The massive complex of pools and floating pavilions erected in the sea-side village of Ujung in Karangasem in the 1920's by the regency's last King, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut, will soon be regaining some of its lost glory under a program of restoration to being in February 2002. Destroyed by massive earthquakes and volcanoes over the past decades, the late King's eclectic collections of architectural styles, ballustrades and stained glass will eventually be completely rebuilt to become a major attraction in eastern Bali.
The first phase of renovation will cost an estimated Rp. 2 billion (+/- US$ 200,000), funded 65% via a loan from the World Bank, 25% by the Government of Bali, and the remainder in a grant of funds from the Minister of Culture and Tourism. When the first phase is completed the southern and eastern wall together with the entrance way will have been repaired, the landscaping of the gardens restored, and the water delivery system renewed including the restoration of two major pools.
The final list of 29 qualified contractors has been selected with the final contractor soon to be appointed to commence work in February.
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