Denpasar Capital City
Denpasar is Bali’s capital city, it is the largest city on the island, the centre of commerce and governmental administration. The main street of the old town start with Jalan Gajahmada in the west, is the major commercial centre of shop, banks and restaurants, Surapati Street in the centre, followed by Hayam Wuruk Street and ends as Raya Sanur Street in the east.
There are many things of history and culture to see. The Puputan Square, with its heroic Catur Mukha, fondly commemorates the Balinese’s suicidal stand against the Dutch. Bajra Sandhi Monument is monument of Balinese People Struggle.
Until today, it is touchingly, a popular meeting place for locals in the evenings.
Denpasar has countless community temples called Pura and one of them is Pura Jaganatha, which is dedicated to the Supreme God Sang Hyang Widi Wasa. The statue of a turtle and two dragons is prevalent in all temples as it signifies the foundation of the world.
Pura Jaganatha offers a fine array of prehistoric and modern art, while its architectural design resembles that of a palace. The government-supervised Sanggraha Kriya Hasta has a wide display of handicraft and works of art. Between June and July is the Werdi Budaya, an annual art festival with performances, exhibitions, and art contests.
Bajra Sandhi Monument is monument of Balinese People Struggle . This Monument is recognized by the name of Bajra Sandhi because it’s form is looking like Bajra or Genta or bell used by all Hindu Priest in reading off Weda holy sentence (mantra) at religious ceremony.
This monument is built in the year 1987 and it is opened by president of Megawati Sukarno Putri on 14 June 2003.
The purpose of this monument is to immortalize the soul and spirit of Balinese People struggle, at one blow dig, looking after, developing and also preserve the culture of Bali to be bequeathed to a router generation as advancing capital stroke tread a world of loaded progressively with the challenge and resistance.
The capital of Bali is often considered a sprawling and noisy city that has attracted thousands of inhabitants from the rest of the island. It is also the first stop-over point for any visitor to Bali.
Arriving at Ngurah Rai Airpot, one is struck immediately by the warmth of the hosts. The city is indeed filled with treasures from its rich and colorful past. The airport itself is named after a freedom fighter, Ngurah Rai, who led a small band of soldiers toward the end of 1946, in the struggle against the colonial rulers of that time, the Dutch.
All 94 soldiers led by Ngurah Rai were slaughtered, now remembered by a monument near the airport. The site where the fight took place is now called Marga Rana. The 20th November is designated Marga Rana Heroes’ Day and celebrated with parades and other public ceremonies.
The centre of life in the city revolves around Puputan Square. In the centre of the square is a bronze memorial for those who lost their lives in the one sided struggle with the Dutch. At one corner of the square stands a 5 meter stone statue dedicated to the ‘Great.
The nearby Bali Museum was established in 1932. Archaeological finds, dance masks, handcraft, paintings, as well as architectural illustrations of the various Balinese temples, provide and unrivaled exhibition of the culture.
Go to the three-story Central Market in the early morning, when it is a hive of activity. The whole of the first floor is devoted to meat and fish, dairy products, as well as flowers. If looking for spices, head for the second floor. Handcrafts are on the third.
There are several other markets well worth visiting in the capital city, including the Kumbasari, just across from the Central Market. For souvenir hunters, two streets, Jalan Gajah Mada and jalan Thamrin, have all you will need to remember your trip to Bali. Specialty and Art shops abound here and all over in Denpasar.
Visit the Bird Market (Pasar Burung) for a closer look at several fine feathered creatures, as well as cats, dogs, snakes and fish. The night market (pasar malam) usually starts in the late afternoon and is a favorite for eating in a relaxed atmosphere as you watch the world go by.
Make your way towards Sanur and you will find the Niti Mandala Civic Centre, home to several government offices, including the Bali Government Tourist Office. Interesting to note is the architectural style used in constructing adapting age-old Balinese designs to the modern era.
There’s an excellent art centre, a museum and a colourful and cheap market in Jl. Sulawesi. There are also several department stores such as Hero and Matahari. You will also find many restaurants and fast food stores.
Kumbasari market located on the opposite of the Badung’s river, in GajahMada street is a 24 hours traditional market. You can find daily needed until art and craft products.
Museum Bali is a right place to see the development of Bali. Located on the eastern side of Puputan Square, just beside of Jagatnatha Temple.