Bali is most famous for its tropical sandy beaches, exotic Hindu temples, traditional dances, artistic souvenirs, monkey forest, etc. However, the island has so much more to offer and if you want to see how Balinese live before modernization several hundred years ago, you should visit a village named Penglipuran. Located 45 km from Denpasar, the capital city of Bali, Penglipuran village boost quaint architectures in the countryside and still practise ancient traditions. To see the real Bali, don’t miss this village while you are in town.
Home to the Bali Mula people, this village is located in the highlands around the foot of Mount Batur, in Kubu subdistrict, Bangli regency, around 45 kilometers from Denpasar. The surroundings are quite and lush, and blessed with a cool climate thanks to the altitude.
Located not too far from Kintamani and set along a hilly countryside, the village of Penglipuran is a delightful, well-kept village composed of wide, brick roads, lined with rows of charming, antique traditional houses interspersed with neatly manicured gardens. The village is traditionally constructed, remaining true to traditional methods of bamboo architecture. In this bamboo village, almost everything around you is made from the abundant plant; kitchens, majestic gates and doorways, furniture, roofs and gates. Many of the styles and creations, such as the bamboo roof shingles, are unique to this little community and not found elsewhere.
Most definitely, the beauty of the village radiates from its cleanliness. This is because, here the significance of environmental awareness is part and parcel of daily culture and is taught since early childhood for generations. Both local villagers and tourists are not allowed to throw trash carelessly, while smokers are only allowed to smoke in certain designated smoking areas. As part of the environmental friendly activities, every month all housewives of the village gather to collect and sort the trash. The organic trash will be processed into fertilizers while plastics and other inorganic trash are sold for recycling or collected in a “trash bank”.
Visitors may visit the village any time of the year, but the best time to visit Penglipuran is nearing the Galungan religious festivities. On these days, the village will be decorated with rows of “penjor” or decorative bamboo poles on which are suspended unique accessories. At these occasions, you will also see young girls in Balinese traditional dress carry towering banten of trays of offerings on their head as they step gracefully from each home to the village pura or Hindu temple.
Panglipuran has unique traditional houses that all look similar from the front, which makes the village look neat and pretty. Visitors will particularly enjoy strolling along the village’s main avenue that goes up the hill.
The village is said to be divided into three parts in accordance with Tri Hita Karana, a concept that acknowledges the relationship humans share with other humans, nature and God. Another unique thing about Panglipuran is that no vehicles are allowed to enter, hence cars and motorcycles must be parked in the dedicated parking lot. Similar to Tenganan village, Panglipuran also prohibits polygamy.
Visitors can expect to be greeted by friendly locals who may even invite you to their homes as a guest.
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