Gedong Kirtya

Gedong Kirtya library was founded in 1928 by the Dutch in what was then their colonial capital of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Singaraja, and named for the Sanskrit word 'to try'. It is in the complex of Sasana Budaya, the old palace of the Buleleng Kingdom.

Gedong Kirtya
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Established2 June 1928 (1928-06-02)
LocationJalan Veteran, No. 20, Kelurahan Paket Agung, Kecamatan Buleleng, Buleleng, Bali
Coordinates8°07′29″S 115°05′46″E / 8.124843°S 115.096201°E / -8.124843; 115.096201Coordinates: 8°07′29″S 115°05′46″E / 8.124843°S 115.096201°E / -8.124843; 115.096201
FounderHerman Neubronner van der Tuuk
I Gusti Putu Djelantik
Liefrinck Van der Tuuk
OwnerBuleleng Regency government
Governeur-General B.C. de Jonge visits Gedong Kirtya

In its collection are lontar manuscripts (written on dried leaves of the rontal palm), prasasti (inscribed on copper plates) and manuscripts on paper in Balinese and Roman characters including documents from the colonial period (1901-1953).

Ex Bupati of Buleleng Dr Ketut Wirata Sindhu is upgrading the library into a full museum. When completed, the museum will cover the entire Sasana Budaya complex.


  • Bali, Lonely Planet(2003)