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Historic Sites - Where the Royals of Southeast Asia Spent Their Summer!

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1. Ulun Danu Beratan

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Ulun Danu Beratan also called floating temple. The most mesmerizing temple complex on the shores of lake Beratan, set within the highlands of the mountainous Bedugul region in Bali. The mountains encircling this location give it the characteristic mesmerizing, dreamy touch and make this temple a hot spot for tourists.

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A cold wind blew. A thin mist from the lake had surrounded the Ulun Danu Beratan temple making everything look a bit out of this world. The golden temple shined against the blue sky. The pink and white evergreen and golden marigold bloomed in full. Mountains were forever silent. Clouds rolled above. Light beamed out of shapely clouds. At every turn, the temple took a different avatar.

History

The temple itself was named after the Goddess Danu, the queen of water, who is also the goddess of beauty and fertility. The floating temple was rebuilt by the King I Gusti Agung Putu in 17th century after it was destroyed by volcanic eruptions that burnt down the entrie village leaving out only the long tiers of the temple. The temple was reconstructed by the ruler on higher grounds with the leftover pieces and is now one of the landmark architecture of the island.

2. Taman Ujung

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Taman Ujung Soekasada, also simply known as Taman Ujung, a historic Water Palace built adjacent to the ocean located in Tumbu village, Bali. The gardens of Taman Ujung, centred around three lakes, are nothing short of stunning. From the first moment walking across the entry bridge, shaded by beautiful Bougainville.

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The walking paths provide direction through the grounds, guiding you past the many features of Taman Ujung. Ancient trees throw a dappled shade, providing relief from the heat of the midday sun. From the stunning vibrancy of the flowers to the many shades of green found in the multitude of shrubs and plants. Eye catching topiary trees, grown throughout the gardens, are maintained to perfection. A real sense of peaceful serenity overtakes your being at Taman Ujung. It's easy to get lost in time here enjoying all that Taman Ujung has to offer.

History

Taman Ujung was built for the King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik. His official title was Anak Agung Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah. King Karangasem ordered the commencement of building works in 1909 on the site of the then Dirah Pool. Construction was completed in 1921. With assistance from unknown Balinese architect, Chinese architect Loto Ang and Dutch architect Van Den Hentz, designed and oversaw the building of the Palace. Primarily built as an area for rest, relaxation and meditation for the King of Karangasem. The Palace was also used as a place to greet guests and dignitaries visiting the region.

3. Neermahal

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Neermahal or Twijilikma Nuyung stands proudly on a marshy island in Rudrasagar lake. The palace is no doubt the pride and honour of Tripura, for it is extremely gorgeous. You don't need to enter into the Neermahal Palace to admire its beauty. The milky white building with a red coloured base looks striking even from the other side of the lake. The palace is located a miles away from the town of Melaghar, Tripura.

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History

Neermahal was constructed as a summer residence. It was Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Mankiya Debbarma's idea to build a palace amidst splendid Rudrasagar lake and in 1921 he accredited the British company Martin & Burn Co. to construct the palace for him. The company took nine years to complete the palace.

4. Kyauk Ka Latt Pagoda

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A strange rock formation with glistering pagoda on the top is a view you couldn't get anywhere in the world. Kyauk Ka Latt Pagoda is situated on a rock that is peculiarly defying gravity on the artificial lake. Not only the pagoda itself is a gorgeous view, the charming environment of wildlife, natural and its tranquility would fascinate you. You will fall in love with the atmosphere at once if you watch a sunset at this location. The pagoda is located several miles away from the city of Hpa-An, Myanmar.

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History

The Pagoda of Kyauk Ka Latt is definitely where the famous arhat, Tharmanya Sayadaw, meditated before his parinirvana. Since its creation it has been a very active meditation center.

5. Bang Pa-In Palace

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Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, is a palace complex formerly used by Thai Kings, It lies beside the Chao Phraya River located in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. An elegant Thai-style pavilion is located, for maximum visual effect, within an artificial lake and a lovely tower, the palace buildings are positioned around a lovely waterway and grounds are magnificent and manicured by a team of gardeners.

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History

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace was constructed by King Prasat Thong in 1632. After the construction, it was too large and was not used anymore in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It was not until during mid-19th century when King Monkut (Rama IV) renovated the site. Many buildings that are seen presently were mostly built from 1872 to 1889 by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).
There are four magnificent buildings located among the Versailles-esque garden compound, with the first being the Wehart Chamrun. The only building open for commoners, It's a royal palace and throne room. The next highlight is the Aisawan Thipya a floating pavilion, set in the middle of the ornamental pond. History says that it was favorite afternoon spot for young royals to read and enjoy their poetry.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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