Old Singaraja Harbour

In a sad state, but worth a visit

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What we say: 3.5 stars

The harbour area of Singaraja provides for a fleeting glimpse into how the former capital of Bali used to look.

There are some old colonial buildings that are in a state of disrepair, on old Dutch bridge and the Chinese temple Ling Gwan Kiong.

The newer monument of Yudha Mandalatama stands proud over the oceanfront as symbol of nationalistic pride at having defeated the Dutch colonial powers. It's an ugly thing, but certainly worth a look.

Ling Gwan Kiong is a Chinese temple built in the 1800s dedicated to serving the three faiths of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. It's a well-maintained and beautifully painted structure that should see you whip around it in about 10 minutes. Despite being small, it really is an interesting historical place of worship that has served the Chinese community in Bali for well over 100 years.

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