Buleleng Museum is one of the historical tourism site that is considered relatively new located nearby Museum Gedong Kertya precisely a few meters to the east, at Jalan Veteran no. 23, still in the puri art sasana cultural area. It was officially opened for public on March 30, 2002. The museum filled with many ancient collections such as statues, sarcophagi, weapons and other relics.
The museum was built based on the idea of a culturalist and artist, who determined to preserve the cultural heritage of northern Bali. Because the museum is still fairly new, it needs some development for its rooms and facilities to make the visitors feel more comfortable while visiting this museum.
Almost all historical items stored in this museum belong to the family of King Buleleng Ki Gusti Anglurah Panji Sakti and also donations from the next generation of the families. Inside, there is a special chamber for displaying art objects, grouped according to the age and function of the item. Types chambers in this museum are historical chamber, ethnology, prehistoric room, art room and “Panji Sakti” room.
Gedong Kirtya Museum is located in the complex of Sasana Budaya, where also the Puri Agung, the old palace of the Buleleng Kingdom—realizing the potential of the library as a tourist attraction and its historically interesting location, ex-Bupati of Buleleng Drs. Ketut Wirata Sindhu in 2008 decided to upgrade the Gedong Kirtya library into a full museum.This museum collects, copies and preserves thousands of lontar (manuscripts made of palm leaf), “prasasti” (transcriptions on metal plates) and books. All of those ancient writings contain various information about human life, such as religion, architecture, philosophy, genealogy, homoeopathy, “usada” (medical manuscripts), black magic, and so on, in the Balinese, Kawi (old Javanese) and the Dutch, English and German language.Gedong Kirtya Museum has two arch gates that are still original and well preserved. In each entrance, there is any information about what years it was manufactured. The outer gate was made on June 3, 1939, and the inner gate was made on May 31, 1933. Both of these arch gates look ancient and original made of brick, cement and sand. Some parts of the gates are decorated with relief of Mahabarata puppet stories. Based on the information from the head of the museum, there were only two main buildings back in a few decades ago, the Kirtya Building as a place to store palm trees, and warehouse building located at the back area of museum. Now there are five new buildings in the museum area, three office buildings, a traditional pavilion called bale bengong for multi-functioned purposes and a toilet. The Kirtya Building was made during the Dutch colonial period, which later then handed to a Dutch foundation, then Bali Documentation Center, and on 1986 it was finally given to the Buleleng Regency government. In the museum yard, there is a beautiful garden area that is decorated with pule trees (local variant of palm trees commonly grown for gardenscape), red frangipanis trees and carpet of green grass.Gedong Kirtya was built in Singaraja by a Dutchman named L.J.J Caron who came to Bali to meet with kings and religious leaders to discuss about Bali literary arts (lontar). He believed that all lontar that were stored in Gedong Kirtya is a treasure that should be preserved so that it won’t be damaged or lost. Before known as the museum, this area was known as a foundation named “Kirtya Lefrink – Van der Tuuk” which was deliberately established to protect Balinese literary arts. F. A Lefrink was an assistant regent of the Dutch government in Bali who was very interested in Balinese Culture and also had written many books about Bali and Lombok. He also worked together with Dr H. Van der Tuuk, who was a historian who gave his land and buildings to be used as this museum.Read more...
Banjar Hot Springs is one of the must-visit attractions when you are visiting Lovina. After purchasing entry tickets, you need to walk about 200 meters through lines of local shops.
Once arriving at the entryway, there will be a small concessions area and a restaurant nearby. There are changing rooms (free of charge) and lockers for rent. You also must pay to use the toilets unless you are a customer of the restaurant or spa nearby.
There are three natural pools in the spring area. The smaller, highest tub is the warmest with a bench on one side and lion spigots on the opposite side with water dropping for a light massaging action. The water is not boiling hot, more of a warm bath water temperature in the highest pool and a little cooler in the larger pools.
There are a couple of outdoor freshwater showers with soap (keep you suit on) for after soaking in the spring water. Read more...
Brahmavihara-Arama is a majestic Buddhist monastery complex, perched high up in the hills. Partly damaged by earthquakes in the mid-’70s, it is now part sparkly new and pristine, but some features are still comfortably old and worn. Part of the latest additions include a representation of Buddha under a Bodhi tree and two pagodas destroyed by the earthquake. You can stay here and attend classes. A meditation class was in progress the day we visited, which meant the vibe was wonderfully quiet and respectful. A Magical place. Read more...
One of Bali’s tallest waterfalls with a height of nearly 40 meters, Gitgit Waterfall is surrounded by the lush untouched natural jungle.
The location is pretty remote (up in the north part of Bali) and requires heavy driving from most of the tourist areas in the south like Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu (more than two hours drive). Like most waterfalls in Bali, you will need to do some trekking for about 15 minutes from the parking spot.
The rivers around Gitgit Waterfall are also famous for rafting. Many rafting tour operators also provide transportation service for their guests, so you don’t have to worry about reaching the site.
The cold splash of water that comes on your face bringing a whiff of fresh air, rejuvenates you instantly. Soaking in the natural pool below the falls is a fun thing to do, but it can be very risky as well.
Some tourists reported some issues related to scamming activity in Gitgit where they were charged a big amount of money for guide and entrance fee. When some approach you to offer a guide service or buy a ticket from them, refuse politely. Always buy directly from the official booth.
For a better experience, we suggest you come early in the morning to avoid tourists’ flocks, especially during the weekend.
The best time to visit is during the rainy season from January to March.