1. Culture attractions
Agriculture has always been central Balinese culture. Rice was, and still is, the most important corp. It is no exaggeration to say that the Balinese are famed as being the most efficient rice growers in the archipelago. Thus, the ceremonial racing of bull is a celebration of that which is central to Balinese culture. A Balinese is a farmer by professional and artist by birth. The people live around their God their deities. No activity would be considered complete without ceremony. No ceremony would be complete without festivity, art, performance and decoration.
Megoak goakan is a traditional dance which is performed before Nyepi (Seclusion Day). It is usually held in Panji village. The name of Megoak-goakan derives from the word Burung Goak or Raven Bird in English. This kind of performance tells about how the Raven birds hunt their preys.
Gebug Ende is a dance that is almost the same motion martial arts movements, but uses a means of Tamiang (shield) made of cow leather and use a cane as a tool of the bat. This dance is no different than like a one-on-one duel with one another stroke back. This dance is usually performed during the long dry season months of October in order to invoke rain and as a means to drive away the plague.
Throughout the world, Bali is well known for its unique art and culture. Buleleng is distinctive and full of contrast. The dynamic style can also be found in northern dancing. “Tari Teruna Jaya”, a popular dance with its dynamic movement was invented in Buleleng. Besides, Buleleng has some other dances and performances; those are Joged, Janger, Wayang (shadow play), Genggong and Genjek.
Joged is secular dance created mainly for entertainment. In the old days “Joged” was called, Joged Bumbung”. Joged means to dance and “bumbung” means “tube”. In those days the instruments accompanying the dance where made of bamboo. They were made of several sizes of bamboo tube; it produces a variety of tones. That was why this kind of performance was called “Joged Bumbung”.
Janger is performance danced by two rows of boys and girls, sitting on the floor facing each other. The girls wear crowns decorated with flower spikes. The boys wear hear dresses and painted moustaches.
Wayang (Shadow Puppet Play)
Wayang is said to derive from the word “baying” which means “shadow”. During the play the audiences focus their attention on the shadow of leather puppets on the screen played by the “Dalang” the mystic narrator, from behind the screen. Behind the screen a special coconut oil lamp is hung above the Dalang’s head to light the screen. The flickering affect of the fire enhances the motion of the puppet shadows. Two sets of leather puppets are stuck on a banana trunk at the foot of the screen.
Genggong is an old Balinese musical instrument. Genggong is made of the skin of palm-leaf stem, approximately 10 to 20 cm long. A string is attached to the instrument to make a variety of rhythm when the string is pulled.
Genjek come into existence spontaneously among Balinese people who like drinking “tuak” (home produced palm beer), particularly in North Bali or in Regency of Buleleng. The form of this performance is dominated by vocal songs.
3. Historical Heritage
It is situated on the northern coast in Singaraja. In the old days when Singaraja was the capital of Nusa Tenggara Province Singaraja was an important shipping centre. The decision to move the capital of Bali from the north to the south of Bali, after Nusa Tenggara was divided into three provinces, made Buleleng, Harbour less important. The decline of Buleleng Harbour was made complete with the development of the way seaport in Celukan Bawang, approximately 40 kilometres west of Singaraja. In the ex-Buleleng Harbour, next to dilapidated ex-KPM office, there is Chinese Temple (called “Klenteng”), a colourful conspicuously Chinese architecture. A rejuvenation program (in frame-work of Bali city beautifying program) was launched by the Governor of Bali and was executed by the Regent of Buleleng in 1970.
Puri (Buleleng Royal Palace)
The Royal Palace of Singaraja, often referred to as the Puri Agung or Puri Gede, was built by Raja Ki Gusti Anglurah Pandji Sakti on March 30th, 1604. This became the beginning of the Kingdom of Buleleng. Historically Radja Ki Gusti Anglurah Pandji Sakti once ruled from Java to Timor Indonesia. Although without any political power nowadays, the Royal Family and their Palace represent an important part of North Bali's rich, cultural heritage.
Pura Meduwe Karang
The temple is located in the village of Kubutambahan 12 kilometres east of Singaraja. The most attractive of all is an official riding a bicycle. It is said the idea of carving the bicycle derived from a young Dutch artist named W.O.J. to travel around the island of Bali by bicycle. That was the first bicycle ever seen in Bali.
Pura Dalem Jagaraga
It is located in the village Jagara, 12 kilometres south east of Singaraja. In the village of Sangsit, turn right at T-Junction and take notice of the sigh “Pura Dalem Jagaraga” detecting you to the temple. The village of Jagaraga is well known for its “Puputan Jagaraga”, battle onto the death against the Dutch in Bali in 1848 under the command of the Prince Anak Agung Jelantik.
Pura Dalem Sangsit
Not far from Beji temple, approximately half a kilometre away, is “Pura Dalem”, the Temple of the dead, a temple for revering the deities of death and afterlife. The reliefs depict the Balinese mythology “Bima in Heaven”. The bas-reliefs of the temple show examples of these punishments and rewards such as a woman being tortured for having committed adultery; a woman’s breast is being suckled by a caterpillar for not being able to bear children.
Pura Beji or Beji Temple is located in the village of Sangsit, 8 kilometres east of Singaraja, a temple dedicated to the rice goddess “Dewi Sri”. This temple belongs to the members of the local irrigation board called “Subak”, rice farmers who formed a society with authority to allocate available water for irrigation purposes.
It is located in Kalibukbuk tourism area. Lovina beach area has its main beach characteristics with calm sea water, blackish-colored sand and coral reefs with tropical fish. Because the nature of the sea is calm, Lovina is very suitable for water recreation such as diving, snorkeling, rowing and swimming.
Buleleng museum was built in 1999. Buleleng museum has valuable historical collections such as many ancient materials, paintings and sarcophagus. Some photographs of famous artists and some pictures of sacred temples in North Bali are also displayed in this museum.
Gedong Kertya is a manuscript library. Some documents about traditional medication, Balinese literature, myths, religious texts, Balinese traditional folks and sacred art are available in this place. All of the manuscripts are hand written texts which are wrote down on the special palm leaf strips “rontal”, member of palm family.
Singa Ambara Raja Statue (Winged Lion Statue)
The “Singa Ambara Raja” (Winged Lion) is the symbol of Buleleng Regency. The statue of Singa Ambara Raja is erected at the middle of the T-junction at the front of the office of Local Government of Buleleng. This statue has become a popular landmark of North Bali, Buleleng Regency.
Bhuana Kertha Monument
It is located in Panji Villag. The monument, the “Buwana Kertha Monument” was built to fulfil the promise or pact made by the members of the army that fought the Dutch in 1948. The base of the monument is built in the shape of a pentagon to represent the five creeds or Pancasila, the basis of state philosophy of the Republic of Indonesia.
Sidetapa is located approximately 20 kilometres west of Singaraja, the capital of the regency. The name of Sidetapa derives from the word, Sida, meaning “Wounded” and “tapa” meaning concentration of thought or meditation.
Banjar Buddist Monastery
This monastery is located in the village of Banjar Tegeha, 18 kilometres west Singaraja, 2 kilometres south of Singaraja-Seririt main road. The impressive features are a huge temple bell, donated from Thailand, panels’ depicting Buddha Fables, and Buddha Sculptures.
Pulaki Temple is located in the village of Banyupoh, 53 kilometres west of Singaraja. It is perched on a slope of a cliff and it is just 25 meters from the beach. Pulaki Temple is one of several “Dang Kahyangan” in Bali, dedicated and revered by Hindu devotes regardless of where they are.
Jayaprana (Teluk Terima)
Teluk Terima is a place where I Nyoman Jayaprana died. This tomb is located in the West Bali National Park area. This cemetery located on a hill overlooking a bay called the Teluk Terima. From this place we can see the beautiful panorama of the bay.
Julah Village is an old village that still has many megalithic archeological heritages. It is located in Tejakula District + 29 Km east of Singaraja City. Most of the villagers are farmers and fishermen. This village is famous with its Baris sacred dance.
Sembiran village is the oldest village settlements which is located in hilly areas in the Tejakula District + 30 Km east of Singaraja City. The houses in this village are lined up into the hills following the contours. This village still keeps its traditional life such as language, culture and traditional ceremony. Various archeologists from many countries have visited this village.
4. Traditional Market
Pasar Anyar is the biggest traditional market in Buleleng. It is located in the centre of Singaraja City. The visitor can have all of the harvests, various households and all stuffs for daily needs in this market. The prices are certainly negotiable in this market.
5. Places of interest
Menjangan Island is a coral island located at the northwest corner of Bali. Here the beauty and mystery of underwater life can be discovered. Its part of the West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat) and all life here is protected, Park Rangers in Labuhan Lalang. Menjangan Island is 76 kilometres west of Singaraja.
Labuhan Lalang has a nice long jetty and a marina stocked with boats for divers out to nearby Nusa Menjangan. It is setting on the sea nearby West Bali National Park. The visitors can go to Menjangan Island form this jetty.
Banjar Hot Spring
It is located in Banjar Village, Banjar District approximately 19 kilometers west of Singaraja. Many tourists from all over the world have visited this place. The hot water that comes from the surrounding hills is flowed to the multi-swimming pools.
Banyuwedang Hot Spring
Banyuwedang hot spring is situated 60 kilometres west of Singaraja. The source of the mineral hot water is hot water spring located close to the beach and use to be underwater at high tide. This area is part of Batu Ampar tourism development area which is expected to be developed into an upper market tourism resort.
Rice Terrace Ambengan
Ambengan village is situated on a green hill in the Sukasada district. Because of this area is located in hilly areas, the majority of the villagers are farmers. This village is decorated with beautiful rice field terraces.
Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan
It is located in the village of Pancasari, 24 kilometres south of Singaraja on the route Denpasar-Bedugul-Singaraja. Not far from Lake Buyan is Lake Tamblingan. After ascending about 1 kilometre from Lake Buyan, turn left at the junction. On the left can be seen Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan, it looks like a twin lake.
The water is cascading down 35 meters splashing onto the boulders below. Taking into account the steady increase of visitors, the Local Government of Buleleng considered that more facilities must be built. A hotel “Hotel Gitgit”, a restaurant and a car park have come on stream.
Melanting waterfall is located in Munduk Village, Banjar district. This waterfall is in the middle of the coffee and clove forest. Splashing water and the sound of small birds and locusts, and the atmosphere gives a natural impression for visitors.
Wanagiri Monkey forest is located in Bedugul area, Pancasari village, Sukasasa district approximately 24 kilometers from Singaraja. Along the street, from the junction of Banyuatis-Singaraja the visitors can see the tame local monkeys closer and feed them.
Air Sanih is a natural swimming pool. The water in this pool flows from underground river connected to Lake Batur. Air Sanih is located in Sanih Village, Kubutambahan district + 17 Km east of Singaraja City. Some small accommodations and restaurants are also available in this tourist object.
It is located in quite, unspoiled and peaceful beach + 50 Km west of Singaraja City, exactly in Pemuteran Village. The beach in this area contains beautiful coral reef which is good for diving and snorkeling activity. Besides the visitors can also enjoy the wonderful sunset that is backed by Semeru mountain in East Java. Some good accommodations, clinic and restaurants can be found around this area.
Buleleng regency has been blessed with a beautiful mountainous landscape and a very fertile land. Agriculture aspect in this regency has occupied almost 80% of the area, you will find many kind of the agriculture products.
The rice field is placed beautifully in Rice terrace, highland produce vegetables while local fruits are mostly varietals. During the dry season of local fruit which is usually between November – January, you will find so many kind of it, durian, rambutan, mango, mangostin and some local fruits those rarely found in another places.
Along the coat line the grape grows nicely and a winery has been existing to follow up the product.
Balinese is well-known for the wooden carving and painting, in Buleleng the handicraft is more to the needs of daily activities. It is in ambengan village where the people do handicraft for living, even though the island is fertile – the man and women make handicraft among the time of farming.
The specific things is that all handicraft in the village created out of natural sources such as bamboo, leafs, etc. Now, Ambengan village have became the handicraft village, producing many kinds of product such as bamboo basket, photo frame, etc. your visit to Ambengan village will gives you another view of life survival, a compassion for nature and the faith in life itself.