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Denpasar, as the capital of Bali, has a heavy Balinese culture founded in a history of dance and religion and is a wondrous center of temples and musea.
The Jagatnath Temple
is Hindu and located near the Museum Bali. Known for its towering construction and peculiar shrine, Jagatnath swarms with tourists and worshippers alike. The Petilan Pengerebongan Temple hosts Ngerbong, a traditional ceremony involving a procession of people dressed as mythological creatures that happens once every 210 days, the length of the ancient Balinese year.
The Temple of Maosaphit, located close to the Badung Market, boasts an incredibly old terracotta sculptural gem, an archeological find believed to date from the ancient Majapahit Kingdom of East Java.
The Sakenan Temple is located on an island in southern Denpasar and is accessible by boat and car. Actually an array of temples, be sure to check out the lush mangrove trees and the beautiful panoramic views that are presented to the visitor of this destination.
The Bali Museum
, built in 1932, is a four-building complex that exhibits an endless number of artifacts pertaining to Bali’s prehistory, its heritage of dance and religion, and the gorgeous artwork it has created throughout all its past. The museum is open everyday, save Saturdays and holidays.
At the Sanur beach, the Museum of Le Mayeur, though established by the Belgium artist Le Mayeur, is dedicated primarily to the paintings of the Balinese woman Nii Pollok, wife of Jackson Pollock who became famous for her dances and artworks.
The Sidik Jari Museum is another arts center worth exploring, as is the Taman Budaya (or the Bali Art Center).
There are also numerous palaces, sculptures, and other attractions to keep the Denpasar visitor busy enough for a lifetime.