Denpasar, the capital and the largest city in Bali, is a bristling, multicultural city that boasts of friendly residents, temples, palaces and museums. Even the most world weary shopper will find something to shop for in the markets in the city.
Bali Museum provides visitors a necessary introduction to all things Balinese. The charming architecture of the building welcomes you as you step in to the museum. There are four separate pavilions of which the Northern Pavilion houses artefacts and information about Balinese performing arts, the Southern Pavilion holds textiles and the Central Pavilion is solely devoted to Balinese Hinduism which is notable for its stark dissimilarities with the Indian Hinduism.
Puputan Park is the central park of Denpasar, a bustling center of life. A distinguishing landmark is the huge four-faced, eight-armed Catur Mukha statue. Bajra Sandhi monument in the park represents Indonesian Independence.
Jagatnata Temple is another important attraction of Denpasar. It is dedicated to the Supreme Being, Sanghyang Widi. The shrine of the temple made of coral consists of a white throne that symbolizes heaven on top of a cosmic turtle and two nagas, i.e, mythical snakes which is representative of the foundation. The wall has scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata.
The temples in Denpasar, like most others in Bali, require you to wear a sarong to enter. Unlike other temples in Bali however, Denpasar temples receive lesser tourists and therefore do not hire out sarongs and sashes. Therefore you are recommended to bring these on your own.