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A good traditional fresh market to head for either in the mornings or at night, Singaraja town’s Banyuasri Market features all the typical Balinese farmers’ produce, such as green vegetables and fruits, rice, eggs, spices and tobacco. In the late afternoon, shop owners open up stalls to ready themselves for a night market scene, and the crowds are just as big as in the mornings. You can find local meals and snacks sold here in the evenings, ranging from bakso meatball soup to grilled chicken and lamb satays, all at local prices under a dollar.
Singaraja is Bali’s second largest city and like the capital city, Denpasar it isn't a city where many travelers spend the night. Most visitors stay at the nearby tourist village Lovina, located just about 15 minutes along the Northern coast road towards the west. Singaraja is an old harbor town and the main city of Buleleng, the most northern district of Bali. Singaraja has been and still is an important educational and cultural center. Today there are two universities in Singaraja.
Singaraja is composed of two Indonesian words, ‘Singa’ (lion) and ‘Raja’ (king); Singaraja therefore translates as ‘lion king’. It was a nickname for Raja Pandji Sakti who ruled Buleleng during the early 17th century. The local people however always refer to Singaraja with the traditional name of the town, being ‘Buleleng’, the same name as the district.
Around the beginning of the Christian aera, Buddhist merchants from India and China started to establish trade posts along the coast of North Bali. Even nowadays a concentration of Chinese Buddhist traders and shop keepers can be found in the harbor district of Singaraja, living peacefully together with Muslim and Hindu neighbors, which is a unique situation compared to other areas of wonderful Bali’s population. Here, close to the ocean, you will also find a Chinese temple (a klenteng) with a lotus pond, colorful shrines and some beautiful golden Buddha statues.
Ling Gwan Kiong is an old Chinese temple that forms part of the now defunct seaport complex in Singaraja, North Bali. The temple is within only short walk away from the seaside Pura Segara temple, another landmark in the area, and a 15-minute drive east from Lovina Beach. Locals refer to the temple by the name ‘klenteng’, a narrow term for Chinese Buddhist temples. Dating back to 1873 with connections to the Ching Dynasty, the temple bears silent witness to the town’s colourful past.
A piece of china, with three religions (tri-dharma) inside: Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Colorful like all Chinese temples.
This is an amazing temple, a valuable capsule of Chinese culture in Singaraja !. On the wall near the altar, you can find numerous panels representing the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which is a novel home based on the true history of the Three Kingdoms of almost 2000 years.