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A few kilometres northeast of Singaraja you can see an excellent example of the colourful architectural style of north Bali. Sangsit’s Pura Beji is a temple for the subak (village association of rice-growers), dedicated to the goddess Dewi Sri, who looks after irrigated rice fields. The over-the-top sculptured panels along the front wall set the tone with cartoonlike demons and amazing naga (mythical snakelike creatures). The inside also has a variety of sculptures covering every available space. It’s 500m off the main road towards the coast.
The Pura Dalem (Temple of the Dead) shows scenes of punishment in the afterlife, and other humorous, sometimes erotic, pictures. You’ll find it in the rice fields, about 500m northeast of Pura Beji.
Buses and bemo going east from Singaraja’s Penarukan terminal will stop at Sangsit.