Inspired by brilliant works of art by the famous palace architect of Lombok and Bali a thousand years ago, Gedong Gandrung has been created by Anhar Setjadibrata, proprietor and designer of Hotel Tugu Lombok, to bring back to life romantic and mysterious, almost forgotten masterpieces from Indonesia’s history.
The number 17 was believed to be sacred since a thousand years ago. At Gedong Gandrung, there are 17 tall doors decorating the hall. This is not unrelated to the spiritual lives of the people of the Indonesian archipelago.
Garuda Jatayu is the king of birds in the Ramayana epic who died in his battle against the giant Rahwana while trying to save Dewi Sinta who had been kidnapped by Rahwana. With his loyalty and courage, gaining his strength from the thought of Rama’s love for Sinta, Jatayu fought Rahwana till the end of his life. His spirit arose the sky, narrating a tale of pure love between two human beings to the gods. These statues of Garuda Jatayu decorate the giant Ramayana-inspired chandelier, dancing and basking in the light of true love.
A Hall of Love
Gedong in old Indonesia language means “hall” whereas Gandrung means “strong, passionate romantic love; an uncontainable infatuation”. The architecture and interior of Gedong Gandrung, the wedding hall that has been created by Hotel Tugu Lombok was inspired by the masterpieces of famous architect and renowned painter of Bali and Lombok; I Gusti Gedong (1850-1894) and I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1862-1978).
One of the gates of this Gedong Gandrung was inspired by the work of the famous painter I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, a genious artist who was from Ubud, Bali. Two famous paintings he made in 1929, titled “Seorang Kesatria sedang menghajar raksasa” (A knight defeating a giant), and “Anak tiri yang ditolong oleh burung ajaib” (The stepchild being rescued by the magic bird), can now be found in the National Museum of Vienna, donated to them by Helen Potjewyd.
The uniqueness and beauty of Gedong Gandrung illustrate the splendour of Lombok palace a thousand years ago. Gedong Gandrung depicts the love story of Rama and Sinta. Princess Sinta was separated for thirteen long years from her beloved prince, Rama, when she was kidnapped by the giant Rahwana. A giant chandelier at the Gedong Gandrung is shaped after the magical, powerful bird who had helped re-united the love of Rama and Sinta.
Gedong Gandrung is a place that inspires true love; a place to say timeless vows to one another, under the silent blessing of eternal couple Rama and Sinta from the Ramayana epic. It is also an artful tribute we proudly dedicate to the lives of two genius artists of Indonesia I Gusti Gedong and I Gusti Nyoman Lempad.
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West Nusa Tenggara – Indonesia
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