Kerta Gosa the Royal Courts of Justice
Kerta Gosa is the name of the former Royal Courts of Justice in Klungkung. Set is a courtyard of ponds, the highlight is an elaborately decorated ceiling featuring the wayang style of painting, The entire complex is known as Taman Gili, but the name Kerta Gosa is better known.
Balinese culture has its own system called adat, meaning traditional law, but for serious offenses Kerta Gosa was the end of the line. Kerta Gosa is located right in the center of Klungkung next to the main roundabout. The gardens of Taman Gili, in which Kerta Gosa sits, were built in 1710.
Kerta Gosa at Klungkung Semarapura Bali which is one of the famous tourism destinations in Bali and many visited by tourist everyday. Kertha Gosa is located in the heart of Semarapura town and it’s name is taken away from a Sanskrit namely Kertha which is meaning Peaceful and Gosa from the Gosita word mean announcement.
Thereby, the word’s meaning of Kertha Gosa is a building of a kind Jurisdiction in form of Bale for the king who announces the legislation, jurisdiction, penalization etc. The building of Kertha Gosa is very unique and full of high art value so that this place is a unique place to visit in Bali.
This place also owns Taman Gili, a building floating or sees like floating because it is intentionally founded in the middle of a fish pond. The decorative painting at the roof of Kertha Gosa building is painted with the story motif. The painting is started from Panil at eastside with the plot rotate according to Pradaksina direction and finish at Panil north side.
Kertha Gosa is founded in 18 century with unique building like the plafond come from asbestos which is dotted with the famous style of Kamasan painting in the year 1930.
During Dutch colonization (1908-1942), Kertha Gosa remains to be wearied as a justice place for lawbreaker, especially criminal. Along with colonial governance, the punish system in Indonesia has changed from system of death duties Majapahit (traditional) become the continental punish system which is brought by Dutch.
The evacuation system is non aim to as retaliation, but improve the perpetrator so that acceptable to its society. The painting decorating on the conference hall’s plafond is aim to awake all trespassers in order not to repeat the badness. Other building is called Bale Kambang and this building looked to be impressing float on the fishpond water.
There is a museum which is called Semarajaya located on the right external of Kori Agung yard. This Museum is set in a building which is ex- Dutch High School and its physical form is solidarity from Dutch style era architecture with the Balinese traditional architecture.
In this museum we can see the ancient object, history object inclusive photos of documentation from Klungkung King Family and clan.