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Denpasar Travel Guide: 48 reviews and 157 photos

First feel of Balinese cultures in Denpasar

Upon arrival in Ngurah Rai Airport, we were supposed to catch a cab to Ubud but because the fare was too expensive (180,000Rp), we decided that we walked out of the Airport to a small village to catch a bus (called "bemo") to Denpasar, the hub of all public transports in Bali. Arriving Denpasar which was in mid noon, we changed our plans and opt to spend a night in Denpasar to find what Denpasar has to offer. Be surprised, Denpasar deserves at least a day stay ....

Must DO in Denpasar
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1. A snapshot of Catur Muka Statute which is placed strategically at the roundabout in the heart of Denpasar
2. Hang out at Puputan Square - watch activities of the locals
3. Visit Pura Jaganatha and the Museum
4. Taste of Babi Guling in Kereneng Night Market
5. Walk about in the town of Denpasar

Some Facts on Denpasar
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* Capital of Bali
* Denpasar means "next to the market"
* Heavy traffic and lots of government offices and office buildings

Difficult times but there are still Happy children

Watch some happy children in Puputan Square and the daily activities of the locals. It is a cool place to hang out in the evening - at least for that short while you will forget that Bali is going through difficult times...

Rich in cultures and religious people....

Lots of pura ("temples"), old and new. Most of Balinese are Hindus and they are very religious people. Prayers and offerings are made to the various gods in the pura. "Canang" ("offerings to gods") - in the form of a tray or cone made of palm leaves (either young coconut leaves or the palas leaves) or banana leaves and filled with fresh flowers and tidbits(biscuits, sweets or boiled rice), are being offered to gods in the pura and sometimes just placed at the entrance of the houses or shops, usually accompanied by a burning jossstick.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:surprisingly you can still find cheap food and things to do ..
  • Cons:heavy traffic & polluted
  • In a nutshell:yes, it is a City, alright!
  • Last visit to Denpasar: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated May 13, 2006
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  • Dec 7, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Glad u spent time in Denpasar.My grp arrived at the airport & zipped tru the roundabout with 'that big statue' to Ubud. Was a nice ride all the way tru..just hungry.lol.We did wonder how to get to Ubud via other means so I know who to ask now!

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    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Hi Feejin, thanks for your helpful tips and nice pictures. I enjoy going through your pages.

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