Today I went with some friends to Denpasar. We didn’t know, that it is actually so close to Kerobokan. It took us just about 15 minutes and we were already in the center of Denpasar. Our first stop was pasar badung. It is also called badung market. It is a traditional market, the biggest one in Denpasar and has 4 storeys. It is located in Gajah Mada Street, which is the main street in Denpasar. Outside the building, you can find a lot of ready cooked food, fresh fruits, vegetables and also flowers. After passing the food stands, you get straight to the building of pasar badung. First we went to the ground floor, where you can find a lot of different spices, chilli, small onions, ginger, nuts, cakes, and biscuits. Clothing for men, women and children can be found on the upper floors of the market. But you can not only find their clothes, also bags or jewellery and hair ornaments, especially for balinese dance. It was very interesting to get to know a typical and traditional indonesian market. But it was also a little bit exhausting to walk through this big market with its huge selection of food and clothes and its narrow aisles.
After pasar badang, we went to puptan square, which is a large open square commemorates the suicidal battle of the rajas of Badung against the Dutch Militia. Near that, there is a Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Joseph, which was build in hindu style and is just recognized as a church through the white cross on the top of the tower. This was some kind of strange seeing a catholic cathedral in the middle of denpasar.
After that, we tried to get back to Kerobokan, which wasn’t that easy. First there are a lot of one-way streets, so we had to make many detours. And second the traffic was worse than in Kuta. So our way back took us even more time than our forward run.