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Best Attraction in Denpasar

Best Places to See in Denpasar


Attractions in Denpasar (Bali's provincial capital), include several sites of historical and cultural significance, such as the Sakenan Temple on the island of Serangan, and the Jagatnatha Temple that is adjacent to town’s public museum. Denpasar offers a blend of rustic touches and urbane features that make it a unique place to visit on your Bali holiday.

In the centre of Denpasar you will find a rather bustling scene, but if you travel to its outer fringes there is a more laidback natural vibe, and comfortable areas to behold, such as the mangrove forest in southern Denpasar and the Kertalangu Cultural Village in the northeast. You can enjoy a day trip starting from the heart of the city with many of these sites a short distance apart. Here are the best attractions to see in Denpasar and around town.

Turtle Conservation and Education Centre

Serangan Island is located in south Denpasar, connected to the mainland by a small road. Once a breeding ground for sea turtles, which were a traditional commodity among the Balinese in the distant past, now has an education and conservation site set out to breed and protect the species. The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC) serves as a hatchery, nursery and sanctuary for sea turtles that are accidentally caught by fishermen in the near waters and around the island. This educational centre is open for the public and is great for kids who wish to see and get to know about these creatures up close. A shelter houses several pools where turtles are kept according to age and size, and species, and are supervised by a team who also provide information and are happy to show you around the pens.

Next door is a small stall selling snacks and refreshments, as well as turtle-inspired shirts and merchandise.

Sakenan Temple

Sakenan Temple referred to locally as ‘Pura Sakenan’, is one of the most important temples in South Bali. The temple is located on Serangan Island. Before the reclamations and the road that connects it to the Bali mainland was built, a unique highlight during the ‘piodalan’ temple anniversaries was the throng of pilgrims that walked over the mangrove marshes at low tide or crossing over the calm waters aboard traditional wooden boats – all in their colourful attire while bringing colourful boxes of offerings.

The temple consists of two main temple complexes, each featuring old coral stones that were used in history in place of bricks. Sakenan Temple’s anniversary coincides with the day of Kuningan, a week after Galungan, a major observance in Bali.

Bali Provincial Public Museum

The Bali Provincial Public Museum, locally known as ‘Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali’, is located right next to the mayor’s office and the Puputan Badung civic square (otherwise known as Lapangan Puputan Badung I Gusti Ngurah Made Agung). The museum is the oldest on the island and houses over 10,000 exhibits. The main structure of the museum showcases amazing Balinese architecture, and its location site, as well as the adjacent square was the historical site of the Badung War in 1906 when the Dutch invaded Denpasar.

Step inside and you will find three separate pavilions named after Bali’s regencies: Tabanan, Karangasem, and Buleleng. Each 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.

Bajra Sandhi Monument

The Bajra Sandhi Monument is the centrepiece of the vast civic square known as Lapangan Niti Mandala Renon, which is right at front of the governor's office. The monument actually houses a diorama gallery on its second floor, which exhibits a glimpse into Balinese history dating back to 3,000 BC and up to the people’s struggle against the Dutch during the fight for Indonesian Independence. It also features stunning Balinese architecture in its exteriors.

Surrounded by tall trees and well-kept gardens, this majestic landmark is a favourite photo location, as well as a weekend recreational site among local residents. On sunny days visitors can enjoy the cityscape of Denpasar from the Utamaning Utama Mandala section on the third floor. 

Desa Budaya Kertalangu Cultural Village

Desa Budaya Kertalangu, or the ‘cultural village of Kertalangu’, offers an expansive recreational site on the eastern outskirts of Denpasar, with green paddies, outdoor activity centre, spas, various restaurants, shops and a freshwater fishing arena. The ‘village’ covers 80 hectares and features pathways through tenants that occupy their own unique enclosures, from traditional wooden houses to straw huts.

In the centre is a world peace monument in well manicured gardens featuring sculptures of world figures. Among the activities on offer here are horse riding, woodcarving, traditional Balinese dancing lessons and painting. A convenience store and souvenir shop is located near the entrance, offering items at attractive prices.

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