One of the regencies in Bali Province which is located on the east end of the island of Bali. Karangasem Regency was formed with a long history of an empire that experienced progress to successfully expand out of its territory such as Buleleng, Jembrana, and Lombok. Now it is a Regency with the cultural potential of the promised customs.
The forerunner of the existence of Karangasem was attributed to the area called Adri Karang by the “Sading C Inscription” (Goris, 1954). The inscription explains that on the east of the island of Bali, a tall mountain rises upward reaching the sky called Adri Karang (Gunung Karang). The capital of Karangasem Regency is Amlapura which is located ± 84 km from the capital city of Bali Province (Denpasar). The name of the city of Amlapura was finally inaugurated as the Capital City of Karangasem Regency through the Decree of the Minister of Home Affairs Number 284, dated November 28, 1970.
The territory of Karangasem Regency is not much different from the territory of the Karangasem kingdom at first. In the time of the kingdom of Karangasem until 1908 its territory included 21 parts, namely Karangasem, Seraya, Bugbug, Ababi, Abang, Culik, Kubu, Tianyar, Pesedahan, Manggis, Antiga, Ulakan, Bebandem, Sibetan, Pesangkan, Selat, Muncan, Rendang, Besakih, Sidemen, and Talibeng. Now Karangasem Regency has 8 sub-districts namely Abang, Bebandem, Karangasem, Kubu, Manggis, Rendang, Sidemen and Selat, with 78 villages / kelurahan (75 villages and 3 kelurahan), 532 official offices, 52 neighborhoods. While traditionally, Karangasem Regency consists of 189 traditional villages with 605 indigenous banjar. Boundary of Karangasem Regency, Java Sea (North), Indonesia Ocean (South), Klungkung Regency, Bangli, Buleleng (West), and Lombok Strait (East). Some symbols that represent Karangasem Regency are Mount Agung and Pura Besakih.
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