Aside from those beaches, try to go on a cultural trip while in Bali. Visiting Bajra Sandhi Monument shouldn’t be exempt. The place doesn’t only serve as a monument. Its surrounding park is a great place to chill. Well-treated plants bring cool vibes amidst Bali hot weather.
Go inside the monument and learn how the Balinese fought over colonization. Thirty-three dioramas are beautifully installed on the premise. Colorful ones, so even children can’t get bored. The entire story explained in English, too – so International tourists don’t have to worry.
Through spiral stairs, go upstairs to get the best view of the surrounding area. The view tower isn’t that high, though. However, the view is magnificent. Especially if the weather is fine. No wonder the place sometimes is used as a pre-wedding photoshoot location.
Bajra Sandhi Monument: Upon Arrival
Green, a vast park welcomes visitors to the premises. Before going inside, buy the ticket first on the counter. For guide service, visitors can directly request it at the entrance. Make the way to the monument and stop by the greeneries to take photos.
Even from afar, the monument stands out with that Hindu-influenced architecture. Surrounding fountains and small green ponds gives that tranquility ambiance. Step on the stairs, and make the way inside.
Bajra Sandhi is a monument to immortalize the Balinese’s spirit to fight over the colonials. Several features of the monument remark the date of Indonesian Independence Day. First, head to the monument’s main gate there is 17 stairs. Eight ‘tiang agung’ inside the building have 45 m height. The number represents 17, 8, and 45 – interpreted as August 17, 1945. The independence day of Indonesia.
Bajra Sandhi Monument Collection
The monument is a three-stories building. Each floor has its own story. The first floor has many monochromatic old photos displayed. Several of them tell the story of the Bali kingdoms in the past. Some others represent how fierce Balinese people were to combat the Dutch colonials.
One floor above, see various nicely-arranged dioramas. Thirty-three dioramas are worth the walk. Some dioramas will take visitors much further to the date of the prehistoric era. Others will show the folks’ life under the King’s rule. Continue the walk and again, fierce locals versus colonials’ diorama are displayed.
Even life after Independence Day has its own diorama.
On the top floor, there’s nothing but a view tower. To reach this floor visitors need to climb the spiral stairs. Another interesting photo spot for selfie enthusiasts. Get the view of the surrounding area from four directions. The view is best when the sky is clear. Combined with the major green park, the view looks like a fairy tale.
IAM Bali 3D Museum
IAM Bali is a sign one will find before getting into the museum. Follow the sign and find an Interactive Art Museum on Bajra Sandhi’s ground floor. The entrance fee is separated from the monument’s entrance fee. Though a bit pricey (entrance fee is Rp120.000), the photo spot can make one goes wow!
Discover various lifelike paintings here. Doing Kungfu with that Kungfu Panda’s or maybe time with superheroes. The paintings are brilliantly set to kick away the 2D impression when captured. IAM Bali got an ‘upside-down’ world as well. Sometimes queueing to take photos. Not that long, fortunately.
Coming On Sunday
Bajra Sandhi Monument is surrounded by quite a wide empty field on its side. Every Sunday, the road in front of the monument is used as a Car Free Day spot. The adjacent fields accommodate food vendors to sell snacks. Drinks are available too for a reasonable price.
Before the monument opens at 10, people really enjoy their time here. Normally, people come to jog or do a little warm-up. Some only come to the place for the snacks. Too bad trashes are often forgotten, scattered here and there.
Bajra Sandhi Monument Opening Hours
The monument is open every day from 8 AM to 6 PM. On Saturday the gate opens at 9 AM. While on Sunday, the gate is open at 10 AM with the same closing time. The IAM Bali is open from 9 AM until 7:15 PM every day.
|Bajra Sandhi Monument Opening Hours|
|Monday – Friday||08:00 – 18:00|
|Saturday||09:00 – 18:00|
|Sunday||10:00 – 18:00|
Bajra Sandhi Monument Entrance Fee
The adult entrance fee for foreigners is Rp50.000. For children, the price is half. The price is higher than the locals paying. IAM Bali entrance fee is Rp100.000 – Rp120.000 – and additional fees may apply.
|Bajra Sandhi Monument Entrance Fee|
The place’s facilities are quite similar to other museums. Get the diorama and general explanation from the guide. The monument has free Wi-Fi access. Air-conditioned museum as well. So, no need to dwell on the hot weather outside.
Indeed, clean toilets are available. F&B services are on the ground floor. Find the way to IAM BALI sign first. The sign will lead to the food court, souvenir stalls, and also the 3D Museum itself. Occasionally, outside the gate, there are street food vendors. Nearby restaurants are available as well, but one needs to walk there.
How To Get To Bajra Sandhi Monument
Without traffic jam, a trip to Bajra Sandhi from Ngurah Rai shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. Getting a ride-hail vehicle, a rental car, or a scooter – whichever is good to go. Don’t opt to walk since the distance is far, which is 16 km. If coming from Sanur, the distance is only 7 km.
Avoid the confusion of the map-reading by booking a ride. But of course, this will cost higher. One-way trip with a ride-hail bike will charge passenger Rp46.000/trip. Gojek/Grab car will charge around Rp60.000-Rp80.000. Ordering a taxi will cost a higher price – Rp100.000 to Rp130.000 per trip.
So, budget travelers are better to rent scooters to save cash. A daily scooter rent fee in Bali usually doesn’t surpass Rp100.000. In some places, the price may even cheaper. The plus side is free-riding at any hour, without thinking about the price per kilometer. Of course, petrol is charged on the renter.
Address & Location
The landmark and museum located in Jl. Raya Puputan No.142, Panjer, Kec. Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80234.