Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin Uluwatu, Bali +62 361 3001000 or +62 361 8471000
According to history, King Dewa Agung refused to submit to foreign domination and, with two-hundred of his men, he marched down the road, committing ritual mass suicide (puputan), stabbing each other with the traditional Balinese ceremonial dagger, the kris. The administrative capital of the reggency is the city of Semarapura, home to the Klungkung Palace, a complex of buildings built at the end of the XVII Century, much of it having also been destroyed during the Dutch invasion. In this dynamic city-market, it is possible to find original Balinese fabrics and the famed sea-salts from the surrounding beaches. North of the Palace, a monument was erected in memory of the puputan. A vast area of the reggency includes the district of Nusa Penida, a group of islands off the coast - the enchanting Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and, of course, Nusa Penida itself. Besides Klungkung and Nusa Penida, the other two districts of which the reggency is comprised are Banjarangkan and Dawan. Klungkung was the most important of the nine kingdoms of Bali from the XVII Century until 1908, quite stimulating and lively years in cultural and artistic terms. Among the many places of interest in the Palace to see, there are the traditional decorations painted on the ceiling of the hall of justice Kertha Gosa and the floating pavilion Bale Kambang with its depictions of Buddhism and Astrology. The temples of Jero Agung and Dasar in Gengel and the traditional villages of Kamasan and Paksa are also especially worth visiting.