Denpasar may at first seem ill-adapted for tourism as it is the capital city and the centre of Bali’s economy, but actually Denpasar is home to several historical, multi-cultural, traditional, and religious gems. There are museums and monuments from the Dutch colonial period and from even more recent years, while temples will surprise you with their allure. Denpasar’s many public facilities hold various public events, whether it’s a big annual happening like the Bali Arts Festival or just a weekly soccer school practice. Have a walk around its two large green squares, although you should be extra careful when crossing the streets as the traffic can get very busy.
Denpasar is the capital of Bali and has two interesting and unique markets, Pasar Badung and Pasar Kumbasari that are spread over a four-story building and trade in the morning and evening have different merchandise. After the markets, continue with the Bali Museum to observe the traditional objects, collection of prehistoric pieces and valuable ancient paintings. Built in 1910 by the Dutchman and destroyed by the largest earthquake in Bali in 1917, the museum was rebuilt in 1931. We will continue with the Bali Art Center, also known as Taman Budaya which is dedicated to the preservation of Balinese culture. To end this half-day trip, visit the Balinese People Memorial, better known as Bajra Sandhi, which was built to commemorate the Balinese heroes who fought against colonial rule.