Bajra Sandhi (Bali Monument) 2015.05.12

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Also known as the Monument to the Struggle of the People of Bali, this enormous monument depicts the history of Bali and honors the Hero of the Puputan War. Located in front of the Bali Governor's Office in Renon, an affluent suburb of Denpasar, the monument was the idea of the late Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra who was the former governor of Bali.

He held an architectural competition between 1981 and 1987 to collect the best ideas and it was ultimately the blue print made by Ida Bagus Gede Yadnya on which the monument was built. Construction of the monument took place from 1988 until 2001, and it was officially opened by President Megawati Soekarno Putri on 14 June 2003.

The monument is one of Denpasar's many attractions and is popular with visiting international travelers, domestic tourists and students from local universities and schools.

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Bajra Sandhi is divided into three areas, Utama Mandala (main building), Madya Mandala (courtyard surrounding Utama Mandala), and Nista Mandala (outer courtyard surrounding Madya Mandala).

The main building (Utama Mandala) is further divided into three floors:

Nistaning Utama Mandala

This is the name of the ground floor of the monument which features an information center, library, exhibition room, conference facilities and restrooms.

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Madyaning Utama Mandala

The second floor of the monument features 33 dioramas depicting the history of Bali, starting with the beginning of the Balinese kingdom and the introduction of Hinduism, all the way to present day.

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Utamaning Utama Mandala

After climbing a steep spiral staircase you can access the third floor of the monument from where you can enjoy sweeping views across Denpasar city.

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The park in which Bajra Sandhi is located (called Puputan Margarana) is a popular place where locals come to jog, cycle and do other outdoor activities, while the monument itself is a favorite venue for couples to have pre-wedding and wedding photos taken at.

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A visit to Bajar Sandhi can easily be combined with some of Denpasar's other popular attractions including:

~ Jagatnatha Temple (Pura Jagatnatha)

~ Museum Bali

~ Pasar Badung & Kumbasari Market

~ Bali Art Center

Address Jl. Raya Puputan Niti Mandala
Entrance fee Adult: Rp. 10,000 / Child Rp. 5,000
Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday 10 am - 5 pm



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