Denpasar (Indonesian
Indonesian language
Indonesian is the official language of Indonesia. Indonesian is a normative form of the Riau Islands dialect of Malay, an Austronesian language which has been used as a lingua franca in the Indonesian archipelago for centuries....

: Kota Denpasar) is the capital city of the province of Bali
Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east...

, Indonesia
Indonesia , officially the Republic of Indonesia , is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 13,000 islands. It has 33 provinces with over 238 million people, and is the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia is a republic, with an...

. It has a rapidly expanding population of 788,445 in 2010, up from 533,252 in the previous decade. It is located at 8°39′S 115°13′E.


Denpasar was the capital of the kingdom of Badung. It was conquered by the Dutch during the Dutch intervention in Bali (1906). The royal palace was looted and razed by the Dutch, leaving today's central square "Taman Puputan" in which a statue to the 1906 Puputan
Puputan is a Balinese term that refers to a mass ritual suicide in preference to facing the humiliation of surrender. Notable puputans occurred in 1906 and 1908 when the Balinese were being subjugated by the Dutch.- 1906 Badung puputan :...

 can be seen.


Denpasar has various attractions. The white sandy beaches are well-known all over the island. Some of the surfing beaches are Kuta
Kuta is administratively a district and subdistrict/village in southern Bali, Indonesia. A former fishing village, it was one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development, and as a beach resort remains one of Indonesia's major tourist destinations...

 Beach, Legian Beach and Canggu Beach. Sanur beach has calmer waters and is excellent for sunbathing.

Ten minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport lies the town of Kuta. Kuta is where most of the hotels, restaurants, malls, cafes, marketplaces, and spas that cater to tourists are located. In the Denpasar area, all kinds of Balinese handicrafts are represented in local shops. These include artwork, pottery, textiles, and silver.

Batik is a cloth that traditionally uses a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. Batik or fabrics with the traditional batik patterns are found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, China, Azerbaijan, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, and Singapore.Javanese traditional batik, especially from...

 cloth is sold all over Denpasar. These bright sheets of cloth are as beautiful as they are cheap. Made of pure cotton with glorious patterns, Balinese batik is definitely a good buy. Sometimes batik cloth is made into wearable clothing such as a sarong
A sarong or sarung is a large tube or length of fabric, often wrapped around the waist and worn as a kilt by men and as a skirt by women throughout much of South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, and on many Pacific islands. The fabric most often has woven plaid or...

 or men's shirts. The jewelry district is in a town called Celuk, Gianyar Regency which is 30 minutes away (depending on traffic congestion) from Kuta. Here there are silversmiths' and goldsmiths' shops selling jewellery cheaply.

Its time zone is UTC+8.


June 2011: A resident of Serangan, Denpasar has got the prestigious Kalpataru environmental award for preserve and conserve the environment in Serangan by transplantation coral reef since 2003.

From rice fields to building fields

Rice fields were 5,343 hectares or 41 percent of the city's area in 1992 and dropped to 2,717 hectares of rice fields or 20 percent of the city's area in 2010. It has violated the city building requirement of providing 30 percent of land for open space. Now, Denpasar grows like Jakarta
Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Officially known as the Special Capital Territory of Jakarta, it is located on the northwest coast of Java, has an area of , and a population of 9,580,000. Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political centre...

 with building fields.

See also

  • Waterbom Park and Spa
    Waterbom Park
    Waterbom Park and Spa is a water ride park company that operates in Tuban, Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia. The name was changed to Water Park and Spa after the 2002 Bali bombings due to locals worries, but it was reverted months before the 2005 Bali bombings. The park spans over 3.8 hectares of...

  • Bali Museum
    Bali Museum
    The Bali Museum is a museum of art and history located in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.-Description:The museum was built in 1931 by architect P.J...

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