Penglipuran Indigenous Village

Penglipuran Traditional Village is located in Kubu Village, Bangli Regency. Bali is an island that holds millions of enchanting beauty. In addition, Bali Island was known as island of a thousand temples because there are so many temples on the island with a beautiful landscape. Bali is also often referred as island of a million cultures because of the diversity of cultural symbols and customs that are still strongly attached to the people of Bali.

Scenic beauty and culture of people who have made Bali became a major tourist destination for both local and foreign tourists. Natural beauty combine with elements of local culture and tourism management are well made Bali gain many awards in the field of tourism. Some of the awards which was acquired in 2009 include an award as “The Best Exotic Destination” from Luxury Travel Magazine, London, England, “The Best Island” The Asia-Pacific from Destin Asia magazine based in Hong Kong, and award ‘The Best Spas In The World “from Senses Magazine Wellnes.

Penglipuran Traditional Village
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As well as a charming beach, Bali turned out to have a tourist attraction which presents the cultural charm of the local population and their daily activities. The object is Penglipuran Indigenous Village. In good fortune Penglipuran which has become customary since 1992, the village is a rural area in Bali which has a regular order, both physically and village governance structures, and it can’t be separated from cultural values that were held by the public. Although this area was a traditional village which is still maintains traditions of Bali, you do not imagine that the occupants were a group of people who are blind primitive technology. Young children in this village nearly all his education, even many of which continue up to university level.

Even so, the young children weren’t shy to love there. They were proud to preserve its culture. Penglipuran name itself has several meanings. Some say that Penglipuran derived from the basic word that means “remember”, and pretend that it means “ancestral land”. So, Penglipuran defined as “remembering ancestral lands.” The second meaning is “penglipur” or entertainer. In addition, there is also another meaning, namely relaxation. This is because since the days of the kingdom in Bali, the village has become a thing about resting place.

Penglipuran Indigenous Villages located at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level. Therefore, Penglipuran has the cool air. In this village there are awig-awig (rules) about hygiene, waste disposal systems, as well as landscaping. Therefore, Penglipuran village was very clean and comfortable. The main road is stretching from north to south are not made of asphalt, but from the rock mountain that is modified into paving.

Penglipuran people’s homes are all in the form of Balinese traditional house which is divided into two parts, the west and east. All the houses have the same form of the front. This section is made of soil material for walls and bamboo for the roof. The front of the house has angkul-angkul or gate which functioned as a building guard. On the religious holy days, this section will be a place of offerings and is used as a place of worship.

Penglipuran Traditional Village
Penglipuran Traditional Village

The atmosphere is quiet and beautiful village and the air is cool and free of pollutants into the main magnet that attracts tourists to visit this place. Residents are friendly and unpretentious. Penglipuran also become an attraction for tourists who feel stifled by the atmosphere of a busy and chaotic city. Being in Penglipuran can make your mind and your body fresher. Topography of Penglipuran very unique, almost similar to the Balinese system of rice field terraces (Subak). Village Gate is located in the most high, the entry into, the more gently sloping contours. The houses were lined from top to bottom. Among the houses has a very clean street. Village roads will be crowded in the afternoon when people unwind after work while mingle with their neighbors, just talking or fighting cock (tajen).

Another specialty which is owned by the Village is the concept of spatial thing about the village that is aligned with the spatial concept in Hinduism. Village territory is divided into three parts called the tri mandala. In the north corner of the village there is a shrine (the main theater), namely Pura Bale Agung, which became mecca Hindus. Furthermore, in the middle there are parks and residential homes. This location is called the middle mandala. Meanwhile, in the lowest part (mandala insult), there is a cemetery complex (Setra).

The concept of tri mandala does not only apply to village spatial layout but also for residential homes. Each plot home residents Penglipuran divided into three parts. On the front page, there are buildings angkul-angkul and empty space called Natah; the center is the family gathering place, and at the very back there toilet, where the clothesline, or corral.

Penglipuran Traditional Village
Penglipuran Traditional Village

As indigenous villagers who still adhere to traditions and cultural values, the population of  Penglipuran often perform various rituals, both undertaken by each family as well as rituals that held residents of the village. If you visit this village during religious or ceremonial procession took place, then you can feel the privilege and uniqueness of Indigenous Village Penglipuran.

As an alternative tourist destination in Bali, this traditional village has been quite popular among tourists. However, until now there is no facility or home stay accommodation is available at this traditional village. Although there are no lodging facilities in this village, you do not need to worry. In the vicinity of Penglipuran there are many hotels and inns with varying price ranges.

At this time, which is being scheduled by community Penglipuran Traditional Village is providing toilet facilities (shower, sink, toilet) international standard. This relates to the purposes of tourism which tourists will be healthy. Indigenous Villages Penglipuran easy reach, either by using a car or motorcycle, because it is located on the main road Kintamani – Bangli. From Bangli city center, this village is 6 km north. Meanwhile, the city of Denpasar, the village is located about 45 km or approximately 1 hour drive. If you depart from Kintamani, you will only take approximately 30 minutes by motor vehicle.

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