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Badung
 
 
Geography
Badung Regency is located in the center of Bali Island, stretching from north to the island’s south end. It borders on Buleleng Regency on the north; Tabanan Regency on the west; Bangli Regency, Gianyar Regency, and Denpasar on the east.

It covers 418.52 square km of land. It is divided into 6 sub-districts:
Mengwi, Petang, Abiansemal, Kuta, North Kuta, and South Kuta. And Mengwi as the capital city.

Badung Regency is an area of tropical climate which has two seasons, dry season (April-October) and rainy season (November-March). Air temperature varies from 26ºC to 34ºC with average rainfall of 893.4mm to 2.702.6mm per year and average humidity is 79%.

Badung Regency has unique shape resembles to ‘keris’. This uniqueness (keris) is used as a symbol of this regency which represents the warrior spirit and has close relation to the story of this regency ‘Puputan Badung’.
 
Demography
Based on the statistics in June 2001, total population in Badung Regency is 332.265 people, with average population density of 794 people per square km. Majority people embrace Hindu religion with its magnificent religious ceremonies and unique tradition.

In Badung Regency, the majority of the people live in agriculture, trade and services industry. Regional income is primarily from tourism industry.
 
History
Badung Regency was once called Nambangan. The name ‘Badung’ itself was given by I Gusti Ngurah Made Pemecutan in the late 18th century. Because of his powerful dagger (keris) and whip, he was able to conquer Mengwi and Jembrana in 1810. He was succeeded by two other kings and his demise seemed to have been arranged by his successor, King Kesiman who ruled from 1829 to 1863.

The Dutch was allowed to set up headquarters in Kuta in 1826, and the king received a handsome bounty in return. A Danish merchant, Mads Johannes Lange, who came to Bali at the age of 18, played a role as mediator between the Dutch and Bali Kingdom. Since then, Mads Johannes Lange had good relationship with all the kings in Bali. In 1856, Mads Johannes Lange was ill and decided to return to Denmark. He died before his ship left port and was buried in Kuta.

Kuta is also known as a place where Captain Cornelius de Houtman and his troops were hung to death in 1557, when 20.000 Balinese troops returned from their voyage in defending Blambangan from Mataram Moslem Kingdom.

In year 1904, a Chinese ship under the Dutch flag ‘Sri Komala’ stranded on Sanur Beach. The Dutch accused the villagers of destructing and robbing the ships contents and claimed the King for all the lost and damages of 3.000 silver dollars and to punish the culprits.

The King refused the accusation and refused to pay the compensation which caused the Dutch held its 6th military expedition to Bali on September 20, 1906. Three battalions of infantry and two battalions of artillery arrived off the coast and attacked Badung.
 
 
After bombarded, the Dutch attacked Denpasar City and faced no resistance until the city gate. Suddenly they were greeted by the crowd in white costume, who were willing to carry out ‘Puputan War’, die till the last blood.

Commanded by the king, the priests, men and women, decorated themselves with jewels and dress of warrior, set out amidst the battle. Based on the religion, the ultimate goal of warrior is to die in the battle, so the soul may ascend to heaven. Surrender and die in the alienation is disgraceful.

The King of Badung and his brave army chose to carry out the ‘Puputan’. They were killed for defending the dignity and sovereignty of the people of Badung.

A few days later, the Dutch attacked Tabanan, and in the year 1908, Klungkung Kingdom also carried out ‘Puputan’. As the fall of Klungkung Kingdom, the Dutch finally conquered the entire island of Bali.

In 1914, the Dutch replaced the army with the police force and reorganized the government. Although the remaining kings were deprived of their political power, they maintained their influence and importance as patron of the art.

Denpasar City, which consists of 3 sub-districts, used to be a part of Badung Regency before it was assigned to be municipality on February 27, 1993.
 
Places of Interest
Ayung River Nungnung Waterfall
Bingin Beach Nyang Nyang Beach
Canggu Beach Padang Padang Beach
Double Six Beach Petang/ Pelaga Village
Dreamland Beach Petitenget Beach
Gatot Kaca Statue Sadha Kapal Temple
Geger Beach Sangeh/ Monkey Forest
Impossibles Beach Suluban Beach
Jimbaran Beach Tanah Wuuk
Kedonganan Beach Tanjung Benoa
Kuta Taman Ayun Temple
Labuan Sait Beach Tuban Beach
Luhur Uluwatu Temple Traditional Village of Baha
Nusa Dua Uluwatu Beach
 
 
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