Singaraja

Located on the north coast of Bali, Singaraja used to be the centre of Dutch power in Bali and remained the administrative centre until 1953. It is one of the few places in Bali where there are still visible reminders of this Dutch period. Featuring tree lined streets and Dutch colonial houses there are also Chinese and Moslem influnces from Singaraja's time as a centre of administration and trade. For many years the port of Singaraja was the usual arrival point for visitors to Bali but is hardly used now due to it's lack of protection from bad weather. It remains a major educational and cultural centre and apart from two university campuses there is the Gedung Kirtya Historical Library with a magnificent collection of around 3000 old Balinese manuscripts inscribed on lontar (palm).