InterContinental Bali Resort’s unique brand concept ‘In the Know’ is pleased to offer insider destination tips from around Bali to ensure that visitors get the absolute most out of their holiday.
The Resort’s savvy ‘In the Know’ team invites guests to explore a Balinese folktale by familiarising themselves with the love story of Jayaprana and Layonsari followed by a visit to the couple’s burial site in North Bali.
The story of Jayaprana and Layonsari dates back five centuries to a small Balinese kingdom known as Kalianget, which was plagued by a deadly disease that had killed many of its residents including most of the King’s family. One day, the King, who had lost his only son in the epidemic, discovered a small orphaned boy at the side of the road and decided to adopt him. The boy, Jayaprana, was raised in the palace by the King, who loved him as his own child and did everything he could to make him happy.
Jayaprana grew into a handsome young man and fell in love with a beautiful flower-seller at the market; her name was Layonsari. The King was delighted at first and arranged a big wedding for the couple, but it transpired that he was besotted with Layonsari.
Determined to have the beautiful Layonsari for his own, the King fiendishly plotted to have his son killed. Jayaprana learned of the deadly plot from Patih Sawung Galing – the palace soldier who had been assigned to kill him. Patih Sawung Galing told Jayaprana that the King had fallen in love with Layonsari and wanted her to become his wife. Jayaprana was shocked and became very sad that the King, his father, who had been so very kind to him all of his life, would want do such a thing. Torn between his love for his wife Layonsari and his deep affection and obedience to his father, Jayaprana willingly offered his life to his assassin, even giving him his keris (sword) so that he could use it to kill him. The tearful assassin killed Jayaprana, and immediately the surrounding forest was enveloped in a sweet perfume, making all of the animals howl with sadness – all but one, a white tiger, who rushed to the death scene and killed Patih Sawung Galing with one fierce blow.
When Layonsari heard the news of her beloved Jayaprana’s death, she took her own life. Mysteriously, the same sweet aroma now also imbued her death scene. The fragrant scent being a sign that the couple were both pure in mind and without any sins. Realising what a terrible thing he had done, the King sadly acknowledged that he was no longer fit to rule the kingdom and he abdicated from the throne. The grief-stricken people, meanwhile, resolved to unite the lovers in death and the two were buried side-by-side. Another grave was dug for Patih Sawung Galing whose soul was designated to guard the lovers forever.
The graves of Jayaprana and Layonsari are located in a peaceful place near Teluk Terima in North Bali, overlooking the sea and the Island of Menjangan and the mountains of East Java. The name Teluk Terima means ‘The Bay of Acceptance’. Today a statue of Jayaprana and his beloved wife stand in quiet witness at the burial site.
A guided tour to the burial site and the area around Teluk Terima, which is about 90 minutes’ drive from Singaraja, can be arranged through the ‘In the Know’ programme atInterContinental Bali Resort; please come to the Concierge desk or dial ext. 7083.