Bajra Sandhi Monument in Denpasar Bali
Bajra Sandhi Monument is a major landmark in Denpasar Bali, a monument to the struggles of the Balinese people, set right in the centre of the Renon Square. The site is adjacent the Bali Governor’s office, and is hard to miss with its grand structure that resembles a Balinese Hindu priest’s praying bell, or ‘bajra’. Inside the base is a museum that displays various historical dioramas of the people’s past struggle for Independence.
There are three floors inside. The ground level lets you admire the typical Balinese architectural features applied to the overall structure, while the second floor is where most of the diagrams and dioramas that depict the Balinese people’s pre-history and history are shown. The last upper level provides you with soaring views over the green square and Denpasar’s cityscape afield. Most recently in August 2016, the ground space was turned into the IAM Bali Interactive 3D trick art museum space, full of fun murals that are great for fun pics. Bajra Sandhi Monument is a popular itinerary that is almost always featured on Bali Tour Packages.
The Bajra Sandhi Monument sits on a 4,900sqm plot within the vast 14.4Ha grounds of flat green lawns, gardens and palms of the square. Denpasar residents visit the square in droves over the weekends, particularly during the ‘car-free’ Sundays that enables joggers and cyclists to best enjoy the surrounds of the public space.
About Bajra Sandhi Monument
Bajra Sandhi Monument was built in 1987 and officially opened in 2003. Two philosophies underpin the monument. The first ties to Hinduism, with representations of yoni, a feminine symbol for regeneration and the process of creation. The second retells the story of Mandara Giri Mountain in Ksirarnawa (milky ocean), the first chapter in the Mahabharata, an ancient Indian epic. The story tells of gods and giants joining together to “twist” Mount Mandara in the Ksirarnawa in the hope of extracting the holy Water of Eternity (Tirta Amerta).
Other symbols at the monument represent the date the Japanese surrendered, August 17, 1945. These are the 17 main gates, the eight pillars and the fact that the monument stands 45 meters (148 feet) tall. Climb the stairs to the top of the tower to reach the chamber with a 360-degree view. Admire the rotating exhibits, which often include photographs and paintings, in the exhibition room.
Bajra Sandhi Monument Structure
The monument is a rectangular shape, and follows the architectural principles of the "Tri Mandala." It consists of three parts: Utama Mandala the main building in the center of the monument, Madya Mandala the inner courtyard surrounding the Utama Mandala, Nista Mandala the outer courtyard surrounding the Madya Mandala.
The main building, the Utama Mandala, has three floors. The ground floor, Nistaning Utama Mandala, contains administrative rooms, a library, and exhibition halls. In the center of the ground floor is a lake called the Puser Tasik. The first floor, Madyaning Utama Mandala, contains 33 dioramas, similar to those in the National Monument Indonesia in Jakarta, but with a focus on the struggles of the Balinese people.
The dioramas cover various incidents in the history of the Balinese, including the Balinese kingdom, the introduction of Hinduism, the Majapahit era, Dutch colonialism, and the struggle for independence. The second floor is a meditative space which provides a panoramic view of Denpasar.
Bajra Sandhi Monument contains 33 dioramas describing the history of the prehistoric (300,000 BC) that the humans are still moving and highly depends on the nature until the independence era (1950 – 1975) where the development of Bali are covering all aspects such as political, economic and social cultures.
Bajra Sandhi Monument Entrance Fee
Visits to the Bajra Sandhi Monument are subject to an entrance fee of IDR 50,000 for adults and IDR 25,000 for kids.
Bajra Sandhi Museum opened daily but closed on government holidays.
- Monday to Friday, from 08:30 – 16:30.
- Saturday & Sunday, from 10:00 – 16:30.
Bajra Sandhi Monument Location
The location of Bajra Sandhi Monument is on Jalan Raya Puputan, Denpasar – Bali. If you are coming from Sanur area, it only takes 15 minutes by cars with 2,5-kilometer distance. However, if you are coming from Kuta or Seminyak area, then it will take 30 minutes by cars and with 15 kilometers distance.
Address: Jalalan Raya Puputan, No 142, Denpasar Town, Bali , Indonesia