Once the royal capital of the princely kingdom of Badung, there is little evidence now of Denpasar's past. Situated in the south of the island, about 5 km from the coast, Bali's capital has grown in the past 10-15 years from a sleepy village to a bustling city with choked streets buzzing with the sound of waspish motorbikes. Today, the town has a population of over 450,000 and is Bali's main trade and transport hub, with its central business area centred around Jalan Gajah Mada. Puputan Square pays homage to the tragic end of the Rajah and his court; it is named after the 'battle to the death' - or puputan - against a force of Dutch soldiers in 1906.

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