"Gedong Kertya or Lontar Museum" Bali Off The Beaten Path Tip by theo1006

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Not many tourists “doing Bali” pay a visit to Gedung Kertya, but for those really interested in Balinese culture, this modest museum - or rather library - is a must. It is here that the written record of Bali's cultural heritage is preserved.

The library was established in 1928 by the colonial government official supervising the Buleleng area, and was then named after two Dutch scholars Liefrink and Van der Tuuk. Now it counts over 3000 manuscripts on lontar leaves, covering government, agriculture, religion, healing crafts, spells and magic, as well as ancient Balinese poetry.

An employee of the neighbouring museum showed us around and explained how the lontar leaves are prepared, the texts and pictures engraved in them and then coloured by rubbing in the ink. He also told that the original lontar books are kept safe. They are constantly being copied and visitors only get to see copies.

When going here, make it a three-in-one destination. In the same compound - the former royal palace grounds - you can also visit the Buleleng Museum and the living quarters of the late king Anak Agung Putu Djelantik, still inhabited by one of his granddaughters, Anak Agung Serayawati.

Address: 20 Jalan Veteran, Singaraja.
Open: 8am to 3pm Monday – Thursday, 8 am to noon on Friday, closed on weekends.
Entrance fee: Rp.5000.

Phone: +62.362.22645
Website: http://www.wkamah.com/articles/Lontar-Legacy-Knowledge-and-Wisdom.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 30, 2011
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