Lt Col Ngurah Rai National Monument – Puri Dajuma – Pekutatan
It is an important landmark in memory of a national hero Lt Col Ngurah Rai who was born on 30 January 1917 in the village of Carangsari. After the Indonesian Declaration of Independence he established the People’s Security Army which opposes the 2,000 Dutch troops who had landed on 2 and 3 March 1946 in Tabanan. He Arrived on Pekutatan shores by boat and walked to Tabanan to attack the Dutch forces headquarters. On 20 November 1946, the Dutch launched a large scale attack on Marga supported by aircraft. Lt. Col Ngurah Rai ordered a Puputan, (fight to the death). He died with 95 others during the Indonesian Revolution. The battle is now known as the Battle of Margarana. Ngurah Rai was buried in Marga. On 9 August 1975, he was made a national hero via Presidential Decision Ngurah Rai International Airport, in Bali is named for him and he appears also on the IDR50,000 note. Each year the government come to repair and repaint the monument before August 17, which is ROI Independance day. Dajuma is proud to share a part of indonesian history.
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