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Denpasar is the capital city of Bali. It is the main gateway to the island and is also a hub for other cities in the Lesser Sunda Islands. Denpasar has the highest growth rate in Bali, with around 2 million residents. The city is known for its many historical sites, shopping stores, and temples.
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Key Facts & Information
- The name of Denpasar derives from the Balinese words “den” and “pasar”. “Den” means north, and “pasar” means market. The name portrays Denpasar’s origin as the ‘market city’, where people came to trade.
- The historical background of Denpasar is divided into two eras: the colonial era (before 1945) and independence era (after 1945).
- Denpasar started from the King’s favorite garden area. The King, named Kyai Jambe Ksatrya, who ruled Badung at that time used the garden for his hobby of holding sabung ayam, or cockfighting tournaments.
- In 1788, Denpasar was officially registered as a town. It was established by I Gusti Ngurah Made Pemecutan.
- In the 18th and 19th centuries, Denpasar functioned as the capital of Badung Kingdom, part of Hindu Majapahit Kingdom.
- On September 14, 1906, the Dutch arrived in Denpasar to seize control of the Badung Kingdom. They arrived at the northern part of Sanur beach.
- The Dutch military raids of the royal palace caused thousand royal members, including the King and his court, to commit mass suicide in front of the Dutch troops. After the Kingdom’s defeat, Denpasar was under Dutch control until the declaration of Indonesia’s independence.
- After Indonesia gained independence in 1945, Denpasar became the centre of government operations for Bali province. It remained the administrative centre for Badung regency and Denpasar city itself.
- On January 15th, 1992, The Law Number 1 of 1992 raised the status of Denpasar as an autonomous city. On 2009, the capital of Badung regency shifted from Denpasar to Mangupura.
GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
- Denpasar has an average elevation of 4 m (13 ft) above sea level. Its total area covers 127.78 km² or 2.18% of the total area of Bali province.
- Most of the land is used as paddy fields and dry land. Denpasar is divided by Badung River, which flows down into the Gulf of Benoa.
- Like most cities in Indonesia, Denpasar has a tropical wet and dry climate. The wet season lasts from November to April, and the dry season from May to October.
- Although temperatures in Denpasar are not extreme, it can be very uncomfortable due to the high precipitation and humidity.
- The development of the tourist industry has contributed significantly to Denpasar’s economic growth. Trade, hotels, and restaurants have had a substantial impact on improving the city’s gross regional domestic product.
- Along with the tourist industry, Denpasar produces many craft items, such as souvenirs and sculptures. The uniqueness of Denpasar’s craft industry lies in its traditional crafting process and handmade goods.
HIGHLIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS
- Denpasar has various attractions, from beaches, gardens, and temples, to museums and art galleries.
- For natural attractions, Denpasar has Serangan Beach and Sanur Beach. Both beaches have white sand and crystal clear water. Visitors can do water sports such as jet skiing or parasailing. Serangan Beach also has a turtle conservation center, where people can learn more about turtles’ lifecycle.
- For those who like to jog and walk, Taman Puputan is a great place to visit. Located in the center of Denpasar, Taman Puputan is a garden which offers a large outdoor space surrounded by trees and plants. It has its own jogging track, football fields, and fitness equipment.
- For man-made attractions, Denpasar has lots of temples, museums, and art galleries. Pura Tirta Empul is a famous temple complex which has a holy mountain spring. Many visitors come to the temple to take a bath in the spring as a purification ritual process to cleanse the body of sin.
- Families with children can take funny and exciting pictures in the Upside Down World, I AM Bali – 3D Museum, and World of Magic. There are unique exhibitions with involve optical illusions, 3D paintings, and much more.
- For shopping, art lovers can visit many galleries in the main streets of Denpasar. They usually sell traditional paintings, arts, and crafts, as well as home decorations. MÉTIS Gallery & Boutiques, CushCush Gallery, and Batik Popiler are some of the stores which have received good reviews on travel website for their products.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
- Unlike other provinces in Indonesia, the majority of people who live in Denpasar are Hindus, followed by Christians, Buddhists, and Confucianists. Islam is the minority religion in Denpasar.
- Denpasar’s airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport, named after the famous local hero in Bali who fought colonization. The airport is one of the busiest airports in Indonesia.
- Denpasar still has a deeply rooted traditional Balinese culture. Across the city, it is common to find Hindu temples and sesajen or ritual offerings scattered across the street.
- The people of Denpasar, like all Balinese people, celebrate Nyepi, or ‘Silence Day’, every year. During Nyepi, no activities are allowed in Denpasar. All stores are closed, and everyone must stay at home.
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