Margarana Battle Museum
was opened in 1986 by the former Governor of Bali, Mr Ida Bagus Mantra. It is managed by the Kebaktian Pejuang Daerah Bali foundation. Beside the museum you will find the freedom fight monument. Margarana Battle Museum is also collecting historical items, such as weapons, old communication tools, items used in the freedom fight and civil costumes used by the hero I Gusti Ngurah Rai. The Margarana Battle of Marga memorial park honors a regiment of guerilla fighters killed by a Dutch ground attack and aerial bombardment shortly after World War II ended.
This monument is located in Marga, 15 km northeast of Tabanan. The Balinese whom were armed only with sharpened bamboo poles far outnumbered the Dutch but the great spirit of independence led them to the victory. The aristocratic leader of this futile last stand was Lt. Col. I Gusti Ngurah Rai. His name is now commemorated on street signs all over the island and Bali’s main international airport is named in his honor. In the middle of this monument is a 17 meter tall, 8 roofed monument shaped like a Javanese candi, it symbolized the unity of the fallen revolutionaries in their fight for freedom.It’s not just a regular tourist stop, it’s worth a visit for its reverential atmosphere.