Puputan Square is located in the historical center of Denpasar - a city in the south of Bali. Denpasar is the largest city of the Indonesian island of Bali, as well as the administrative center of the province of Bali. The name of the city is translated "east of the market." This city became the capital of Bali in 1958. The city has many monuments, and for curious tourists it will be interesting to see a combination of Javanese, Chinese and European culture in the city's architecture.
Puputan Square is known for its tragic history, the display of which can be seen in the monument in the square, which depicts a man, a woman and two children in heroic poses and waving daggers in their hands. Puputan is translated from Balinese as "fight to the end" and means ritually suicide, which occurs when there is a humiliating surrender to the enemy.
The monument was erected as a reminder of the Dutch invasion of Bali - the events of September 1906, when the Dutch army landed on the northern part of Sanur Beach and headed to Denpasar. When the Dutch troops approached the castle, a procession led by the Raj, carried by four porters on a palanquin, came out of the castle. Raja was dressed in traditional white clothes for a funeral, he had a lot of jewelry on him, and in his hands he held a chris - a national dagger with an asymmetric shape of a blade. The rest of the Raja’s retinue - officials, guards, priests, wives, children - were also dressed in similar clothes and held the same daggers in their hands. The procession stopped a hundred steps from the Dutch, the Raja gave a sign to his priest, who immediately plunged Chris into the chest of the Raja. The rest of the procession simultaneously began to kill each other. The Dutch opened fire. All killed about 1000 Balinese. The Dutch took the jewels from the corpses, and the Rajah's palace was destroyed.
As a reminder of this terrible massacre, a monument was erected on the site of the destroyed palace.
Description of the city
Denpasar is not a resort. There are no natural attractions: beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes. In general, the city. And although Sanur (a popular tourist area) is administratively part of Denpasar, the latter is considered to be a separate resort.
General information about Denpasar:
- Coordinates: 8 ° South, 115 ° East
- Altitude: 4 ± 1 meter
- Occupied area: 132, 98 km2
- Time zone: UTS + 8 (difference with Moscow +5 hours)
- Population: about 800,000
- Denpasar's phone code: (+62) (361)
According to the rating compiled by Travel Supermarket international resource, in 2018 Denpasar entered the top ten healthiest cities in the world, taking 9th place. The rating consisted of 50 cities, for comparison, Moscow took 34th place in it, and Athens was in the last position. To calculate the points, the presence of parks and squares, spa centers, sports grounds, including yoga and Pilates, the presence of places of public catering with healthy food, including vegetarian. The number of sunny days per year was also calculated. Another indicator was the average daily cost of living.
In the architecture of Denpasar, the influences of European and Javanese cultures are visible. The center is full of buildings with elements of Chinese motifs. In general, the capital looks rather provincial, which is expressed in the close proximity of temples and palaces with fields and gardens. Rural buildings can be found next to modern Western-style architecture, administrative offices on the side of the road, and villas among rice plantations.
Denpasar has a very dense building. Houses literally support each other. However, new housing is not being built. Therefore, even in the city center you will see ancient buildings. Many of them are more than 100 years old.
On the first floors shops, cafes, gas stations and other establishments are usually arranged. Behind them, in the depths of the courtyards, are residential buildings.
You will not find tall houses here. The seismic activity of the area leads to low levels: no one wants extra victims. There is a religious background to this. According to the traditions of Hinduism, the human dwelling should not be higher than the temple, just as man should not be higher than the gods.
However, the capital is the capital, with all its inherent attributes: administrative institutions, banks, educational institutions, hospitals, as well as bars, clubs and other places of recreation.
Now we will talk about the weather in Denpasar and its features.
Weather in Denpasar
The subequatorial climate provides an almost constant air temperature in the range from + 25 ° С to + 32 ° С. Night temperature does not fall below + 22 ° C. The wind is usually not more than 5-6 m / s, but there are days with gusts up to 3 7 m / s.
Seasons are divided into wet and dry seasons. The first lasts approximately from November to March, the second - the rest of the time. The rainiest month is usually December (almost 115 mm of rain). There is no sharp difference between the seasons. The annual rainfall is 1,700 mm (in Moscow, on average, 700 mm fall annually).
During the wet season, tropical rainfall occurs. At this time, you can feel for yourself what it is "pouring from a bucket." It usually rains in the evening or at night, so this will not hurt the rest. Only the streets can be flooded, and for walking you will need the appropriate footwear.
It is also worth mentioning the time of sunrise and sunset.
There is no sharp time difference between sunrises and sunsets in different seasons in Bali. The difference in about half an hour is barely noticeable. But if you plan to watch the sunrises and sunsets, for example, on the volcano Batur or on the beach of Jimbaran, I will give you some guidelines.
Below is the approximate time of sunrises and sunsets on the island (with an error of 5-7 minutes):
- January - 06: 10-18: 45
- February - 06: 20-18: 45
- March - 06: 23-18: 30
- April - 06: 22-18: 17
- May - 06: 24-18: 07
- June - 06: 30-18: 08
- July - 06: 3 5 -18: 15
- August - 06: 30-18: 18
- September - 06: 15-18: 15
- October - 05: 57-18-18: 13
- November - 05: 49-18: 19
- December - 05: 55-18: 30
Remember that these numbers are rather arbitrary. But you can focus on them, having 10 minutes left.
The next section is devoted to rest in Denpasar. Where to stay for the night, have a meal, where to go and what to see in the city - read about all this below.
Holidays in Denpasar
Decided to stay in the capital for a couple of days? I will tell you how to organize it.
In Denpasar there is no luxury expensive accommodation (if you do not take into account the hotels on the beach of Sanur). However, the rental options are very diverse: from apartments for the whole family or company to one bed with amenities in the courtyard. Prices vary according to season and influx of tourists. Often there are various promotions and discounts.
Below are several hotels in the very center of the capital. They are inexpensive, but with very decent service:
Aston Denpasar Hotel & Convention Center, 4 stars
- Prices: $ 40-55 per day
- Address: Jl. Gatot Subroto Barat No.283, Pemecutan Kaja, Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar
Hotel Grand Santhi, 3 stars
- Prices: $ 22-30 per day
- Address: Jl. Patih Jelantik No.1, Dauh Puri Klod, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
Mahatma Residence, 3 stars
- Prices: $ 16-20 per day
- Address: Denpasar Timur, Jalan Raya Puputan IIB No.1, Panjer, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar
For the money you get a fairly modest, but modern room. It will have a TV, air conditioning and refrigerator, as well as hot water. The pool will also be, but common to all guests. Minor flaws (darkened grout in the tiles on the floor, cracked plaster) are covered by low cost.
There are also very cheap hostel-type accommodations with 1 or 2 stars. A night in them will cost around 12-15 dollars. But it’s hard to talk about comfort: these are very simple rooms, often without hot water and with a fan instead of an air conditioner.
You may not want to delve into the intricacies of choosing and renting a home. I am ready to offer my help and choose an option in accordance with your tastes and needs. You can read more about my services in the section Rental housing in Bali.
And if you still want to figure it out on your own, here are a few proven services on which I recommend looking for hotels, villas and other accommodation options:
In Denpasar you can have breakfast and dinner at hotels, which will save time. The diet in them is maximally adapted to European taste habits.
There are also cafes and restaurants in the city. But right away I will make a reservation: almost all of them offer local dishes. This means that there will be a lot of rice and spices. Balinese people love meat, so it’s hard for vegetarians to choose the right restaurant.
On the other hand, where else will you try authentic Indonesian cuisine? Take your time and be sure to visit at least one varung (the so-called small cafes).
Here are some good places to eat national food:
This establishment has been operating since 1976. It looks unprepossessing, but inside it is very cozy and stylish. The menu is translated into English. The choice is great. A regular white rice tree will cost you 6,000 rupees, and for 30-50,000 rupees you can try the traditional Nasi Goreng (fried rice with meat). By the way, there are several variations of this dish - including spicy and vegetarian.
- Opening hours: 10: 00-22: 00
- Average bill: 60,000 rupees
- Address: Jl. Veteran No.11, Dangin Puri Kauh, Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar
Nasi tempong condong raos
Forget about comfort and get ready to see a real local varung! It is rarely empty, mainly crowds of visitors here, there are practically no empty seats. The most popular dish is that Christmas tree with rice and fried chicken (or fish). It serves pickled vegetables, spicy soy sauce and a peanut bar in nougat. It all costs 11,000 rupees.
- Opening hours: 09: 00-22: 00
- Average check: 11,000 rupees
- Address: Jl. Gunung Batukaru No.1, Pemecutan, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
Waroeng Spesial Sambal "SS"
This is something like the European KFC, but in an Asian way. Dishes are brought here on small clay plates decorated with palm leaves. I recommend coming here with a big company. This is what the Balinese themselves usually do. They order a lot of snacks and sit for a long time in va rung.
- Opening hours: 11: 00-22: 00
- Average bill: 300,000 rupees per company of 5-8 people
- Address: Jl. Tukad Barito No.36, Dauh Puri Klod, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar
I can also recommend street stalls that offer “sate” barbecue. They do not have specific addresses - these are mobile varungs. The menu in them is very modest, and there is nowhere to sit. But you can eat on the go.
Balinese cuisine is an amateur. Someone like her, someone not. Therefore, I will not strongly recommend you exactly the national institutions. However, if this is your first time on an island, you will surely want to try something special. Moreover, it is quite cheap (60,000 rupees for a full meal is a good price).
If we talk about food more familiar to Europeans, then such institutions should be sought on the eastern and western outskirts of the city (that is, closer to the resort area). There are cafes and restaurants for every taste.
I will name a few such places.
Warung Pizzeria "Roma"
This is an Italian restaurant where pizza lovers will feel like they are in seventh heaven. Thin crispy dough, fragrant tomato sauce and various fillings will delight even the most sophisticated guest. When ordering, keep in mind that the portions are quite large.
- Opening hours: 08: 00-10: 00 (business breakfast), 10: 00-22: 00
- Average check: 1,300,000 rupees
- Address: Gg. Meduri No.5, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Hongkong Garden Restaurant
A two-story Chinese restaurant with a wide selection of dishes. Visitors can sit at tables indoors or outdoors. Of the pluses, it is also worth noting the quality service, excellent location of the restaurant and spacious parking.
- Opening hours: 11: 00-23: 00
- Average check: 1,300,000 rupees
- Address: Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai Gg. Kertapura VIII, Kesiman Kertalangu, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar
In addition, as elsewhere in the world, Denpasar has a network of Starbucks, McDonald's and KFC, where you can quickly grab a bite to eat. The average check there is fixed for any country.
Numerous varungs are a great solution for an economical tourist. They serve dishes prepared in Eastern traditions, costing from 15,000 to 40,000 rupees per serving.
Here are some places where you can have a budget meal.
Danau toba restaurant
This is a popular Chinese restaurant. Dishes are not adapted for Europeans, their oriental flavor is preserved. Of the minuses: the parking is always crowded and payment only in cash.
- Opening hours: 09: 00-02: 00
- Average bill: 200 000 r upy
- Address: Jl. Teuku Umar No.130, Dauh Puri Kauh, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
Vegan Restaurant. It is easy to find, convenient parking near it. The interior is simple but comfortable. Prepare vk at a dream. Dishes will appeal even to those who are not used to limiting their diet.
- Opening hours: 08: 00-23: 00
- Average check: 80,000 rupees
- Address: Pertokoan Sudirman Agung B 12A, 80234, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Dauh Puri Klod, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
Sitara Indian Restaurant Denpasar
This is an Indian restaurant with great food and a pleasant atmosphere. Of the minuses: it may take some time to prepare dishes, parking is not always free, you also have to pay for drinking water.
- Opening hours: 11: 00-23: 00
- Average bill: 260,000 rupees
- Address: Jl. Teuku Umar No.137B, Dauh Puri Kauh, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
Benoa fish market
And this is a seafood restaurant. It serves mainly Asian dishes and seafood. The location is far from the city center, but easy to get to. Of the advantages, you can note the cozy atmosphere and tables in the open air with beautiful views.
- Opening hours: 11: 00-22: 00
- Average bill: 200,000 rupees
- Address: Jl. Raya Pelabuhan Benoa No.8, Pedungan, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar
Next, we move on to the issue of transport and movement around the city.
Buses, taxis, rented cars or motorcycles - choose what suits you best. Well, and a little exotic: horse-drawn carriages called dokar. They are used by tourists who want to ride on the most interesting places in the capital. In each "carriage" is a company of several people.
The roads in the city are quite narrow, some streets do not exceed 3 meters in width. There is not enough parking, so drivers leave cars and bikes right on the sidelines. All this leads to the formation of large traffic jams.
Traffic is poorly regulated. At rare intersections you can find traffic lights. Basically, drivers are guided "according to the situation", which only exacerbates the area of traffic congestion.
Despite all this, I do not recommend you to walk around the city. There are almost no sidewalks on the streets, and wherever they are, everything is laden with cars. The most convenient means of transportation is a bike.
Next, I will tell you more about the transport infrastructure of Denpasar. You can find out how you can move around the island on the Transport page in Bali.
In Denpasar, almost every citizen has a bike, and wealthy people even have a car. Therefore, in public transport, no one really expects. Since there are few tourists here, carriers are in no hurry to develop a network of bus routes in the city.
However, there are some options.
First of all, this is the company Trans Sarbagita. Their buses are comfortable and air-conditioned. Each bus indicates where it is coming from and where. Payment for travel is made in special terminals. The cost of the trip is only 3,000 rupees. The problem is that in Denpasar there is only one route of this carrier. It runs through the city center - from the GOR Ngurah Rai sports complex to the Garuda Vishnu Kenchan park on the floor off Bukit Island.
Another carrier is Kura Kura Bus. Small buses, also with air conditioning, run on five lines exactly on schedule. You can buy a travel card, which will be more profitable for frequent trips around the neighborhood. The bus station is located at Jl. ByPass Ngurah Rai, Kuta, Ground Floor, DFS Galleria, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung.
Read more about public transport on the Buses page in Bali.
Budget and luxury cars, small-sized scooters and powerful motorcycles - which is not available in Denpasar. On almost any street you will find car rental locations.
The rental price of a bike is from 100,000 rupees per day. The car will cost more - from 200,000 rupees. The cost is greatly influenced by the class of the vehicle, its condition, as well as additional options. For example, a child seat will increase the amount of rent by 50,000 rupees per day. You will have to pay the same amount for a GPS navigator.
I have already said, but I repeat again: it is best to use a bike to get around Denpasar. It is both cheaper and faster. On a bulky car, you will constantly be stuck in traffic jams and will not be able to drive along narrow streets.
Nevertheless, I will give you several companies where you can rent a car and a bike.
Puri bali car rental
There are cars, minivans and buses. The rental price starts at 400,000 rupees per day.
- Address: Jl. Pulau Alor No.17, Dauh Puri Klod, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
- Website: http://www.puribalicarrental.com/
Bali Access Car Rental
Cars of different classes are leased. Prices - from 220,000 rupees per day.
- Address: Jl. Mayjen Sutoyo No.2, Dauh Puri Kangin, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
- Website: http://www.sewa-mobil.com/
Bali bike rental
Unlike previous companies, there are only bikes and motorcycles. Rental price - from 142,000 rupees per day.
- Address: Jl. Raya Kerobokan no. 71, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
- Website: https://balibikerental.com/
As for bikes, it’s easier to look for them on the streets of the city. You need to have only money, a passport and a driver’s license with you. Car rental is more difficult - there is often a need to additionally conclude an agreement.
If you do not have a driver’s license or if you are in Bali for the first time, take a taxi. In Denpasar, there is Uber, familiar to everyone, and its Asian counterpart, Grab. But not all companies have the opportunity to come anywhere in the island. For example, none of the above firms has the right to drive to the international terminal of Ngurah Rai Airport.
In Bali, there is only one taxi park, which is not subject to bans. This is Blue Bird. Their blue cars can also be found in Denpasar.
A trip around the city will cost you an average of 200,000-300,000 rupees. Blue Bird has a Taxi for a Day service. It costs from 400,000 rupees.
I will be very pleased if you call me for a taxi. I can meet you at the hotel and take you anywhere in Bali. Along the way, I will talk about the island and its inhabitants, about Denpasar, as well as about various interesting places that you can visit.
Read more about this on the Taxi page in Bali.
Prices and Currency
The national currency of Bali (as in all of Indonesia) is the Indonesian rupee, its code> hotel rhetoric can be paid in dollars. But Denpasar is not a resort, everyone uses rupees here.
If you decide to stay in this city, keep enough local money with you. In any bank, you will be given rupees in exchange for dollars. There are also many exchangers, but they can be tricked into. Please note that old and worn bills are sometimes not accepted.
There are a lot of official banks in Denpasar.
I recommend using the following:
Here, the most favorable rate for cash withdrawals on cards and the lowest commission for operations with cards of other banks.
- Office hours: 08: 00-15: 00
- Office Address: Graha Mahkota, Jl. Teuku Umar No.208-210, Dauh Puri Kauh, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
- Work time: round the clock
- ATM Address: McDonald, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.109, Sanur, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar
Here are some more proven banks:
- Bank CIMB Niaga
- Bank Mandiri Tas p en Pos
- Bank bjb
- Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI)
- Bank permata melati
- Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI)
To quickly navigate prices, use the approximate formula: 10,000 rupees = 47 rubles, and 100 rubles = 21,000 rupees. For exact calculations, I suggest using a currency converter.
To give you an idea of the price level in the city, I will give a few examples.
Prices in the cafe
I must say that there are no serious differences from the resort area here.
Here are the average prices for dishes in public catering (shown in rupees per serving):
- Rice - 10 000-15 000
- Rice with meat - 30,000-40,000
- Soups - 15 000-18 000
- Grilled corn - 10 000-15 000
- Teran Bulan (pancake with filling) - 1 0 000-18 000
- Fried noodles - 15,000-20,000
- A cup of coffee - 5,000-10,000
There are no official gratuities in Bali. However, for good service, it is customary to leave on top 5 percent of the invoice amount, that is, purely symbolically thank you for your attention.
You can save if you cook breakfast, lunch and dinner yourself. In Denpasar you can find vegetables and fruits familiar to Europeans, fish, meat, milk and bread.
Here are the approximate prices (in rupees per kilogram):
- Tomatoes - 5,000
- Cucumbers - 5,000
- Potato - 12,000
- Watermelon - 5,000-6,000
- Melon - 5,000-6,000
- Mango - 10,000-15,000
- Apples - 23,000-35,000
- Dragon Eye - 15,000
- Coconut - 15,000
Prices for some other foods and drinks:
- The simplest bread can be bought for 8,000-10,000 rupees, brown bread is a rarity, therefore it is expensive (from 15,000 rupees)
- Eggs cost about 20,000 rupees per dozen, this is the lowest price
- The cost of a bottle of beer is from 18,000 to 30,000 rupees
- A bottle of 0.5 liter cola or sprite will cost 4,000-6,000 rupees
- Prices for coffee beans start at 10,000 rupees per 100 grams
- Fish will cost an average of 15,000-50,000 rupees per kilogram (depending on species)
- Shrimp cost from 70,000 to 150,000 rupees per kilogram r amm (depending on size)
Seasonal price fluctuations range from 20 to 40%.
In large supermarkets on the shelves there is always an abundance of fruit. Some of them are harvested year-round, while for others there are periods of their maximum ripeness, when they are the most delicious and inexpensive.
I present to you the table of seasonality of fruits:
To find out when it is better to buy this or that fruit, find its name in the table, and then look at what months it ripens. For example, mangosteen should be purchased from March to June, and ripe pineapple lychee can be found at any time of the year. By the way, this data applies not only to Denpasar, but also to any other area of the island.
So, I tried to give you a brief overview of the city in terms of leisure opportunities. Of course, I can’t say about everything - the article is already big. In order to feel more confident and faster to get comfortable in Denpasar (and in general in Bali), contact me.
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Sights of Denpasar
Having considered all domestic issues, it's time to go sightseeing. Let's start with the main thing.
At this point in 1906, the Balinese committed suicide in order to protect the island from Dutch occupation. The name translated from Indonesian means "fight to the end." I will tell you more about this event a bit later, in the section on the history of Denpasar.
On the square there is a commemorative group of Bajra Sandhi Monument 45 meters high: men, women, children with daggers in their hands.
- Free admission
- Address: Dangin Puri Kauh, North Denpasar, Denpasar City
Its creation began in 1910 in order to preserve works of art from being exported abroad. The project was partially funded by the Dutch. Later still opened the halls of ethnography and anthropology.
In the museum you can get an idea of the development of the country's architecture, as well as see paintings, ancient household items, weapons, sarcophagi, bamboo cages of fighting roosters and much more. A large exhibition is devoted to ritual things, costumes, jewelry, dolls. A large stuffed Barong is exhibited. There are exhibits of prehistoric times.
- Opening hours: 08: 00-15: 00 (Monday-Thursday), 08: 00-12: 30 (Friday)
- Entrance fee: 20,000 rupees (adult), 10,000 rupees (children)
- Address: Jl. Mayor Wisnu No. 1, Dangin Puri, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar
Temple of Pura Jagathnatha (Pura Agung Jagathnatha)
This is the main city temple. It was built in 1953 as a symbol of world harmony between chaos and orderliness. All religious holidays, as well as festivals on the days of the new moon and full moon, are held here.
Ancient Hindu stories are depicted on the walls of the building, and statues and sculptures, bowls in the shape of a lotus and other sacred objects are set inside.
To visit this temple, like all others, you need a sarong. If you don’t have one, you will be offered to take it at the entrance.
- Work time: round the clock
- Free admission
- Address: Jl. Surapat i, Dangin Puri, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, next to the Bali Museum
Pura Maospahit Temple
This is another widely visited temple. It is the oldest in the city, was built in the 14th century from red brick, then popular. The style of the building also corresponds to that time.
The main entrance is open only on holidays. On other days, you can also enter the temple, but from other gates. In addition to the architecture of the building, it will be interesting to look at sculptures, statues and other symbols of the ancient religion.
- Opening hours: 08: 00-16: 00
- Entrance fee: 15,000 rupees (as donations)
- Address: Jl. Sutomo No.6, Pemecutan Kaja, Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar
Fingerprint Painting Museum
This is a museum opened by the grandson of Indonesia’s national hero And Gusti Ngurah Raya. Fingerprint artworks are on display here.
- Opening hours: 08: 00-16: 00
- Entrance fee: 10,000 or 15,000 rupees (voluntary donation)
- Address: Jl. Hayam Wuruk, Panjer, Denpasar Sel. Kota Denpasar
Taman Budaya Art Center (Werdhi Budaya Art Center)
Represents several adjacent buildings in the traditional Indonesian style. Every June, the Bali Arts Festival hosts dance performances. Creative groups come from all over the country, and more recently, from abroad (from America, Japan). The “nail” of the prog amma is the national “monkey dance” of Kechak.
- Opening hours: 07: 30-15: 30
- Entrance fee: 3,000 rupees
- Address: Jl. Nusa Indah No.1, Panjer, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar
Puri Agung Denpasar Palace
This is the main of the royal palaces of Denpasar. Rebuilt by the Dutch, it is an example of colonial style. Here is the residence of the governor, as well as a dance studio and a center of creativity for youth. The collection of crises and other types of daggers will not leave lovers of weapons and exoticism indifferent.
- Opening hours: 08: 00-18: 00
- Address: Jl. Veteran No.62, Dangin Puri Kaja, Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar
Puri Agung Pemecutan Palace
Built in the 16th century in the tradition of Balinese architecture. This palace was the residence of the royal family of Badung province. At that time, Ngurah Manik Parashara ruled the country (Ida Kokorda Pemekutan XI).
- Work time: round the clock
- Address: Pemecutan, West Denpasar, Denpasar City
On the streets of the city you will find other interesting objects - temples, museums, art galleries. Many of them are not very famous, therefore they are visited only by local residents. But this does not mean that there is nothing to watch.
What else to do in Denpasar
In addition to attractions, I recommend that you pay attention to the following types of recreation:
Below I will talk about each of them.
The most attractive activity in Denpasar is shopping. Tourists are usually interested in various kinds of souvenirs, jewelry, leather, bamboo, wood, stone, beautiful colored fabrics, weaving from all kinds of materials.
The city has a great many small and large retail outlets with unusual items made of gold and silver, including filigree style. Malaysian daggers, kris, dolls, sarongs, are abundantly sold.
You can make purchases on the markets or in specialized stores.
Below you will find a description of several markets.
Kumbasari Market (Pasar Kumbasari)
It is located in the northern part of the city on Jalan Gajah Mada. It sells souvenirs, figurines, textiles. Near the market is the Badung River. Its promenade is equipped for walks and relaxation.
- Opening hours: 08: 00-17: 00
- Address: Jl. Gajah Mada, Pemecutan, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
Badas Market (Pasar Badung)
This is the main grocery market of the city. It is located on the other side of the Badung River, across the street from Kumbasari Market. On all three floors of this brick building, day and night, without interruptions, they sell fruits, spices, sweets. In order to be guaranteed to get the highest quality product, tell the seller: "number one quality!".
In the European sense, it is a shopping and entertainment center. Here you can not only buy whatever your heart desires, but also watch musical and dance performances.
- Work time: round the clock
- Address: Dangin Puri Kangin, Jl. Sulawesi No.1, Dauh Puri Kangin, Denpasar Bar. Kota Denpasar
Kreneng Market (Pasar Kreneng)
Another round-the-clock market. It can conditionally be divided into four large departments. One finishes working - another opens, and so on in a circle without a break.
- Work time: round the clock
- Address: Dangin Puri Kangin, North Denpasar, Denpasar City
Now I will give some popular stores with inexpensive and high-quality goods.
Naia Jewelry Boutique
Here you can find jewelry made of gold and silver at the lowest prices.
- Opening hours: 11: 00-19: 00
- Address: Jl. Teuku Umar Barat No.371, Padangsambian Klod, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
This shop specializes in batik. This is a hand-made list of fabrics, traditional for residents of not only Bali, but also Indonesia.
- Opening hours: 09: 00-17: 00
- Address: Jl. WR Supratman No.306, Kesiman Kertalangu, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar
Behind this name are shopping centers. Here is a wide selection of rattan bags, beach items, souvenirs and all kinds of colorful accessories.
- Opening hours: 08: 00-22: 00
Jl. Nusa Kambangan No.160A, Dauh Puri Kauh, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
Jl. Nusa Indah No.77, Sumerta, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar
Take a look here for Bali's finest pottery. The store offers products and utensils with unique designs and spectacular colors.
- Opening hours: 08: 00-17: 00
- Address: Suwung Kangin, Jl. Mertasari No.21, S> Street Jalan Sulawesi deserves special mention. Here are a number of textile stores. In other words, this is a whole quarter of "lady's happiness." It lies south of Badung Market. These stores operate, usually from 09:00 to 17:00.
The advantage of shopping in Denpasar is that here many products are sold at low prices. In the resort area you will find all the same, but with a mark-up for tourists.
If you don’t want to spend time drawing up a route around Denpasar and think about where you should go or not, I’ll be happy to help you. According to your desire, I am ready to organize a short sightseeing tour in the capital of Bali. We can make a program according to your preferences and interests. Or we will go through the most important places of the city and see everything that we have time for the time that you have.
In addition, I organize excursions from Denpasar to other regions. Read more about my services in the section Excursions in Bali.
There is practically no nightlife in Denpasar itself. But something I still advise you.
Cinema Bioscope (Bioskop Mini Robinson)
It often shows American and Indian films in the original language. In addition, by joining them on the Internet, you can watch pictures online. The most interesting thing is that they are ready to receive your short films from you to show them to a wide audience.
- Opening hours: 10: 00-22: 00
- Address: Jl. P.B. Sudirman No.18 A, Dauh Puri Klod, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar
Attraction "Inverted World" (Upside Down World Bali)
It is funny to feel in its rooms, where the furniture is on the ceiling and walls. Especially children will be delighted with being there.
- Opening hours: 09: 00-21: 00
- Entrance fee: 100,000 rupees (adult), 50,000 rupees (children)
- Address: Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.762, Pemogan, Denpasar Sel., Kota Den p asar
Orchid Garden (Bali Orchid Garden)
This is a botanical garden in the southeast of the capital, near Sanur. About a hundred different species of orchids are represented here. If you arrived in April or May, you can see how elegantly they bloom. This garden, among other things, is the main supplier of Luwak coffee.
- Opening hours: 08: 30-18: 00
- Entrance fee: 100,000 rupees
- Address: Bypass Kusamba 1 Tohpati Jln Bypass Tohpati, Kesiman Kertalangu, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar
Bird Market (Pasar Burung)
I would recommend it to fans of funny little animals. In addition to birds, cats, rabbits, monkeys and other animals are sold here. I recommend only making purchases in case you can determine if the animal has any disease.
- Opening hours: 08: 00-17: 00
- Address: Jl. Veteran No.66, Dangin Puri Kaja, Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar
The city was founded on February 27, 1788. It used to be called Badung, which means "naughty." For a long time it was the capital of the province of the same name on the island of Bali. Even then, it was an important trading center and residence of the Balinese nobility.
During colonization, almost the entire 19th century, the city with its environs was influenced by the Dutch, and not by the government of his country.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Indonesian authorities began to take measures to subjugate this part of Bali. After another conflict, the invaders decided to improve their power over the island, having consolidated themselves thoroughly and forever. But only their ranks appeared on the approaches to the Rajah’s palace, as the king and priests, accompanied by a powerful column of subjects, came out to meet. Then there was a massive exposing suicide. In Indonesian it is called puputan: the priests stuck in the heart of their master his dear, strewn with stones, knife. Citizens followed suit, killing themselves and their children. In those days, a lot of Balinese were killed, and not only in Badung. Impressed Dutch chose to leave the island, so as not to cause anger in the world community.
In memory of this terrible event, a monument was erected on the site of the former Raja palace: a man, a woman and two children wave their daggers, intending to kill each other. Puputan Square itself is now known as one of the main attractions of the city.
In 1936, Badung was renamed Denpasar, which translates as "east of the market."In 1958, it became the capital of the entire Bali Island in exchange for Singaraja. From this time began its intensive development, which continues today.