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Denpasar Municipality Declares Sanur Prastasi Blanjong as Cultural Heritage Site

The Prasasti Blanjong – an ancient archaeological relic dating from 913 AD in Sanur Village (Sanur Kauh) represents one of the oldest representations of a sophisticated level of organized human settlement in Bali.

The inscribed stone marker has been officially recognized as an Ancient Cultural Relic by the municipality of Denpasar (Benda Cagar Budaya). Denpasar’s Mayor IB Rai Dharmawijata issued a formal letter (188.45/825/HK/2019) dated April 15, 2019, declaring the site a cultural treasure. In doing so, the Mayor broke new ground in which the local government has officially declared and designated  a cultural heritage site.

The stone marker was commissioned by Raja Sri Kesari Warmadewa in 835 Saka (913 AD) and mentions “Wali Wipa” - an ancient name for the Island of Bali.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, a member of the Denpasar archaeological team, Dewa Gede Yadhu Basudewa, joined a team surveying the site and the marker monument, recommendeding the stone artefact be given a historical cultural status by the Municipality.

Government officials point to the historical designation and status given to the Prasasti Blanjong as proof of Denpasar’s desire to preserve its history and culture.

Denpasar officials are in the process of surveying other historical remains for possible inclusion to what is hoped will be a growing list of local heritage sites. Officials estimate there are some 300 cultural heritage sites located within the boundaries of the City of Denpasar.