What to See in Denpasar
Denpasar attractions are a blend of rustic and urbane features. You won’t see any skyscrapers in this provincial capital of Bali. Throughout the Denpasar area you will see modern and traditional establishments in coexistence, and attractions in Denpasar abound through wide open areas and along busy streets.
Many structures such as heroic figure monuments and intersections reflect the commemoration of the people's struggle against colonisation, as well as to highlight artistic and cultural atrributes. Start your trip from the heart of the city as a lot of these places are just a stroll away from one another.
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- Private Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple with Dinner
- Kintamani Volcano, Ubud & Barong Dance Performance
- Whitewater Rafting on the Ayung River
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Private East Coast Tour
- Bali Hai Dolphin Cruise
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
All Attractions in Denpasar
Bajra Sandhi Monument
Exhibits shown on the Madyaning Utama Mandala (second floor) of The Bajra Sandhi Monument explain the Balinese people's struggle from 3,000 BC to 1975. On the Nistaning Utama Mandala (ground floor) you'll see 17 steps at the main gate, eight majestic pillars inside the monument building, and the 45m high monument symbolising Indonesia proclaiming its independence on 17 August 1945.
On sunny days visitors can enjoy the city’s panorama from its Utamaning Utama Mandala (third floor). It was built in 1987, and inaugurated in 2003 by the then Indonesian President, Megawati Soekarno Putri, to honour both national and Balinese heroes, as well as to preserve Bali's distinctive culture.
- Opening Hours: everyday, 08:30 – 16:30
- Location: In the middle of Niti Mandala Renon Square
Bali Sharks just off Serangan Island let's you swim with sharks! Also known as The Serangan Shark Project, Bali Sharks takes you to purpose-built nursery pontoons to get up close with over a dozen black tip reef sharks. The activity also carries a noble mission, namely to educate, spread awareness and better understand the species.
The Bali Sharks project was founded by Hawaii-grown surfer Paul Friese, a conservationist committed to these apex predators. He collaborated with reformed poaching fishermen back in 2011, which led to more sharks being kept in the nursery, some brought in live by fishermen who benefitted more than killing and selling them to the market. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 21:00
- Location: Agus Bar & Restaurant, Serangan Island, South Denpasar
- Address: Jalan Tukad Punggawa, Serangan Island
- Tel: +62 (0)361 996 510 1
Desa Budaya Kertalangu
Kertalangu Cultural Village is an 82-hectare recreational site where you can enjoy a traditional eco-friendly rural life experience even though it is only about five kilometres from downtown Denpasar. It is run along a Community Development concept with about 200 farmers who are also the landowners of the surrounding rice fields.
Along the four-kilometre long and two-metre wide cemented jogging track meandering through the paddies, you will find freshly harvested vegetables for sale and sometimes you are even allowed to join in the cultivation.
Nine fishing ponds are also ready for use. Here, the production process of spa products and handicraft goods sold in the shop can be observed. A meeting room, an open-air restaurant with a stage and a sound system for performed-on-request cultural performances, and on-site spa training complete the attractions.
- Location: Kesiman Kertalangu, Padanggalak, East Denpasar
- Address: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai No 88X, Tohpati, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 461 727
Lapangan Puputan Badung
Lapangan Puputan Badung or Puputan Badung Square, in the heart of Denpasar, features a large grass field with lots of shady trees where a zero marker is located, indicating the city’s central point.
It is a perfect spot in the middle of the hustle bustle of town to jog, meditate, practice yoga, play soccer or volleyball, practice martial arts and much more. Playing chess on an approximately 4sqm board with 50 to 100cm-tall chessmen is also an option. You will sometimes find cultural performances here, as well religious celebrations.
Here, a statue of a man, woman and child proudly stands to commemorate the heroic spirit of the Balinese people against the Dutch colonials in the battle that took place in 1906. The word puputan means ‘to the end’.
- Location: Jalan Mayor Wisnu, Denpasar
Lapangan Niti Mandala Renon
Renon (Niti Mandala) square is another green recreational spot in the city and is generally busy most early evenings with locals engaging in sporting activities. Its outer ring is popular for jogging; locals are sometimes accompanied by their dogs. Youngsters also make use of the park as a hang-out place. The Bajra Sandhi Monument is located at the centre of the square.
- Location: South Denpasar
Lukisan Sidik Jari Museum
‘Lukisan’ means paintings and ‘sidik jari’ means fingerprints. This art museum displays about 200 works of Ngurah Gede Pemecutan, an Indonesian artist, which are mostly characterized by the application of paint in strokes of his fingers.
In the first room, you will find his creations before he invented the unique technique in 1967 when painting ‘Tari Baris’. The focal finger mark painting exhibits are placed in the other two rooms of this 1,792sqm large gallery.
The area has an open pavilion that can be used for free and provides painting and dancing classes by professionals. It was first open to the public on 4 July 1995, on his birthday.
- Opening Hours: Weekdays, 09:00 – 16:00
- Location: Jalan Hayam Wuruk
The Bali Provincial Public Museum, or simply referred to as the Bali Museum, is the oldest on the island with up to 10,506 exhibits. Built in traditional Balinese royal style, the 2,600sqm area is divided into the jaba pisan(outside area), jaba tengah(courtyard), and jeroan(central area).
The jeroancomprises three gedungs(pavilions) named after regencies in Bali, Tabanan, Karangasem, and Buleleng and houses a collection of art and ethnography, ancient inscriptions, ceramics, porcelain statues, household items, agricultural tools, weapons, ritual tools, paintings, wayang kulit(shadow puppets) and more.
The library, laboratory, pavilions for exhibitions and other historical collections, as well as the employee’s offices at the southern part Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 08:00 – 15:00, Fri 08:00 – 12:30
- Location: Jalan Mayor Wisnu, to the east from Puputan Square, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 222 680
Patung Catur Muka
The Catur Muka (meaning ‘four faces’) statue proudly stands at the crossroads of Gajah Mada, Surapati, Udayana, and Veteran streets. The city’s emblem is famous for its four faces gazing at each cardinal compass point.
The eight-arm granite statue depicts Hindu’s Brahma, the creation deity, which story is narrated in Mahabharata epic. Equipped with colourful lights, it is best to be seen after dark as the mystical feeling of it staring into your eyes adds to its beauty.
- Location: Denpasar centre, near the mayor’s office
Pelaga Agro Tourism
Pelaga Agro Tourism is Bali’s major agro tourism region, located around the hillsides of the Petang Village in the district of Pelaga, Badung regency, at 730 metres above sea level. The agro tourism site is easily reached with a two-hour drive, approximately 45km north of Denpasar, the provincial capital.
This region offers vast plantations, highlighting the agricultural processes of seeding, planting and harvesting of various varieties of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. With scenic hillsides, the region also offers a cooler highland climate that makes for a refreshing retreat from the sultry southern coasts.
- Location: Jalan Raya Puncak Mangu, Pelaga Village, Petang, Badung
- Tel: +62 (0)361 745 0031
Pura Agung Jagatnatha
Agung Jagatnatha Temple is said to be the first Jagatnatha temple on the island and the biggest Hindu temple in the city. It becomes busy with masses of devotees at the time of Purnama (full moon) and Tilem (dark moon).
Made of white coral and encircled by a lotus moat with thousands of fish, the five-level Padmasana (shrine) at the centre makes this temple instantly recognisable. Hindu epics, gods and goddesses are illustrated in carvings on the gallery’s outer wall.
Wearing a sarong and sash is mandatory here but can be hired at the entrance. It was built in 1953 on the east side of Puputan Square next to the Bali Museum and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, the Hindu Godhead.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 18:00, 24 hours for prayers
- Location: Jalan Mayor Wisnu
- Remarks: Free entrance, although a donation is expected
Pura Maospahit Gerenceng
Located approximately 950 metres to the west from the Catur Muka Statue is another Maospahit temple founded during the time of the Majapahit Empire. Apart from its significant brick design, the four terracotta and two dwarapala figures of different deities at Gedong and Gedong kemimitan and reliefs are its main attractions.
On the left and the right side of Candi Bentar (a split gate) are the reliefs of Garuda (an Indonesian mystical bird) and Bima (an incarnation of a diety), while Candi Kurung (a covered gate) features decorations resembling the head of a bird and an epical mask. The main entrance is only opened during festival and ceremonial times. Other entrances can be found by tracing the narrow lane, Gang III, although not always open.
- Location: Jalan Dr. Sutomo, Banjar Panji Gede Desa Pemecutan Kaja
Pura Tambangan Badung
Pura Tambangan Badung is located in the centre of Denpasar, near the banjar meeting hall of Pemedilan, Pemecutan. The temple is located adjacent the bustling traditional market of Pemedilan, along Jalan Gunung Batur.
The historical site had stood in existence long before the Anglurah Pemecutan of the Peceutan dynasty rose to power. It had undergone series of expansions in the past and the current caretaker being the royal family of the Puri Agung Pemecutan.
Covering a total land area of two hectares, the Pura Tambangan Badung is divided into three mandalas with the most number of shrines being in the utama mandala or the main circle. At the first mandala near the front facing the morning market, two cannons designated as gora and gori adorn the outermost temple gate.
- Location: Jalan Gunung Batur, Denpasar. Adjacent the Pemedilan traditional market
- How to get there: Head straight after the Puri Pemecutan royal palace and westward from the intersection onto Jalan Gunung Batur
Pura Maospahit Tonja
The main feature of Maospahit Temple in Tonja village, two and a half kilometres from the city centre, is its archeological value. Its structures are similar to other Hindu temples both in Bali and East Java, with thatched-roof, monument-like gedongs, padmasana images, and more.
Step into the jeroan (inside area) and you’ll find articles dating both from prehistory and the fourth to the 15th centuries when the Majapahit Empire ruled. The stone tables made of tuff breccias and black monolith and stone troughs are not found in other island temples.
There are Prasada (the main structure of a temple) with porcelain plates and bowls that were common for palatial buildings and cemeteries in the early stages of Islam development, and a small pool believed by locals to be a bathing place for nymphs. The name is derived from Bhatara Maospahit, a Balinese divinity.
- Location: Banjar Tatasan Kelod, Kelurahan Tonja, North Denpasar
Puri Agung Jro Kuta
Traditional Balinese palatial architecture is the main attribute of the Jro Kuta Palace. It's Pemerajan Agung major temple is common in Balinese palatial complexes and, a Pekandelan hall also functions as a fortress. It is located about 300 metres away from the Badung and Kumbasari markets.
- Location: Jalan Kumbakarna, Denpasar (100 metres from Pura Maospahit Gerenceng)
Located nearby Petilan Temple, Kesiman Palace boasts the traditional architecture of its royal family’s mansion and temple. It’s also a tradition that when locals hold a feast, they sometimes come and bring food donations here.
- Location: Jalan W.R. Supratman
Pemecutan Palace is open to the public and is the domicile of Sang Raja Ida Cokorda Pemecutan, the modern king of Pemecutan Denpasar, and his relatives. It features one complete set of traditional gamelan, traditional Balinese palatial architecture, and a pemerajan agung (family temple). You may also learn more about the city’s long history here. It is only 200 metres away from Lapangan Puputan and was built in the 16th century.
- Location: Jalan Thamrin no. 2, close to Pasar Badung and Kumbasari
About 300 metres to the north of Lapangan Puputan, lies the Satria Palace. Traditional entertainment performances are staged during its anniversary celebration every 210 days (according to the Balinese calendar), although they can also be put on anytime depending on availability. You will find a collection of keris (Indonesian traditional daggers) used in the 1906 Battle of Puputan and unique a ‘pendopo’ (open pavilion) where the past Kings of Bali held meetings. The palatial complex was rebuilt in 1930.
- Location: Jalan Veteran
Sakenan Temple or ‘Pura Sakenan’ as referred to by locals, is an important temple in the southern region of Bali, perched on the north-western shore of Serangan Island, a small island located 10km south of Denpasar.
Once strong for its unique feature of pilgrimages during the 210-day piodalan temple anniversary celebrations with processions leading to the Serangan Island on foot or by traditional wooden boats, reclamations in the 90s have changed the ways, as well as the natural landscape of the island. Read More...
- Location: south Denpasar, into the road opposite LotteMart on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai from Sanur
Serangan is a small island located 10km south of Denpasar and is the nearest island to Bali. Often referred to by the moniker ‘turtle island’, Serangan was a frequent nesting ground for green sea turtles. This has drastically changed over the years, and consumption of turtle meat as well as the use of sea turtles in ceremonies is now a tale of the past.
Serangan Island is the site of Sakenan Temple, located on the westernmost edge of the island. Reclamations in the 90s have led to a drastic change of pilgrims’ and locals’ ways, as well as the natural landscape of the island. Once a separate land mass only Read More...
- Location: South Denpasar, into the road from opposite LotteMart on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai from Sanur
Taman Hutan Raya Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest
Taman Hutan Raya Ngurah Rai, or simply referred to as Denpasar Mangrove Forest, is situated in the middle of Bali's busy main tourism areas, offering an ecotourism highlight that is away from the crowds with no other sound than that of nature and chirping birds. The forest covers 1,375ha of land with 200ha utilised for recreational facilities.
Here, you can enjoy green panoramas of coastal plants, found only in tropical and subtropical environments, while strolling along the wooden 1.4km wooden tracks a metre above the water leading out to the sea. Educational tours are also optional.
The forest has several shelters, two 25m-tall towers for observing activities, and a fishing area. Being a haven for exotic birds and wild fauna such as fish, crabs, and giant lizards is also one of the mangrove forest's main functions.
- Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, South Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 720 063
- How to get there: Approach Kuta from Sanur along Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai. A signboard to the left heads south from the main road.
Taman Kupu-Kupu Bali or Bali Butterfly Park is a butterfly and insect conservation facility which exhibits a wide range of specimens through its park grounds of approximately 3,000sqm located in the village of Wanasari, 6.5km north of the Tabanan regency’s capital and 30km northwest of Denpasar. The park claims to be the largest of its kind in Asia. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
- Location: Jalan Batukaru, Sandan Lebah, Wanasari, Tabanan
- Tel: +62 (0)361 894 0595
Taman Werdhi Budaya (Arts Centre)
Set on five hectares, Bali Arts Centre exhibits culture from all over the island. The complex is divided into four areas with an east-to-west river flowing through it. The Komplek Suci (holy area) consists of Taman Beji Temple and a couple of bales. Widya Kusuma library lies in the Komplek Tenang (quiet area).
Classical and modern paintings, sculptures, Barongs, dance costumes, and other unique Balinese craftworks are exhibited in the buildings within the Komplek Setengah Ramai (slightly noisy area) where Mahudara Giri Bhuwana Art Exhibition building, Kriya building, Sculpture Studio, Painting Studio, and others stand.
Last but not least, there is the Komplek Ramai (noisy area) with its Ardhacandra open-stage, Ksirarnawa covered stage, meeting room, cafeteria and more. It is also the home of the colourful annual Bali Arts Festival that takes place from the middle of June to the middle of July.
- Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 08:00 – 14:00, Friday to Sunday: 08:00 – 12:00, closed on public holidays
- Location: Jalan Nusa Indah, East Denpasar
Upside Down World Bali adds to the growing list of fun indoor activities on the island, where you can enter seven specially designed rooms whose décor and furniture are simply, and deliberately, the wrong way up. It is where you can enjoy a fun day out with your partner or friends and strike many whacky poses, only to end up as gravity-defying stunts in photos. Selfie sticks don’t really work here… but don’t worry, friendly staff are on standby to help you with that. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Address: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai No. 726, Pemogan, Denpasar
- Tel: +62 (0)361 847 3053
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/UpsideDownWorldIndonesia