Ujung Water Palace Proving Popular With Tourists
Despite Occasionally Active Mount Agung Volcano, Royal Baths at Ujung Has Record Visitor Levels in 2018
The intermittent eruption of nearby Bali’s Mount Agung in 2017 and 2018 had no significant effect on the number of tourists visiting the Regency of Karangasem. On the contrary, visitors to the Ujung Water Palace in Tumbu Village have set new records, surpassing all expectations.
Balipost.com reports that in 2018 foreign visitors to the former royal water palace built in 1909 by the Anak Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah (I Gusti Bagus Jelantik) targeted only some 44,000 foreign tourists when, in fact, 78,000 foreign tourist actually came to the seaside palace in 2018.
Income derived from admission tickets in 2018 exceeded Rp. 6.5 billion. The management body in charge of the attraction paid Rp. 900 million to the Regency of Karangasem and Rp. 600 million to the Karangasem Palace. The remaining balance of around Rp. 5 billion was used to cover operating costs of maintaining the attraction and paying the salaries of staff.
Based on their unprecedented success in 2018, a target of around Rp. 6.5 billion has been set for the Ujung Water Palace in 2019.