Photo: Flowers for offerings at Kumbasari Market.

Sightseeing in Denpasar

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Although Denpasar isn’t a particularly pedestrian friendly city, it offers some cultural rewards for those willing to spend a day wandering its (sometimes) traffic-clogged streets. Most sights are within walking distance of each other, and as well as discovering some of Bali’s heritage, you’ll get a chance to observe modern urban life.





Denpasar’s roads have zebra crossings, however they are mostly just decorative. If you find crossing the busy road daunting, just remember to use your “magic stop hand”—walk slowly, but at a steady pace, with your arm out. The traffic is slow moving, and many streets are one-way (which doesn’t mean much, actually). Most drivers are courteous and will stop for pedestrians, just don’t baulk or stop in the middle of the road.

It's the little details that make exploring Denpasar so fascinating. Photo taken in or around Sightseeing in Denpasar, Denpasar, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

It's the little details that make exploring Denpasar so fascinating. Photo: Sally Arnold

Starting at Museum Bali, allow at least an hour to enjoy the impressive collection and interesting hybrid palace and temple style architecture.

Next door to the museum, Pura Jaganatha is Bali’s relatively modern state temple. Set in a spacious courtyard punctuated with fragrant frangipani trees, the focal point is a towering white five-tiered padmasana (“lotus throne” shrine)—you will see what looks like an empty throne atop the tower, a seat reserved for Sanghyang Widhi Wasa, the supreme deity in the Balinese Hindu cosmos, worshipped here as “The Lord of the Universe”, Jaganatha. Apart from ceremonial days and the full (purnama) and dark moon (tilem), when the courtyard is bustling with worshippers, the temple is usually quiet. Check at the Tourist Information Centre for festival dates. You are required to wear a sarong and sash and cover your shoulders, as well as pay a donation to enter. Sarongs can be hired at the temple entrance. Guides offer their services for about 50,000 rupiah, but do negotiate a firm price before ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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