• Memorial Stones

    At the Marga Memorial you can find 1372 memorial stones of men and women (Muslims, Hindus and Christians) who died fighting the Dutch forces.

  • The Battle of Marga

    The Margarana (“Battle of Marga”) memorial was built in 1954 and symbolizes the unity of
    the fallen revolutionaries in their fight for freedom.

  • I Gusti Ngurah Rai

    I Gusti Ngurah Rai was the commander of the Balinese guerillas who gave his life for the revolution. His statue stands tall when coming from the airport and heading to Jimbaran
    and Kuta along the main road.

  • Puputan Memorial

    Puputan is a mass suicide in preference to surrendering to the enemy. Several of these suicides occurred in Bali, of which one at the Klungkung Palace in April 1908.

Marga Memorial, remembering those who fought for independence...


The Marga Memorial is probably not high on the list of things to see during your holiday in Bali. Nevertheless if you happen to be in the neighborhood or you don't mind a small detour then we highly recommend you to have a look.

 

names at marga memorial bali

 

The Memorial in Marga is located 15 kilometers northeast of Tabanan. This important memorial park is dedicated to the 1,372 men and women who died fighting the Dutch forces after World War II when Indonesia was officially considered independent.

Throughout the colonial times the Balinese showed huge resistance towards the Dutch resulting in many fierce battles. Instead of surrendering to the Dutch the Balinese men chose to fight their enemy and when defeated they would commit suicide by kris to save ones honor.

 

statue at marga memorial

 

Women, elderly and children would also commit suicide to prevent living in exile or on occupied land. This honorary death is known as Puputan.

Four big Puputan wars took place in Bali of which the last one was in Marga in 1946. Under the command of Lt. Col. I Gusti Ngurah Rai (Bali airport holds his name to honor him plus you can find a portrait of him on the Rp 50.000 bill) almost 100 guerillas were discovered by the Dutch forces in Marga and were attacked.

 

rows of memorials at marga bali

 

Armed with only bamboo sharpened pools and spears the Balinese knew what awaited them when they faced the heavily armed Dutch army. All 96 men were killed and for three more years many deadly battles followed until the Dutch finally recognized Indonesia’s independence in 1949.

The Memorial in Marga, officially called the Margarana Memorial means the 'Battle of Marga' and was built in 1954. This 17-meter-tall, eight-roofed monument is shaped like a Javanese candi, which to symbolizes the unity of the fallen revolutionaries in their fight for freedom.

 

marga memorial central bali

 

When we visited the memorial we immediately struck by the silence that covers the whole park. The silence, the monument and the many memorial stones just made us wonder how such a fierce battle could have taken place less then 70 years ago.

The memorial park is surrounded by beautiful rice fields making it even more difficult to realize what had happened here.

As mentioned before the memorial is not popular among travellers so don't be surprised if you are the only one there...


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