Bayside, New York
February 20, 2002
All that remains of this glorious kingdom today is a floating pavilion surrounded by lotus ponds and a garden which, surprisingly, are located right in the main intersection of town. History tells us that the rest of the kingdom was desroyed to the ground in 1908 during the royal mass suicide against the Dutch invaders.
The Klungung name means beauty and/or happiness. Its name evokes prestige and aristocracy; the town villages are charming and have been prize winners in Bali's most beautiful village competition, which is sponsored by the government.
Every 3 days, there is a market event in Klungung which offers the visitor handmade crafts like baskets, housewares, fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices, etc.
Across the way from the temple are fairly modern, several storied apartment buildings with shops on the main levels; you can see TV antennas on the building roofs. There is quite a bit of poverty to be witnessed on the streets as we met a very young mother with her child begging for food.
From journal Bali by Bus