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  Gianyar Town

Gianyar town, the capital of Gianyar district, is a relaxed town that, unlike many cities in Bali, is an idea place to explore on foot. Gianyar is home to a beautiful traditional palace, the home of Ida Anak Agung Gede Agung, the tenth raja of Gianyar. This is the most complete Balinese traditional palace in existence, and it exemplifies the East Bali court style.

While closed to the general public, many of the ornate inner gates and pavilions are visible from the street. Most remarkable is the Kori Agung Gate which protects and obscures the view of the largest courtyard. You might get lucky and arrive on the day of a cremation, when the doors are open and the inner chamber is visible from the road. Raised up on stilts is the Bale Bengong, a large pavilion which is one of the oldest parts of the palace complex; the others were been destroyed during wars against neighboring Klungkung the Dutch.

Gianyar is also home to some of Bali's finest ikat weavers, whose workshops are never far from the main roads. The villages of Gianyar district offer a glimpse of Bali’s traditional way of life and unspoiled rural scenery.

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