Denpasar is the capital of the Indonesian island of Bali. It is a richly diverse city where cultures from all over the region reside, thus creating a backdrop where all types of food, arts, and history are evident. Though some may attest that it doesn’t have much to offer tourists it is filled with great museums, beautiful temples, and ornate palaces. Acclaimed as a wonderful city to explore by foot, Kota Denpasar is also well-known for its friendly locals who are happy to offer advice on what to see, where to eat, and things to do.
If you’re traveling to Denpasar to get a look at Uluwatu and many other temples, you will not be disappointed. As the capital of Bali, Denpasar proves worthy as a cultural hub and a great place to visit some of the many beautiful Indonesian temples. Uluwatu is easily the most famous, attracting thousands annually to its showy location. Kota Denpasar’s royal family keeps the Palace of Satria and the Royal Temples immaculate and offers the public a place to worship and admire the many exquisite carvings within. Pura Agung Jagatnata is a temple and government owned building constructed in 1953 and a local center for twice-monthly festivals: one at dark moon and one at full moon. The 14th century temple Pura Maospahit is another must-see attraction.
The Bali Art Festival is one of the top attractions on the island and an important festival of Indonesia. It is a full month and features a huge array of exhibits. It is one of the biggest and best events in the country. The creative and cultural diversity of Denpasar is celebrated with fervor during Denfest, or the Denpasar Festival. Balinese food, traditional dancing, and more are part of the festivities. Sanur Village Festival is an event created to attract tourists from all over the region. Each year a new theme is featured such as adventure, water-based activities, arts, and more.
Denpasar is an excellent city to visit for a several days yet not many tourists, aside from business travelers, tend to stay overnight. Still, there are many solid lodging options, from low-budget rooms to a few high-end hotels. Inexpensive hotels and inns tend to be located in Kota Denpasar areas just a short walk from the central district and provide both clean sleeping conditions and even some charm. In the mid-range area the locations are even better and accommodate guests with simple yet clean lodging. A hotel and spa, beach hotel, and conference center comprise the top three options in luxury accommodation.
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