The capital of Bali, Denpasar, has been the focus of much of the island’s growth and wealth over the last 20 years. It has an important museum, an arts centre and lots of shops. Denpasar means ‘next to the market’, and the main market (Pasar Badung) is the biggest and busiest in Bali. Denpasar still has some tree-lined streets and pleasant gardens, but the traffic, noise and pollution make it a difficult place to enjoy.
Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali
Think of this as the British Museum or the Smithsonian of Balinese culture. It's all here, but unlike those world-class institutions, you have to work at sorting it out This museum was originally established in 1910 by a Dutch resident who was concerned by the export of culturally significant artefacts from the island.
Denpasar City Sightseeing Tour
Admire what Denpasar has to offer during a sightseeing tour of Bali’s capital city. Your knowledgeable local guide will show you top attractions, such as Puputan Square and Pasar Badung—Bali’s largest food market. You’ll view Indonesian art collections at the Bali Museum, and learn about traditional Balinese woodcarving and architecture at the Bali Art Center.
Best places to stay in Denpasar
Bali Arts Festival
The annual Bali Arts Festival, based at the Taman Wedhi Budaya arts centre, lasts for about a month starting in mid-June. It's a great time to visit Bali, and the festival is an easy way to see a wide variety of traditional dance, music and crafts from the island.
Denpasar Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel
Save time and money and book your transfer services before you go! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This is the ideal way to start your holiday or business trip. Travel from Denpasar Airport to Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Legian and Seminyak. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a shared vehicle transfer.
Bali & Lombok travel guide
The mere mention of 'Bali' evokes thoughts of a paradise. It's more than a place; it's a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.
This classic urban park commemorates the heroic but suicidal stand of the rajahs of Badung against the invading Dutch in 1906. A monument depicts a Balinese family in heroic pose, brandishing the weapons that were so ineffective against the Dutch guns.
The state temple, built in 1953, is dedicated to the supreme god, Sanghyang Widi. Part of its significance is its statement of monotheism. Although the Balinese recognise many gods, the belief in one supreme god (who can have many manifestations) brings Balinese Hinduism into conformity with the first principle of Pancasila – the ‘Belief in One God.
Bajra Sandhi Monument
Otherwise known as the Monument to the Struggle of the People of Bali, this huge monument is as big as its name and dominates what’s already a big park in Renon. Inside this vaguely Borobodur-like structure are dioramas tracing Bali’s history. Taking the name as a cue, you won’t be surprised that they have a certain jingoistic soap-opera quality. But they’re a fun diversion.
Jammed into a string of fabric stores just east of Pasar Badung, this narrow shop stands out for its huge selection of genuine Balinese batik. The colours and patterns are bewildering, while the clearly marked reasonable prices are not.
Bali & Lombok - South Bali (Chapter)
You won’t have seen Bali if you haven’t fully explored south Bali. The island’s capital, Denpasar, sprawls in all directions and is a vibrant place, offering traditional markets, glitzy malls, great eating and plenty of Balinese history and...