This palace is one of 6 Presidential Palaces of Indonesia, located in Tampaksiring, Gianyar Regency, Bali. Built in 1957 and finished in 1963, unlike other presidential palaces of Indonesia that mostly were inherited from the colonial period of Dutch East Indies, Istana Tampak siring was built after the independence of Indonesia, and built not in colonial Indies Empire style, but in modernism combined with elements of Balinese architecture. The buildings of the complex are scattered around on an area covering 19 hectare. The main palace building are built on a higher ground overlooking Tampaksiring Tirta Empul Temple and Mount Agung.
In the mid-1950s, as a newly independent state, Soekarno wished to showcase Indonesian culture to visiting state guests, and the fame of Bali as the hotspot of culture and natural beauty has attracted foreign visitors. The construction was prompted by the need to provide the lodging or villa befitting very important person, state guest, royalties, heads of state or heads of government during their stay in Bali. Previously in the location stood a guesthouse belongs to the king of Gianyar. The guestshouse was often used by visiting foreign dignitaries, guests and officials of East Indies. Sukarno visited the location several times in 1955, learning Sukarno’s interest, the King of Gianyar give the land and building to the Government of Indonesia. In 1957 Sukarno appointed R.M. Soedarsono to design a new palace and the preparation commenced, thus the old guesthouse of Gianyar King was demolished. The contruction stated in 1957 and finished in 1963.
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Location : Jl. Tampaksiring, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552
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