Singaraja

Flying Lion Statue at Singaraja, North Bali

Singaraja is an old trading city and former colonial administrative capital of the entire Lesser Sunda Islands. Economic growth in this region was mainly due to this old port and especially Chinese traders had a big influence on Singaraja. The city has been trading with Chinese goods ships since the 10th century and these East Asian influences and colonial influences are still evident, not only in local cuisine but also in some buildings such as vast and magnificent Chinese temples. The streets and parks are also big. Singaraja to this day is the economic center of Bali and visitors can still admire some old warehouses along the old harbor here that once housed goods that made this city the main trading center in the East Indies.

The city is best explored on foot or by rickshaw passing through Chinese shops and through a quiet environment surrounded by trees. Scattered throughout the city are living bazaars, several temples and two mosques. A special type of tourist attraction is the Lontar Gedong Kirtya Museum, which offers books from colonial times, metal plates with royal edicts from the 14th century, Balinese calendars and literary libraries written on palm leaves. Palm leaf collections include ritual books and seals, as well as historical narratives, magical formulas and future predictions.

Singaraja is located east of Panai Lovina in northern Bali. From Denpasar it takes around 4 hours to get there, Lovina is 20 minutes from Singaraja.