Denpasar Attractions

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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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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: everyday, 08:30 – 16:30
  • Location: In the middle of Niti Mandala Renon Square
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Bali Sharks Island Eco Adventures

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

  • 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
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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
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I AM Bali 3D Interactive Art Museum

I AM Bali 3D Museum is one of the most fun places to spend a half day out with family and friends in Bali’s provincial capital of Denpasar, particularly if you’re up for some crazy group photos. This fun and interactive art gallery is located right under the city’s major landmark, the Bajra Sandhi Museum in Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 07:00-20:00
  • Location: Bajra Sandhi Museum Ground Floor, Jalan Niti Mandala, Renon, Denpasar
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 474 3569
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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
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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
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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
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Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali - Bali Provincial Public Museum

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 jeroan comprises three gedungs (pavilions) named after

  • 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
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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
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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

  • Location: Jalan Raya Puncak Mangu, Pelaga Village, Petang, Badung
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 745 0031
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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Puri Kesiman

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
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Puri Pemecutan

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
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Puri Satria

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
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Sakenan Temple

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 Read More...

  • Location: south Denpasar, into the road opposite LotteMart on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai from Sanur
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Serangan Beach in Bali

Serangan Beach is a small coastal stretch on the south-eastern shore of Serangan Island in southern Denpasar. Due to its secluded location, this white coral sand beach is often uncrowded as it is slightly off the beaten path for visitors. The beach formed as a result of land reclamation following an ambitious, but controversial, island development project in the late 90s. Now, it’s a favourite for beach lovers looking for an exotic vista. Two other sections to its north play host to Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Pantai Serangan, Serangan Island, South Denpasar 
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Serangan Island

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 Read More...

  • Location: South Denpasar, into the road from opposite LotteMart on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai from Sanur
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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.
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Taman Kupu-Kupu

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
  • Location: Jalan Batukaru, Sandan Lebah, Wanasari, Tabanan
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 894 0595
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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
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Upside Down World Bali

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, Read More...

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