From top left, clockwise: Puputan Monument, Bajra Sandhi Monument, Sanur Beach, Pura Jagatnatha
|Motto: Puradhipa Bhara Bhavana
(The Capital Supports The Country)
Location in Bali
|• Mayor||I.B. Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra|
|• Total||123.98 km2 (47.87 sq mi)|
|Elevation||4 m (13 ft)|
|• Density||6,700/km2 (17,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||WITA (UTC+8)|
|Area code(s)||+62 361|
Denpasar (Indonesian: Kota Denpasar, Indonesian pronunciation: [dənˈpasar]) is the capital and the most populous city of the Indonesian province of Bali. Situated on the island of Bali, it is known worldwide as a major tourist destination, and is the main gateway to Bali. The city is also a hub for other cities in the Lesser Sunda Islands.
With the rapid growth of the tourism industry in Bali, Denpasar has encouraged and promoted business activities and ventures, contributing to it having the highest growth rate in Bali Province. The population of Denpasar was 834,881 in 2012, up from 788,445 at the 2010 Census. The surrounding metropolitan area has roughly 2 million residents. The municipality's area extent, population, and density are similar to San Francisco.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demography
- 5 Administration
- 6 Economy
- 7 Tourism
- 8 Education
- 9 Transportation
- 10 Sport
- 11 Culture
- 12 Sister cities
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The name Denpasar - from the Balinese words "den", meaning north, and "pasar", meaning market - indicates the city's origins as a market-town, on the site of what is now Kumbasari Market (formerly "Peken Payuk"), in the northern part of the modern city.
Denpasar was the capital of the Kingdom of Badung. The royal palace was looted and razed during the Dutch intervention in Bali (1906). A statue in Taman Puputan (Denpasar's central square) commemorates the 1906 Puputan, in which as many as a thousand Balinese, including the Raja and his court, committed mass suicide in front of invading Dutch troops, rather than submit to them.
Both Denpasar and Badung Regency have experienced rapid physical, economic, social and cultural growth. Denpasar has become not only the seat of government, but also the centre of commerce, education, industry, and tourism.
Average population growth of 4.05% per annum, accompanied by rapid development, led to a variety of urban problems. It was resolved that meeting the needs and demands of the burgeoning urban community would best be addressed by giving Denpasar administrative independence from Badung Regency. Agreement was reached to raise the status of Denpasar to that of an autonomous City, and on 15 January 1992, Act No. 1 of 1992 officially established the City of Denpasar. It was inaugurated by the Minister of Home Affairs on 27 February 1992.
Denpasar is located at a height of 0-75 mdpl. While the total area of 127.78 km² or 2.18% of the total area of Bali Province. From the use of land, 2768 hectares of land are paddy, 10,001 hectares is dry land and the remaining land area of 9 hectares is another.
Badung River is one river that divides Denpasar, the river empties into the Gulf of Benoa.
Denpasar, located just south of the equator, has a tropical wet and dry climate (Köppen climate classification Aw), with hot and humid weather. Due to this there is little temperature change throughout the year. Unlike many cities outside Indonesia with this climate, there is very little seasonal temperature change, with temperatures averaging about 28 degrees Celsius. The year is divided into two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season lasts roughly from November to April, while the dry season lasts from May to October. The temperatures are not extreme, but the heat, combined with the oppressive humidity and copious precipitation, makes the climate very uncomfortable at times.
|Climate data for Denpasar|
|Average high °C (°F)||33.0
|Average low °C (°F)||24.1
|Precipitation mm (inches)||345
|Source: World Meteorological Organisation|
The city's population was counted as 788,445 in 2010, up from 533,252 in the previous decade. The provincial website lists the June 2012 population at 834,881.
Denpasar's population grew about 4% per year in the period from 2000 to 2010, Denpasar grew much faster from 2005 to 2010 than in the previous five years. The lingering effects of the 2002 Bali bombings had a major depressive effect on tourism, jobs, and immigration from other islands. However, if current trends continue, Denpasar is expected to easily surpass a million residents by the next census. There are about 4.57% more men than women in Denpasar.
Administratively, the city government consists of 4 districts, subdivided into 43 sub-districts with 209 villages. Currently the City of Denpasar has developed numerous innovations to improve service to the people, in the residence administration began to fix the system.
- Denpasar Selatan (South Denpasar) 244,851
- Denpasar Timur (East Denpasar) 138,404
- Denpasar Barat (West Denpasar) 229,435
- Denpasar Utara (North Denpasar) 175,899
Greater Denpasar spills out into the tourist regions, including Kuta and Ubud. The continuous built-up area includes nearly all of Badung Regency (except Petang District), all but one of Gianyar Regency (Payangan District). Indonesia defined Metropolitan Denpasar as Sarbagita an acronym for Denpa"Sar"+"BA"dung+"GI"anyar+"TA"banan, with Presidential Regulation Number 45 Year 2011, despite Tabanan just beginning to succumb to urban sprawl. See also List of metropolitan areas in Indonesia.
density (per km2)
Also boosting the economy of Denpasar is the production of craft items such as souvenir carvings and sculpture. The craft industry, however, is experiencing stress, due to the impact of global financial crises and competition from other Asian developing countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, India, Malaysia and China. These competitor countries maximize the scale of production by utilizing industrial technology, while at Denpasar the craft industry remains focused on traditional skills and hand-made goods, limiting the quantity of production.
Denpasar has various attractions. The white sandy beaches are well-known all over the island. The surfing beach is Serangan Island. Sanur beach has calmer waters and is excellent for sunbathing and kitesurfing.
Ten minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport lies the town of Kuta. Kuta is where most of the hotels, restaurants, malls, cafes, marketplaces, and spas that cater to tourists are located. In the Denpasar area, all kinds of Balinese handicrafts are represented in local shops. These include artwork, pottery, textiles, and silver.
Denpasar has several major universities and institutions. Some of them are
- Udayana University
- Universitas Mahasaraswati Denpasar with six faculties 
- Warmadewa University
- Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar
Means of transport in the city of Denpasar, especially for urban transportation is starting to be ineffective and inefficient, until the year 2010 only 30% are still in operation, along with the lack of interest people to use public transport services, which estimated that only about 3% of the total population. While the growth of private vehicle ownership continues to increase to 11% per year, and is not comparable with the construction of new roads. So there is congestion in the city of Denpasar is unavoidable.
Since August 2011 a bus system is launched step by step. Up to date two main routes and some feeder lines are operated daily from 5 a.m. til 9 p.m. The service has no own tracks and is stuck in the same congestions it should ease. In 2012 an average 2.800 passengers per day used the service.
Within a few weeks two mayor improvements of the road system were accomplished recently. In August 2013 the underpass at the Dewa Ruci intersection was opened. Its slightly beyond the bounds of Denpasar but was co-financed by the town because of the expected positive effects on traffic in Denpasar.
Then a four track toll road was opened on 1 October 2013, connecting Benoa Harbor, Ngurah Rai Airport and Nusa Dua.
While arts and culture in the city of Denpasar largely synonymous with art and culture in general, although here there has been a mix of interaction with other cultures along with the arrival of tourists from all walks of life. But traditional values inspired by Hindu religious rituals still strong coloring of this city.
Role of Traditional Bali is still rooted in the city of Denpasar, Bali Adat may include, values, norms and behavior in society in general on kinship systems patrilineal . However, over time some of the customary laws began disputed by the people, especially in matters of gender and inheritance.
The Bali Museum features Balinese art and history. It is located near the site of the former royal palace of Denpasar, which was destroyed in a fire during the Dutch intervention in Bali (1906). The museum is built in Balinese house style. There are four main buildings inside the museum, with their specialization in each building.
Bali Museum, inside courtyards and gates, seen from the belvedere
Denpasar is twinned with:
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- Wikipedia article, Mangupura; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangupura
- I.B. Kade Sugirawan, Kondisi Ekologi Perairan Muara Sungai Badung di Teluk Benoa Ditinjau dari Parameter Fisika, Kimia, dan Biologi, Skripsi, Institut Pertanian Bogor, 1992.
- "World Weather Information Service – Denpasar". June 2012.
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- Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
- "Kerja Sama Kunci Terwujudnya Perpres Rencana Tata Ruang Kawasan Perkotaan". BKPRN. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- "Motivasi Kerja Perempuan Bali pada Hotel Berbintang di Kota Denpasar". LIPI. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
- Anjaiah, Veeramalla. "Indian firm to manage Bali airport operations". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- "Benoa - Bali". PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (PERSERO). Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- Ni Nyoman Murniasih, Evaluasi Kinerja Pelayanan Aangkutan Kota Denpasar Ditinjau Dari Pihak Operator, Skripsi, Institut Teknologi Bandung, 2005
- "Angkot di Denpasar Mati Suri". Bali Post. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- "Perseden Denpasar Tembus Babak Semifinal". KONI. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- Profil daerah kabupaten dan kota, Volume 2, Penerbit Buku Kompas, 2001, ISBN 979-709-054-X.
- Mery Wanyi Rihi, Kedudukan Anak Angkat Menurut Hukum Waris Adat Bali (Studi Kasus Di Kelurahan Sesetan, Kecamatan Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar dan Pengadilan Negeri Denpasar), Tesis, Universitas Diponegoro, 2006
- Bali and Lombok, pp. 62–62.
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