Denpasar is the capital of Bali and the main gateway to the island. The city is also a hub for other cities in the Lesser Sunda Islands.
With the rapid growth of the tourism industry in Bali, Denpasar has encouraged and promoted business activities and ventures, contributing to it having the highest growth rate in Bali Province. The population of Denpasar was 897,300 in 2017 up from 788,445 at the 2010 Census. The surrounding metropolitan area has roughly 2 million residents.
The name Denpasar take from the Balinese words “den”, meaning north, and “pasar”, meaning market indicates the city’s origins as a market town, on the site of what is now Kumbasari Market (formerly “Peken Payuk”), in the northern part of the modern city.In 1958 Denpasar became the seat of government for the Province of Bali. It remained the administrative center of both Badung Regency and the City of Denpasar.
Both Denpasar and Badung Regency have experienced rapid physical, economic, social and cultural growth. Denpasar has become not only the seat of government, but also the center of commerce, education, industry, and tourism. Up to date Denpasar is become part of tourist destination for Bali Trip
Average population growth of 4.05% per annum, accompanied by rapid development, led to a variety of urban problems. It was resolved that meeting the needs and demands of the burgeoning urban community would best be addressed by giving Denpasar administrative independence from Badung Regency. Agreement was reached to raise the status of Denpasar to that of an autonomous city, and on 15 January 1992, Act No. 1 of 1992 officially established the City of Denpasar. It was inaugurated by the minister of home affairs on 27 February 1992.
On 16 November 2009, in a further administrative realignment, Regulation Number 67 shifted the capital of Badung Regency from Denpasar to Mangupura.
Denpasar is located at an elevation of 4 m (13 fit) above sea level. While the total area of 127.78 km² or 2.18% of the total area of Bali Province. From the use of land, 2,768 hectares of land are paddy; 10,001 hectares are dry land, while the remaining land area is 9 hectares.
Denpasar, located just south of the equator, has a tropical wet and dry climate, with hot and humid weather year round. Due to this there is little temperature change throughout the year, with temperatures averaging about 28 degrees Celsius. The year is divided into two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season lasts roughly from November to April, while the dry season lasts from May to October. The temperatures are not extreme, but combined with the oppressive humidity and copious precipitation the heat can be very uncomfortable at times.