The original capital of Bali, Singaraja is right on the sea, and its harbour has been key to local development. A bustling center of local commerce, its people are noisy, open, and friendly, and reflect their local climate.
Singaraja was the Dutch colonial administrative centre for Bali and the Lesser Sunda Islands until 1953, 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.
Gedong Kirtya, just south of the town centre, is the only library of lontar manuscripts (ancient and sacred texts on leaves of the rontal palm) in the world.