aerial view of temple in denpasar

7 Interesting Facts About Denpasar

Denpasar is a city known for its beautiful beaches, temples, rich culture, and delicious food. Although it isn’t the most popular tourist spot in Bali, it’s certainly growing in popularity. And generally, it’s more popular with Balinese people, while most tourists tend to stick to areas like Canggu and Seminyak. But there’s lots to discover about this beautiful city. Here are 7 interesting facts about Denpasar.

Interesting Facts about Denpasar

1. Denpasar is the capital of Bali

Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world. It has an astonishing 17,508 islands and about 6,000 of those are inhabited. The largest island in Indonesia is actually New Guinea, but the most popular and most visited island is undoubtedly Bali. Denpasar is the capital of the Province of Bali, in the southern part of the island.

bajra sandhi monument in denpasar

2. It has the only airport on the island

Despite Bali being such a popular place to visit, it only has one airport. Ngurah Rai International Airport is located in Denpasar and is very well connected to the rest of the world. Plus, it’s very easy to get around Bali, so wherever you’re staying you won’t be far from Denpasar.

Ngurah Rai International Airport near denpasar

3. It’s the centre of commerce, and education, and is the seat of government

Like most capital cities, Denpasar is a hub of commerce, education, and government. With five universities and several governmental buildings, it’s becoming more cosmopolitan by the day. However, while it might be the capital of Bali, it isn’t the capital of tourism.

marketplace in denpasar

4. Rice culture

It is no surprise that Bali has one of the world’s highest rice production per acre of any other place. In Denpasar, 2768 hectares of land are used for rice fields. It’s a massive part of their culture and heritage. Not only is rice intertwined into the culture, but it’s also prevalent in spirituality. Dewi Sri is the Goddess of Rice, honoured in many parts of Indonesia, including Denpasar. It is believed that rice cultivation and harvest are gifts given to the people of Bali, and other parts of Indonesia, as gifts. People, mainly those in agriculture, deliver offerings and worship Dewi Sri to ensure a prosperous and plentiful harvest.

5. Land of two seasons

Denpasar, and the rest of Bali, have two seasons. Wet and dry. The wet season is November to March while the dry season is April to October. However, the average temperature doesn’t really fluctuate across the year, usually sitting at 28 °C. The wet season happens to coincide with the ‘low season’, meaning it’s a less popular time to visit, although some people prefer to visit when there are fewer crowds. If you do visit during this time, you can expect tropical rainstorms, beautifully lush rice fields, and beautiful tropical gardens.

6. Tourism is king

Tourism counts for as much as 80% of Bali’s economy, roughly supporting 58,000 jobs. Sadly, during the entire year of 2021, there were only 51 visits by foreign tourists. Fortunately, tourism is starting to pick up again and the economy is set to grow by 2%.

7. Day of Silence

Bali is a very spiritual place. The Day of Silence falls on March 3rd and is a day of self-reflection and meditation. The whole island comes to a halt – shops close, restaurants close, businesses close. Silence sweeps the whole island, including Denpasar. And Denpasar Airport closes too. The day after, locals and tourists alike head to the village of Setesan in southern Denpasar for the omed-omedan. 

Aleyna Thompson

Aleyna is an appreciator of learning about a culture through its food, whether that's closer to home or being out there in the world. She’s always happiest when experiencing somewhere new, but her base in Manchester is a close second. A blend of her love of writing, food, travel, and culture has naturally led her to travel writing full time.

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