Oct 1, 2014

Bali Travelogue: Visiting Bajra Sandhi Monument (11 - 15 Jan 2014)

Every country has their own story; Bali has theirs too. In memorial of struggle of Balinese people in the past, Bajra Sandhi Monument is constructed in the largest city of Bali, i.e. Denpasar.

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In memorial of the struggle of Balinese people
Located about 20km away from Tanah Lot, the journey to Bajra Sandhi Monument was terribly clogged on a Monday afternoon. We logged in a total of an hour plus for an usual 30-minute drive. It was tiring, despite not having to drive and better still, a chance to take a nap in between.

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The magnificent view of Bajra Sandhi Monument
But it was worth it. Nothing could beat this magnificent view of Bajra Sandhi Monument laid in front of our eyes.

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Well kept Madya Mandala of Bajra Sandhi Monument

Bajra Sandhi Monument applies the Tri Mandala concept; the magnificent candi bentar (split gate) marks the separation of Nista Mandala (outer courtyard) and Madya Mandala (courtyard that surrounds Utama Mandala (main building of the monument)).

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Utama Mandala consists of 3 floors:
  • Nistaning Utama Mandala - ground floor of the building, housing the information room, Librarianship room, exhibit room, conference room, administrative room, and restrooms, all arranged in a huge circle surrounding a lake in the middle of the room named Puser Tasik 
  • Madyaning Utama Mandala - second floor of the building, housing 33 units of dioramas, depicting Balinese people's struggle from the beginning of the Balinese kingdom, the entrance of Hinduism, Majapahit era, Netherlands colonialism, struggle of independence, until the present
  • Utamaning Utama Mandala - third floor of the building, reachable by passing a long flight of stairs; a place of tranquility, a place of silence and enjoying the view around the monument (panorama of Denpasar too)

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A visit to Bajra Sandhi Monument was a different experience altogether.
  • It was soothing to see the well maintained green landscape surrounding the old buildings - it felt like a walk in a beautiful garden in a castle
  • Little did I expect to see a lake in the middle of the building - the sound of water flow was zen-like
  • Interesting stories told with dioramas - so intricately done that it awed me and kept me lingering
  • Spiralling staircase leading to third floor - a little sad that I did not head up to have a peek at what it was overlooking 
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Cheeky Jembawan - one of the many stone statues in Madya Mandala
IN SUMMARY, my personal ranking based on following criteria are:

Ambiance - 4 out of 5 (-1 because creepiness at certain area due to lack of lighting)
Price - 5 out of 5 (Rp 10,000 or c. RM3 - Cheapest attraction by far!)
Attractiveness - 5 out of 5 (Interesting landscape, architecture and dioramas)
Verdict - A beautiful museum with historical and educational value

ATTRACTION INFO:
Bajra Sandhi Monument
Jl Raya Puputan, Renon, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 08:30-16:30, Sat-Sun 09:00-16:30, Closed during Hindu holidays
Tel: +62 264 517

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful indeed! So well captured and written.. i wanna go! :)

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    1. Anytime for you, Travel Queen :)

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