Puputan Square

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Puputan Square, Bali Overview

Puputan Square is an attractive monument which is a leafy and calm place in the centre of the city and acts as a resting point away from the surrounding noise and chaos. There is a large eight-armed statue which is located in the centre of the square which is a representation of the creator- Brahma (Hindu God). The location symbolizes the protection that the Lord offers in all directions. Adjoining the monument is a small urban park where one will find many locals taking a break from work or families spending some quality time with their families.

A beautiful green garden surrounds the Puputan monument- a family of three about to perform Puputan, a Balinese term for ritual suicide when confronted with surrendering to the enemy. Located in Denpasar, it was built to commemorate the victims of the shooting by Dutch colonisers in 1906.

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History and Events of the Puputan

Puputan is a Balinese term which means ‘to end’. The main aim of the statue is to commemorate this, by depicting a local Balinese family brandishing their weapons against the Dutch forces. The statue shows the woman holding jewellery which was sprung by the soldiers often as a sign of humiliation (as mentioned in popular Bali stories).

These Puputans were a common occurrence in Bali from 1906 to 1908 when the people were subjugated to the rule of Dutch. It is believed that the King of Badung who faced overwhelming opposition from the colonial forces which led to his court in committing suicide by Kerris dagger.

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