Dotted with clifftop temples and lined with white sandy beaches, Denpasar is the cultural centre of Bali. This historic city offers a modern edge complete with shopping malls and entertainment venues alongside bustling local markets and sprawling beaches.
Things to do in Denpasar
Visit the Pura Tirta Empul Segara Merta Sari, one of Bali’s most sacred sites. A peaceful place to wander around, the water garden temple also offers a unique purification ceremony for those who want to go in the water.
In a city known for its charming promenades, you won’t want to miss experiencing Renon Square. Jog along the gorgeous tree-lined pathway, snap a photograph of the towering Bajra Sandhi Monument or lay a blanket down and relax on the broad expanse of lawn space.
Want to learn more about Bali? Head to the Bali Museum to find an informative introduction to Balinese culture through architectural displays spread through four different pavilions. You can browse collections of ancient stone, bronze and wooden artefacts. Admire displays dedicated to Balinese performance art and visit the pavilion devoted to Hinduism and ritual.
Spend an afternoon at the Bali Art Centre, which features fascinating exhibitions showcasing traditional Balinese architecture. Take a tour through artefacts that highlight the city’s history, purchase tickets for a live performance or enjoy strolling the lovely gardens.
Getting around Denpasar
Denpasar is a 30-minute drive from Ubud, Kuta or Seminyak. Ubung is the primary bus terminal in the area for the majority of public transportation, including bemos. The easiest way of getting around is by taxi or motorbike.