Taman Ujung : the jewel of east Bali

May 1st, 2016 | by TheJourneyMagz
Taman Ujung : the jewel of east Bali

Bali, a land with towering volcanoes and pristine rivers flowing out onto turquoise water of the Indonesian seas. Its fertility not only brought welfare to its residents but also sparked wars between Bali’s many small kingdoms, fighting for as many lands to control as possible. At the eastern coast of the island a kingdom saw its rise and decline over the course of centuries in a rather idyllic setting, nestled between Mount Agung – the island’s tallest volcano and most sacred place – and Lombok Strait.


Karangasem was a small kingdom throughout most of its history, often annexed by other more powerful Balinese kingdoms or those from neighboring islands. From the 18th to early 19th century, however, the kingdom saw a union with its counterpart in Lombok, often referred as Karangasem Sasak. In the early 19th TAMAN the jewel century Karangasem Sasak’s sphere of influence grew significantly, successfully defeating smaller kingdoms on the island and leaving the Kingdom of Mataram as its sole rival.

Seeing a big opportunity from this rivalry, two European traders – a Dane and a Briton – took advantage by selling weapons and ammunition to the belligerents. Exacerbated by the involvement of the King of Karangasem Bali who saw the emergence of Karangasem Sasak as a threat to his own kingdom, the latter was finally defeated by the Kingdom of Mataram, a new ally to the Balinese kingdom.


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