Denpasar, the capital of Bali is also the main gateway to the beautiful island. The name is taken from two Balinese words- “den” and “Pasar” which means north and market. The name refers to the origin of the city which was as a market town. At that site now is the Kumbasari Market, in the north part of the present city. Denpasar attracts the tourist with its beautiful mix of Balinese and modern culture. The city is a major hub that connects many tourist places of Bali such as the cities in the Lesser Sunda Islands.
Tip: Denpasar experiences a tropical wet and dry climate. It has humid and hot weather throughout the year. The best months to visit are from December to January when the weather is cooler.
Getting to Denpasar
Denpasar is served by Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). The international airport is known as Gusti Ngurah Rai International airport named after Gusti Ngurah Rai, a national hero of Bali. The airport is located in Tuban roughly 15 km from Denpasar and is the second-busiest airport in the country.
Several airways and airlines have daily flights from Manila to Denpasar. Direct flights to Denpasar are by Philippine AirAsia and Manila to Denpasar flights usually take approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours. Other options of cheap flights from Manila are by Cebu Pacific Airways, Jetstar Airlines, and Philippine airlines.
Tip: Book tickets in advance when visiting in the peak season of December-January (New Year) and Bali Arts Festival (June/July).
Denpasar is known for its several historical and cultural landmarks. The town has several ancient temples, museums, theme parks, mangrove forests, beaches, and other natural sites. Enjoy the sunrise at the tranquil Sanur Beach. Nearby is the Pura Blanjong Temple known for its architecture. The ancient temple has pillars inscribed with 10th-century inscriptions. Another famous temple Pura Jagatnata is known for its white coral shrine.
Denpasar has several famous museums such as the Bali Museum which has a vast collection of cultural artifacts, traditional costumes, and other religious items. Taman Werdhi Budaya, also known as Denpasar Arts Centre, is a large arts complex that hosts the local arts and cultural events. The complex also houses a Balinese performance school, museum, theatres, and a concert hall. This is the venue for the annual Bali Arts Festival. To see the symbol of local resistance to colonization by Dutch, visit the Bajra Sandhi Monument located in the historical Puputan Square. The Bajra Sandhi Monument there are dioramas and historical collections of the Balinese struggle.
Tip: Enjoy the unique Kecak dance performance any evening at the Denpasar Arts Centre. The amphitheaters of the complex also have other dance and music performances regularly.
Shopping in Denpasar:
Denpasar was originally a market town. The name of the city also refers to that. In fact, it is the best place for shopping in Bali due to its lively markets, trendy boutiques and several departmental; stores. It is also a popular place for shopping as the prices are very reasonable. The city streets are lined with specialized shops selling a certain commodity. Denpasar also has traditional markets that are known for selling local and traditional products. The outskirts of the city have one-stop shopping experiences such as batik boutiques.
Visit the Badung Market to shop for anything local. Bali’s largest traditional market is known for daily product shopping such as homeware, clothing, kitchen utensils, incense, ornamental baskets, etc. Jalan Sulawesi is a popular street market known for its vast variety of clothing and textile shops. To shop for arts and handicraft product visit the Kumbasari Art Market. Most products are made by the local artist community.
Tip: Visit the shops/boutiques on the outskirt of the city to experience one-stop shopping experience. Some boutiques are known for their batik work and they even teach the art or offer batik-making workshops.
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