City of Denpasar
Kota Denpasar
Regional transcription(s)
 • Balineseᬤᬾᬦ᭄ᬧᬲᬃ
Flag of Denpasar
Coat of arms of Denpasar
ᬧᬸᬭᬟᬶᬧᬪᬭᬪᬯᬦ (Balinese)
Puradhipa Bhara Bhavana
(The Capital Supports The Country)
Location within Bali, Indonesia
Location within Bali, Indonesia
Denpasar is located in Bali
Location in Bali
Denpasar is located in Lesser Sunda Islands
Denpasar is located in Indonesia
Location in Indonesia
Denpasar is located in Southeast Asia
Location in Southeast Asia
Denpasar is located in Asia
Location in Asia
Coordinates: 8°39′S 115°13′E / 8.650°S 115.217°E / -8.650; 115.217
Country Indonesia
RegionLesser Sunda Islands
Province Bali
Settled27 February 1788 Independent from Badung Kingdom
 • MayorI.G. Ngurah Jaya Negara
 • Vice MayorI Kadek Agus Arya Wibawa
 • City and provincial capital125.98 km2 (48.64 sq mi)
 • Metro
722.19 km2 (278.84 sq mi)
 (mid 2022 estimate)
 • City and provincial capital726,808
 • Density5,800/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density2,500/km2 (6,400/sq mi)
 • Ethnic groups
Balinese (65.18%)
Javanese (25.78%)
Chinese (1.13%)
Sasak (1.05%)
Madura (0.78%)
Sundanese (0.70%)
Flores (0.53%)
Batak (0.43%)
others (4.42%)[2][3]
 • Religion (2020)Hinduism 63.3%
Islam 28.65%
Protestantism 5.04%
Catholicism 2.36%
Buddhism 2.37%
Confucianism 0.03%
Others 0.02% [4]
 • LanguagesIndonesian (official)
Balinese (regional)
English (international)
Javanese (minority)
Time zoneUTC+8 (Indonesia Central Time)
Area code(+62) 361
Vehicle registrationDK
HDI (2022)Increase 0.844 (Very High)

Denpasar (Indonesian pronunciation: [denˈpasar]; Balinese: ᬤᬾᬦ᭄ᬧᬲᬃ Dénpasar) is the capital city of the province of Bali, Indonesia. Denpasar is the main gateway to the Bali island, 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 725,314 at the 2020 Census,[5] down from 788,445 at the 2010 Census due to pandemic outflow; the official estimate as at mid 2022 was 726,808.[1] The metropolitan area centred on Denpasar (called Sarbagita) had 1,785,800 residents in mid 2022.[1] Pandemic and travel related closures has further exacerbated the population loss.


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.[6]


Colonial era

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Denpasar functioned as the capital of the Hindu Majapahit Kingdom of Badung,[7] thus the city's former name being Badung. The royal palace was looted and razed during the Dutch intervention in 1906. A statue in Taman Puputan (Denpasar's central square) commemorates the 1906 Puputan, in which as many as a thousand Balinese, including the King and his court, committed mass suicide in front of invading Dutch troops, rather than surrender to them.[8]

Independence era

In 1958, Denpasar became the seat of government for the Province of Bali. It remained the administrative centre of both Badung Regency and the City of Denpasar.[9]

Both Denpasar and Badung Regency have experienced rapid physical, economic, social, and cultural growth.[9] Denpasar has become not only the seat of government, but also the centre of commerce, education, industry, and tourism.[9]

With an average population growth of 4.05% per annum, accompanied by rapid development, came a variety of urban problems. It was later resolved[when?] that meeting the needs and demands of the burgeoning urban community would be best addressed by giving Denpasar administrative independence from Badung Regency.[9]

An 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.[9]

On 16 November 2009, in a further administrative realignment, Regulation Number 67 shifted the capital of Badung Regency from Denpasar to Mangupura.[citation needed]


Denpasar is located at an elevation of 4 m (13 ft) above sea level. While the total area of 125.98 km2 or 2.18% of the total area of Bali Province. From the use of land, 2,768 hectares of land are paddy, 10,001 hectares are dry land, while the remaining land area is 9 hectares.

Badung River divides Denpasar, after which the river empties into the Gulf of Benoa.[10]


Denpasar, located just south of the equator, has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification: Aw), with hot and humid weather year-round. Due to this, there is little temperature change throughout the year, 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 May, while the dry season lasts from June to October.

Climate data for Denpasar, Bali
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 30.8
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.9
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 23.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 323
Mean monthly sunshine hours 173.1 174.0 210.7 224.7 242.9 228.1 246.8 261.7 251.3 252.5 224.4 176.4 2,666.6
Average ultraviolet index 13 13 13 13 11 9 9 12 13 13 13 13 12
Source 1: [11]
Source 2: WeatherOnline (2000–2019 sunshine data)[12]


The city's population was counted as 788,445 in 2010, up from 533,252 in the previous decade. The official estimate as of mid-2022 was 726,808.[1]

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. If current trends had continued, Denpasar had been expected to easily surpass a million residents by the next census in 2020. The 2015 intercensal survey (SUPAS) claimed a population of 879,098 people for the city,[13] but the 2020 Census demonstrated that the population had fallen to 725,314.[14] There were some 7,098 more men than women in Denpasar in mid-2022.

Approximately 63.3% of the population are Hindus (BPS 2020), while Islam is the largest minority religion (28.65%), followed by Christianity (6.45%), Buddhism (1.47%), and Confucianism (0.03%).[4]


Religion in Denpasar[15]

  Balinese Hinduism (63.3%)
  Islam (28.65%)
  Protestantism (4.4%)
  Roman Catholic (2.05%)
  Buddhism (1.47%)
  Confucianism and others (0.13%)

Administratively, the city government consists of four districts (kecamatan), subdivided into 43 villages. Denpasar has developed numerous measures to improve public services.[16]


Main article: List of districts and sub-districts in Denpasar City

Denpasar City comprises 4 districts (kecamatan), subdivided into 16 urban villages (kelurahan) and 27 rural villages (desa). In mid 2022, the population was officially estimated at 726,808 (comprising 366,953 males ans 359,855 females) with its area being 125.98 km² and its density 5,769 people/km2.[1]

List of districts and villages in Denpasar City as follows:

Code Districts Urban
Status List
51.71.03 West Denpasar 3 8 11 Desa
  • Dauh Puri Kangin
  • Dauh Puri Kauh
  • Dauh Puri Klod
  • Padang Sambian Kaja
  • Padang Sambian Klod
  • Pemecutan Klod
  • Tegal Harum
  • Tegal Kerta
  • Dauh Puri
  • Padang Sambian
  • Pemecutan
51.71.01 South Denpasar 6 4 10 Desa
  • Pemogan
  • Sanur Kaja
  • Sanur Kauh
  • Sidakarya
  • Panjer
  • Pedungan
  • Renon
  • Sanur
  • Serangan
  • Sesetan
51.71.02 East Denpasar 4 7 11 Desa
  • Dangin Puri Klod
  • Kesiman Kertalangu
  • Kesiman Petilan
  • Penatih Dangin Puri
  • Sumerta Kaja
  • Sumerta Kauh
  • Sumerta Klod/Kelod
  • Dangin Puri
  • Kesiman
  • Penatih
  • Sumerta
51.71.04 North Denpasar 3 8 11 Desa
  • Dangin Puri Kaja
  • Dangin Puri Kangin
  • Dangin Puri Kauh
  • Dauh Puri Kaja
  • Peguyangan Kaja
  • Peguyangan Kangin
  • Pemecutan Kaja
  • Ubung Kaja
  • Peguyangan
  • Tonja
  • Ubung
TOTAL 16 27 43

Denpasar is divided into four districts (kecamatan), listed below with their officially estimated 2022 populations:[1]

Greater Denpasar

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), most of Gianyar Regency (except for Payangan, Tegallalang, and Tampaksiring Districts), and part of Tabanan Regency (Kediri and Tabanan Districts only). It is known as Sarbagita, a clipped compound of Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar, and Tabanan, made official by Presidential Regulation Number 45 of 2011,[17] despite Tabanan just beginning to succumb to urban sprawl. See also List of metropolitan areas in Indonesia.

Administrative division Area
mid 2022
per km2)
Denpasar Municipality 125.98 788,445 725,314 726,808 5,769.2
Badung Regency (part (a)) 303.52 517,089 517,178 516,400 1,701.4
Gianyar Regency (part (b)) 187.69 332,470 367,080 373,700 1,991.0
Tabanan Regency (part (c)) 105.00 154,741 166,726 168,900 1,608.6
Metropolitan Area

722.19 1,792,745 1,776,298 1,785,800 2,472.6

Notes: (a) Kuta Selatan, Kuta, Kuta Utara, Mengwi and Abiansemal Districts. (b) Sukawati, Blahbatuh, Ubud and Gianyar Districts. (c) Kediri and Tabanan Districts.


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Badung Market in Denpasar.

The development of tourism and structural changes in the economy have had a strong impact on Denpasar. Trade, hotels, and restaurants dominate the city's gross regional domestic product.[18]

Also boosting the economy of Denpasar is the production of craft items such as souvenir carvings and sculptures. The craft industry, however, is experiencing pressure due to the impact of the 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.


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Bali was once known for its mud walls and thatched gates but gated residential developments and shop houses now characterize urban Bali. [19]

During the late 19th century, the built environment was being constructed based on the political situation of the city. This resulted in the residence of the ruling family becoming the centre of the city.[20]

Market squares played an important role in the Badung kingdom, and it continued to do so when the colonial powers came to exert control over Bali. Over the 20th century, Denpasar faced the challenges of changing urban landscapes brought about by political changes. The developments that were brought about by the colonial powers were regarded as eroding the indigenous culture of Bali. Although Denpasar became known as a 'settler city', there was still a strong attachment to the indigenous culture.[21]

Denpasar has undergone massive unplanned development during the 21st century, due to the expansion of tourism leading to the construction of increasingly more modern facilities in the heart of the city. Nonetheless, the market square still plays an important role, with its façade representing traditional elements of the Balinese culture.[citation needed]


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Sanur Beach

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 (within Badung Regency not administratively under the city jurisdiction), 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. Batik cloth is sold all over Denpasar, and batik sarongs and men's shirts are widely available.


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See also: List of universities in Indonesia

Denpasar has several notable universities and institutions. Some of them are



Ngurah Rai International Airport

The city is served by Ngurah Rai International Airport, one of the busiest in Indonesia.[23]


Benoa Harbour is the entrance to the Denpasar by sea and is currently managed by PT Pelindo III.[24] The port is located about 10 km from the city center, and has been operating since 1924.


Public transport in Denpasar, especially for urban transportation, is becoming ineffective and inefficient,[25] with only 30% of vehicles still in operation as of 2010. Public transport is not popular and is used by only about 3% of the total population.[26] Meanwhile, the growth of private vehicle ownership is at 11% per year[citation needed] and is not comparable with the construction of new roads. Congestion in the city of Denpasar is unavoidable due to this reason.

Since August 2011, the city has operated a bus rapid transit system called Trans Sarbagita. Two main routes and some feeder lines are operated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. There is no dedicated lane for the buses: they run on main streets. In 2012 an average of 2,800 passengers per day used the service.[27]

The central government's Ministry of Transport initiated another system called Trans Metro Dewata on 7 September 2020. The system now serves 5 corridors, all also without separate lane, focusing more on the city.[28] [29]

Two major improvements to the road system were completed in 2013. In August, the underpass at the Dewa Ruci intersection was opened. It is slightly beyond the bounds of Denpasar but was co-financed by the town because of the expected positive effects on traffic in Denpasar.[30]
Then the four-lane Bali Mandara Toll Road was opened on 1 October, connecting Benoa Harbor, Ngurah Rai Airport, and Nusa Dua.


Denpasar has hosted numerous international and national sporting events. Denpasar was the venue for the 2008 Asian Beach Games in Bali. Denpasar also held the 2009 Asian Archery Championships.

In football, Denpasar is home to the football club Perseden Denpasar,[31] which plays in the Liga 3.

Culture and sights

While arts and culture in Denpasar are largely synonymous with Hindu art and culture, there has also been a high level of interaction with other cultures that accompanied the arrival of visitors from all walks of life. Traditional values inspired by Hindu religious rituals still strongly influence the city.[32]

Traditional Balinese culture is still deeply rooted in Denpasar. It may include values, norms, and behavior in society based on patrilineal kinship systems. However, over time many of the customary laws have been disputed by people, especially regarding matters of gender and inheritance.[33]

Denpasar has various sights to offer:


The Bali Museum features Balinese art and history. The museum is built in the traditional Balinese style. There are four main buildings inside the museum, each with their unique specialization of exhibits.[37]

Sister cities

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Denpasar is twinned with:

See also


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