The Monument of Balinese Peoples Struggle
Bajra Sandhi is the monument of Balinese Peoples Struggle that located in the center of Denpasar City, right in front of Bali’s Governor Office. This monument was built in 1987 and opened on 14 June 2013 by Indonesia’s president at that time, Megawati Sukarno Putri. The purpose of this monument is to immortalize the soul and spirit of Balinese People struggle, and also protecting, developing and preserving the Balinese culture to be passed on to the next generation.
It’s called as “Bajra Sandhi” because of its shape resembles bajra or bell that used by the Hindu Priest in reading off the Weda Holy sentence (mantra) during the religious ceremonies. This monument is contains of 33 diorama that telling the journey history from a periode of prehistory (300.000 S.M) that humans are highly depends on the nature until the independence era (1950-1975) where Bali Island is built in all areas like politics, economic, and social cultural. By knowing and understanding the history, soul, and spirit of Balinese People struggle from time to time, it is expected to strengthen the power and love towards the Balinese cultures especially from the next generations of Balinese peoples and also developing the cultural tourism in Bali. During its development, Bajra Sandhi becomes more famous and established as tourist destination in Denpasar Bali and visited by many tourist every day who like to know the history of Balinese peoples.
There are three floors inside the monument. 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 amazing views over the green square and Denpasar’s cityscap. Most recently in August 2016, the ground space was turned into the IAM Bali Interactive 3D trick art museum that full of fun 3D murals that are great for making fun pics.