Bajra Sandhi Monument is located in front of the Bali Governor’s Office in Renon, Denpasar. It is a token of the warriors’ struggle and spirit to be remembered from time to time.
This monument has 17 staircases on the main door, 8 grand poles inside the 45 meters tall building. It’s located in front of the City Hall and some Government’s offices.
This monument called Bajra Sandhi, because its shape is like a bajra (bell), used by Hindu Priest in their religious ceremonies. This Monument was built in 1987, and officiated by Former President Megawati Soekarno Putri, June 14th 2003.
Overall the area of the monument is rectangular with its application of Tri Mandala. It divide by 3 area:
- Utama Mandala is a main building in the middle
- Madya Mandala is a courtyard that surrounds Utama Mandala
- Nista Mandala is the outer courtyard surrounding the Madya Mandala
Main building of the monument (Utama Mandala) consist of 3 floor:
- Utamaning Utama Mandala is on the third floor as a place of tranquility, a place of silence and enjoying the view around the monument. Visitors can see the panorama of Denpasar from this place. To reach this place the visitor must pass a long stairs.
- Madyaning Utama Mandala is the second floor as a dioramas, with the total is 33 units. Second floor is a place to see the miniature of Balinese people’s struggle from time to time. The diorama is similar to National Monument in Jakarta. But, here is only shows the struggle of the Balinese people. It starts from the beginning of the Balinese kingdom, the entrance of Hinduism, Majapahit era, Netherlands colonialism, struggle of independence, until the present.
- Nistaning Utama Mandala is a ground floor of the building, which containing the information room, Librarianship room, exhibit room, conference room, administrative room, and restrooms. In the middle of the room there is a lake that is named as Puser Tasik.
The area around the monument is called Puputan Square (Lapangan Puputan in Bahasa). It is a large open space in the center of Denpasar city. On late afternoons and weekend mornings, the square is bustling with people (mostly locals) for jogging, walking their dogs, skateboarding, football practice, playing kite, and many more. There are even massage service and free (limited) medical checkup provided by Denpasar Health Department. As is any other places, the crowd attract food vendors. The local government manage to centralize the vendors in the east part of the square. Only on Sunday morning, the roads around the Puputan Square are closed for car-free day. The event starts at 6.00 am to 10.00 am.
Puputan Square and Bajra Sandhi Monument is a well worth a visit since it is located literally in the center of Denpasar. It is easy to reach by any means of transportation, only takes less than an hour to explore the monument, and the entrance fee is cheap.
Monument, museum, public park, jogging track
Public park: free
Museum: IDR 10,000 / person
– Parking space
– Car-free Day area on Sunday morning up to 10.00 am
– Great location for pre-wedding photo shot