About Bali > District
|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
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
|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
In Badung Regency, the majority of the people live
in agriculture, trade and services industry. Regional
income is primarily from tourism industry.
|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
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
In year 1904, a Chinese ship under the Dutch flag
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
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
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