Singaraja

'Singa' means lion, and "Raja" - the king, that’s why you can see this statue of winged lions from the entrants and exit of the city.
In spite of the fact that city is estimated at 80 thousand people, the city was impressed by the quiet and a little desert. In addition, quite hot  if we  compare with the southern coast, where is  cool wind blowing now, and feeling the  Southern Hemisphere winter.
One of the main attractions (I already wrote about it here) is a monument raised to  Ketut Merta, who was killed by the Dutch  patrol  during the struggle for independence at the moment when he raised the Indonesian flag to replace the Dutch.

Yudha Mandala Tama, the monument was erected at the Bay in 1987.
 

 
Cozy restaurants on stilts.

 
Nearby of the monument you can see  the oldest Buddhist temple in Bali, with  the traditionally beautiful red roof and gilded Chinese characters and symbols of yin-yang on the walls.

 
The temple is known as Ling Kwang Kyong, which means "the palace of power", another name is Klenten. It was built in 1873. According to ancient manuscripts, which were found in the statue, preserved a letter written in Chinese, which confirm that the temple was built in '12 Toin Che counting from Ching dynasty. Caretakers of the temple were very hospitable and well talking in English, and I did not miss the opportunity to come in and look around in my first time of visiting this temple. 
Outside the temple is very beautiful, painted into red color  - the color of joy.


 

The main entrance to the temple.

 
The temple is decorated with frescoes of deities, painted by hand.


 

Taking off the shoes  and passed inside, I did not make any photo  , but the ministers of the temple, literally insisted, saying that I can only without
the  altar. During the conversation, I understands  that in14 of  August there  was a celebration, which is counted by the lunar calendar, so dates are not the same from year to year, but usually all celebration in  August. With great trepidation, and even the first thing they showed me a bell ringer in Kent, UK, in 1800.
 


 

During photo session of  the bell, I paid  attention to the painted walls, but did not immediately realized what is depicted. Then the ministers were kindly  explain  to me that this is   Chinese horoscope, and that each year corresponds to the animal and its anticipated characteristic properties, according to a 12-year cycle. But when I said that I knew what it was about and that we have in Russia the same and in  very popular, they were surprised and started asking who I was on the sign of the zodiac. In response: the rabbit, we quickly found the picture on the wall, and one of the ministersof the temple called the characteristics of rabbits: the mind, passion, harmony.
6 signs  depicted on the one  wall and 6 on another.
During the ceremonies ministers beat in this drum.

 
Inside the temple everything were  surprisingly calm and I did not wanted to leave. This  religion have something harmonious and wise ...
But a little bit more about Singaraja. There is a library Gedon Curtis [Gedong Kertya], founded by the Dutch in 1928, where keeps the stores of  Balinese manuscripts, written or scratched with a knife on palm leaves. Inside ancient manuscripts are usually stored medicinal recipes and information of  Balinese pedigrees.

 
We also visited  Lovina and Banjara, the stories you can  read in the next post.