Singaraja is a town in northern Bali. The name is Indonesian for “Lion King”. It is on the north coast just east of Lovina and is an old harbor town. It is the second largest town of Bali and was once the colonial capital of Bali but now serves as the seat of Buleleng Regency.
Singaraja is an attractive town thanks to a lingering Dutch colonial ‘feel’ and some well-preserved colonial architecture. At the center of the town you will find banks, a post office, some accommodation, a number of small restaurants and the local market Pasar Anyar, which turns into a night market with foodstalls after sunset.
Things to see in Singaraja
- Royal Palace of Singaraja
The Royal Palace of Singaraja, often referred to as the Puri Agung or Puri Gede, was built by Raja Ki Gusti Anglurah Pandji Sakti on March 30th, 1604. This became the beginning of the Kingdom of Buleleng. It is without any political power nowadays, the Royal Family and their Palace represent an important part of North Bali’s rich, cultural heritage.
- Pasar anyar market
The market has two floors. Every morning hundreds of local people visit this rural market to shop for vegetables, fruit, fish, meat and offering flowers. You will also find a section here where you can buy clothes for real bargain prices (also open during day time).
- Lontar museum
The Gedong Kirtya collects, copies and preserves thousands of lontar (manuscripts made of palm leaf), “prasati” (transcriptions on metal plates) and books that deal with various aspects of human life such as religion, architecture, philosophy, genealogy, homeopathy, “usada” (medical manuscripts), black magic, etc.
- Chinese temple
This temple, named Ling Gwan Kion, is one of the few Chinese temples on Bali. It can be accessed via a bridge over a lotus pond and it has magnificent golden Buddha statues.
- City Statues
The city statues of Singaraja are many and are certainly very varied.