“Puri Singaraja” Royal Palace which is also locally referred to various names such as “Puri Agung Singaraja” after the name of the town and “Puri Gede Buleleng” after the name of the kingdom, is the home of the late ruler of North Bali, “Ki Gusti Anglurah Pandji Sakti”. The palace was founded in the 17th century and represents a significant part in the rich, cultural heritage of the region. The palace is a primary stop-off on tours to Singaraja Town, with the Gedong Kirtya ancient Balinese manuscripts museum located nearby.
Puri Singaraja Royal Palace is situated on Jalan Mayor Metra in the centre of the town. You can drop in anytime for a palace tour. Inside the palace, you will witness beautiful Balinese architecture through the custodian family’s main living quarters, the unique network of interconnecting courtyards and the royal family’s shrines and temples. If you are lucky, you might have the royal family’s elder, Anak Agung Ngurah Brawida as your host, who is a fluent speaker of English. He will proudly show you around the palace quarters, including the family’s old “lontar” manuscript or chronicles, too.
When you walk around the palace you will see large portraits of the royal family hanging on the walls. There is also a separate pavilion that shows all the personal belongings of Brawida’s late grandfather, late author Pandji Tisna, who was also the founder of Lovina Beach with the first hotel in the area of North Bali that he built. Here you will also see copies of his books which are earliest examples of modern Balinese literature, early international newspaper clippings about Lovina, preserved photographs, his large portrait and his old but undamaged typewriter on display.
The Royal Palace of Singaraja opens from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Administratively, it is located on Jalan Mayor Metra, Singaraja Town, Buleleng Regency, Bali province, Indonesia.Until now, the people of Buleleng are still proud of the remains of Buleleng Royal Palace that was founded by the Dynasty of the well-known “Ki Barak Panji Sakti”. Today, Buleleng has two royal palaces namely one which is situated on Jalan Mayor Metra and the other is located on Jalan Gajah Mada.
All the buildings and their contents that include beds, guest rooms, landscape, family shrines, libraries and weapons are kept sacred and carefully maintained by the royal family. Travelers can visit the palaces during their visit to North Bali.
Royal Palace of Singaraja which is often referred to as “Puri Agung” or “Puri Gede”, was built by the king “Ki Gusti Anglurah Pandji Sakti” on March 30th, 1604 which became the beginning of the Kingdom of Buleleng in North Bali. Nowadays the palace has no political power; the Royal Family and their Palace represent a significant part of the rich, cultural heritage of North Bali.
Visitors can take a walk down the meandering lanes and speak to some of the family who are still in residence in the palace and mostly they speak excellent English. They will take you back to 400 years of history as though the events happened yesterday. Visitors may love the greatness of the buildings and it certainly makes them feel like they were experiencing the lifestyle of a king for