Bali museum: Denpasar

by Nick on July 31, 2006

by Nick | July 31st, 2006  

The Bali museum in Denpasar was built in 1931 and it is unique collection of buildings and art. Designed by architect P.J. Moojen, the exterior walls, courtyards and gates, are designed in the style of a Denpasar royal palace.

•There are gedung (pavilions) on the site represnting the different regencies in Bali. These are built in the styele of that particular regency. Among the highlights at the Bali Museum are:

•A carved stone main entrance.

•A ceremonial kori agung (stone capped gate) which is made from bricks (no cement) and volcanic stone reliefs.

•The elegant carved, gilded, palace doors, are from the 19th century. Stone sculptures from the 16th and 19th Centuries, line the veranda of the main pavilion. Ritual masks, musical instruments and puppets from the 19th century are on display. in the pavillion at the far left side of the museum.

•Bronze cannons from the 17th century, that were originally made for a prince, complete with a dragon’s head.

•The bale structure inside the left side of museum is decorated with stone motifs.

•The pavillion to the right side of the museum contains a collection of prasati (bronze age plaques) that sing the praises of a 10th century king.

•When you enter through the main entrance you will see to your left a multi-towered kulkul (bell tower with slit log drum).

•In the center pavillion are textiles made in the Bali Aga villages, including the geringsing, double ikat from Tenganan.

The Bali Arts Festival is the main event here every year from mid June to mid July.

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