Singaraja




















Singaraja, is the second largest city in Bali and the regency seat of Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia. It has an area of 27.98 km² and population of 80,500.

One of the tourist objects that can be visited in this city is pretending to have a very interesting collection of Bali stone carving. This carvings carved in sandstone, which is kind of a little soft rock. The theme was carved all kinds, which include traditional themes and contemporary. Some interesting temple to visit is Sangsit, Sarvan, and Yeh Sanit. In addition to the Bali stone carving, Singaraja is also famous for the weaving handicrafts.

Make a sightseeing in a horse-pulled carriage and enjoy the sight of Dutch warehouses and ancient houses surrounded by beautiful aligned trees. After that, visit the Gedong Kirta Library where you can view the historical manuscripts and other important documents.

Today Singaraja bears all the marks of an an old colonial city with wide tree-lined streets and Dutch colonial architecture. In addition to Dutch influences, Singaraja has also been visited by many other naval powers, as is evident from the many Arab and Chinese influences in Singaraja’s old dock district. Singaraja is home to a rare Chinese Buddhist temple, of which only a handful exist in Bali.

Singaraja is a busy city with a significant historical background. It is now the central city of Buleleng regency. Singaraja used to be the capital city of Bali and was its main trading port until 1958, and the port of arrival for most visitors until development of the Bukit Peninsula area in the south. Singaraja was also an administrative center for the Japanese during their rule.

In Addition to being one of Bali’s most multicultural cities, Singaraja is an educational center with two university campuses and is also home to some excellent warungs (type of small family owned business — often a casual, usually outdoor restaurant) and restaurants and a traditional market-place seldom visited by Westerners. Another major attraction in Singaraja is the Gedong Kirtya Museum and Library, which hosts ancient Balinese manuscripts and sacred texts on leaves of the lontar palm and a treasure trove of books from the Dutch colonial era.

Situated in the shore of north Bali, Singaraja is a mere 11 kilometers from Lovina Beach, the major tourist base in all of North Bali.


GETTING THERE

By car

It takes 2 to 3 hours to drive to Singaraja from the south of Bali. There are three main routes: east via Kintamani, taking in the stunning active volcano and mountain vistas, west via Pupuan, through beautiful rice-paddies, spice and coffee plantations; and central, via Bedugul with its famous market and botanical gardens. Whichever route you take, the journey is sure to be scenic and interesting.

By taxi

A prepaid taxi from the airport will cost Rp 400,000.

By bus or bemo

Annoyingly for a city of its relatively small size, Singaraja has three bus terminals. Local bemos ferry passengers between the three terminals, many of which seem to be blue.

  • Banyuasri Terminal is just west of the town centre on Jalan Jendral Achmed Yani, and operates buses and bemos to all points west. Buses to and from Gilimanuk (2 hours, about Rp 30,000) and bemos to Lovina (20 minutes, Rp 10,000) arrive and depart from here. There are also several long distance bus companies here who have overnight services to and from Surabaya and further afield in Java. You buy an all in ticket which includes the ferry crossing to or from Java. Expect to pay about Rp 180,000 to get to or from Surabaya (12 hours), Rp 250,000 to Yogyakarta (15 hours) and Rp 400,000 to Jakarata (1 day).
  • Penarukan Terminal is about 2.5km east of town and is served by buses and bemos from Batubulan terminal in Denpasar (2.5-3 hours). Local bemos arriving from and departing to East Bali also operate from here.
  • Sukasda Terminal is 3 km so

GETTING AROUND

Almost no visitors stay in Singaraja, it is more of a passing through town. Visitors therefore normally explore the city and surrounding areas in the car they arrived in.

 

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