule of the previous king of Karangasem in 1901. The Dirah pool is located in the southeastern corner of the recently layout and pick up its name from the witch queen of the Calonarang legend.
These days Ujung Water Royal Palace is open for the public. It is recommended that treveler to the eastern parts of Bali visit Taman Ujung along their tour itineraries. This gives them memorials and scenic photo chances with the unique architectural features of Taman Ujung. A favourite lookout and high vantage point is at one of the ‘warak’ pavilions which was built on an eastern hill that is accessible from a 5 minutes drive uphill from the site.