Aside of being famous for its nature and performing arts, Bali also has an architectural art that is no less remarkable. Traditional Balinese architecture has its own principles regarding the layout, size, location, and alignment of every building in the courtyard, so as to meet the aesthetic value and function of each building.
One of the structural features of traditional Balinese buildings is the tugeh or king-post statue. It is usually made of strong, choice wood, such as teak. The tugeh is sometimes painted or gilded.
The tugeh is usually decorated with flowers or creatures (living or mythological) that are closely related to elements of Bali’s Hindu culture. For example, a tugeh can resemble a lion, an eagle, or a winged lion, while some may use a simplified form. The form usually has its own meaning and purpose, chosen to be appropriate for the building. For example, the tugeh used for the bale dangin (the ceremonial pavilion in a traditional house courtyard) takes the form of the mythical bird Garuda, or a lion with wings, as they are both considered protectors.
At Komaneka at Keramas Beach, the use of tugeh can be found in our restaurant building, Timur Kitchen. This tugeh, made of teak, is a special feature in the sophisticated contemporary design of the restaurant, which is rich with timber and intricate details inspired by the old era of the royal Balinese kingdoms. The tugeh is chosen as the symbol of Komaneka at Keramas Beach, an example of beauty with meaning.