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Denpasar is the cultural centre and capital of Bali. Characterised by a diverse and young art scene, the city in the south of the Indonesian island will sweep you away with spiritual Hindu temples and countless exhibitions of contemporary and traditional art. Take part in atmospheric full moon festivals, make a pilgrimage to one of the most popular photo spots and stroll through dreamy gardens and parks. Denpasar is Bali in miniature, where history, nature and culture go hand in hand.
An important monument of the Balinese
One of the most important temples of the city
Translates to "land in the middle of the sea."
Come with us on a journey through Bali's cultural and historical past. The Bali Museum is located in the heart of Denpasar, where the magnificent palace once stood. The four buildings are each dedicated to a specific theme. Marvel at archaeological finds, learn about the clothing and fabrics of Balinese peoples, and learn how people made music over the centuries. A visit to the museum also includes a walk through the wild and beautiful gardens that surround the Bali Museum. From a belvedere, you will have the best view of the entire complex.
A few kilometers from the gates of Denpasar, the massive Bajra Sandhi Monument was built in 1987 based on the idea of the "Tri Mandala". The Tri Mandala includes the inner building that rises into the air like a spear, the inner courtyard as well as the green outdoor area that surrounds the Bajra Sandhi in a circle. After a walk through the park, historical exhibitions and 33 dioramas await you in the museum. Here you can learn all about the history of Bali, the struggles against the Dutch colonialists and the advent of Hinduism.
The Big Garden Corner is definitely worth a visit on your Denpasar holiday. It is a lovingly landscaped sculpture garden that includes modern art installations and numerous recreational activities for families. Look forward to tropical plant-lined walkways, life-size representations of Hindu gods and Balinese icons like Barong and Rangda. Replicas of typical Balinese temples illustrate the importance of spirituality and religion in the daily lives of the people. At the same time, the Big Garden Corner is also an open-air gallery for contemporary art such as intricate sculptures made from plastic waste.
It is one of the most important temples of Denpasar: The Pura Agung Jagatnatha is visited daily by countless believers and visitors. It is all the more impressive that this place has kept its calm and balanced atmosphere. Unlike other Balinese temples, Agung Jagatnatha is not regularly restored, but only maintained by volunteers. This gives the temple, built in 1953, a community and identity significance that few other places in Denpasar possess. It's especially worth visiting during the full moon festivals, which take place here twice a month.
Especially at sunset, a magical aura surrounds Pura Tanah Lot, a temple built on a rock in the sea. Tanah Lot translates to "land in the middle of the sea." The worshippers, to whom entry into the temple is reserved, only reach the Hindu temple at low tide. The small sanctuary is revered by all Balinese. The sacred fresh water spring, which is guarded by a priest around the clock, is considered a real specialty. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama from the coast during your Denpasar holiday and experience romantic moments with the setting sun! Less
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