Tampak Siring Palace

Tampak Siring Palace located in Gianyar Regency, Bali Province, is the only Presidential Palace built after Indonesia Merdeka. The other five palaces are buildings that have been established since the era of Dutch colonialism, among others, Istana Negara and Istana Merdeka (Jakarta), Bogor Palace (Bogor), Cipanas Palace (Cipanas), and Gedung Agung (Yogyakarta). Tampak Siring Palace is usually used by the president to rest, conduct work meetings, and conduct foreign negotiations. On April 27, 2007, for example, Tampak Siring Palace witnessed an extradition treaty between Indonesia and Singapore. Tampak Siring name comes from two words in Balinese language, which looks and siring meaning: “palm” and “tilt”. The naming is closely related to the local legend of King Mayadenawa. This king is known for clever and powerful mandraguna. However, because of his impotence to adopt himself as a god to be worshiped by his people, Betara Indra sent an army to attack King Mayadenawa. This attack makes Mayadenawa escape into the forest. To disguise his footsteps, Mayadenawa deliberately walked by tilting the soles of his feet. But unfortunately, Mayadenawa’s attempt to trick Betara Indra’s army failed, his trail was finally known. With the remnants of his supernatural powers, King Mayadenawa tries to fight by creating poisonous springs that can kill his pursuers. To overcome the adverse effects of the poisonous spring, Betara Indra created the source of her antidote, Tirta Empul (holy water). The flight of King Mayadenawa is now known as Tampak Siring. Tampak Siring Palace was built by an architect named R.M. Soedarsono on the initiative of President Soekarno. Construction of the presidential palace is divided into two periods, namely in 1957 and 1963. In 1957, in this complex was built Wisma Merdeka and Wisma Yudhistira. While in 1963, the second phase of construction completed two other main buildings, namely Wisma Negara and Wisma Bima, and one Multipurpose Building (conference hall). Tampak Siring Palace is built on a hilly area with an altitude of about 700 meters above sea level (DPL). The travelers who visit this place can see the history and function of the historic building used by the presidents of the Republic of Indonesia. At Wisma Merdeka which has an area of ​​1200 m2, for example, visitors can see the Bed Room I and Bed Room II President, Family Room, Living Room, and Work Room with such a beautiful arrangement. In this building tourists can also see decorations in the form of sculptures and paintings of choice. While at Wisma Negara, tourists can see a building with an area of ​​about 1,476 m2 which is a building to entertain guests of the country. Between Wisma Merdeka and Wisma Negara there is a 15 meter + deep gap separating the two homesteads. Therefore, a 40-meter-long bridge with a width of 1.5 meters was built to connect the two homesteads. Guests of the state will usually be escorted through this bridge to Wisma Negara, so the bridge is also known as the Friendship Bridge. The honored guests who have passed this bridge include Emperor Hirihito from Japan, President Tito of Yugoslavia, Ho Chi Minh from Vietnam, and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Wisma Yudhistira is a place to stay a group of presidents and entourage guests of the country. The guesthouse is located in the middle of the complex Tampak Siring Palace has an area of ​​about 1825 m2. While Wisma Bima with a building area of ​​about 2,000 m2 is usually used as a resting place for presidential guards and state guard guests. Another building that is not less important is the Conference Building. The building was purposefully built for cabinet meetings, state guests’ dinners, and important conferences, such as the ASEAN XIV Summit held on 7-8 October 2003. Still in this palace area, the tourists can also enjoy other attractions are quite famous on the island of Bali, the Pura Tampak Siring located just below the Palace Tampak Siring. This temple is also known by the name of Pura Tirta Empul because in this temple there is the source of holy spring (“tirta empul”). In this place, the tourists can do meditation and get a blessing by way of bathing in a special pool that watered by water from Tirta Empul. This sacred spring is said to have been used for purification and treatment since a thousand years ago.

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