Introduction to the Penglipuran Village

Penglipuran Village is one of the traditional villages located in Bangli Regency, Bali Province, Indonesia. This village is famous as one of the tourist destinations in Bali because of its society which still preserves its traditional culture in its daily lives.

The architecture of buildings and land processing still follows the concept of Tri Hita Karana, the philosophy of Balinese society regarding the balance of relations between God, humans, and their environment. The village also offers manicured gardens that line the single stone-paved street that runs through the center of the village toward the local temple, and age-old arched entrance gates and walls conceal each house.

The total area of this village reaches 112 hectares with an altitude of 500–600 meters above the sea and is located about 5 kilometers from Bangli City and 45 kilometers from Denpasar City. Temperatures vary from cool too (16-29 degrees) and average rainfall is around 2000 mm per year. The ground surface is considered flat with a height of 1–15 meters. Through the years, Penglipuran village has evolved into a community-based tourism destination.

In 1995, the community also received a Kalpataru award from the Indonesian Government for its efforts to protect the Bamboo Forest in their local ecosystem, ISTA (Indonesian Sustainable Tourism Award), and Sustainable Destination Top 100 version of the Green Destination Foundation.

Cultural information

Respecting their ancestors, the village still maintains traditional concepts and teachings. The concept, called Tri Hita Karana, is a philosophy of the Balinese Hindu that teaches about the harmony or balance between the relationship of God, humans, and the environment. Tri Hita Karana is also applied in the structure of the village itself through the concept of Tri Mandala. The layout of the village is divided into three parts: Parhyangan (sacred area), Pawongan (settlement area), and Palemahan (graveyard, farming area, etc). Moreover, Penglipuran village was also crowned as the 3rd cleanest village in the world!

There are three temples within Penglipuran village, they are Pura Penataran, Pura Dalem, and Pura Puseh. In the village, you can take a look at various interesting traditions. Some traditions you can witness at Penglipuran village include the annual Galungan day, which is celebrated every 210 days, the Ngusaba ritual, to celebrate the anniversary of the village, and the praying rituals held daily at the temples of the village. You can witness these ceremonies as long as you follow their etiquette to respect the locals and to avoid any inconveniences.


Transport to Penglipuran Village 

Due to there being no public transportation to get to this village, the visitor normally will come with a driver, take a taxi, and may rent a scooter to visit this village. The community provides four large parking areas for visitors and you should park your car in one of them because it is forbidden to bring motorized vehicles into the inner side of the village.

Getting around Penglipuran Village 

To get more cultural experience around the village it is recommended for visitors have a local guide to take them around the village. The community provides some locals with fluent English to guide and share with you about the uniqueness of the village.


What's good to eat in Penglipuran Village 

Your trip wouldn’t be complete without tasting the culinary delights of Penglipuran village. The local cuisines that you should try in this village are tipat cantok and loloh cemcem. Tipat cantok is a food made from ketupat, an Indonesian rice cake, which is cut up and mixed with various boiled vegetables and stirred with peanut sauce. Meanwhile, Loloh Cemcem is a traditional drink of the Penglipuran village which is made up of assorted herbs that produce a bold green color.

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    Information about the accommodation in Penglipuran Village 

    Currently, the village has almost 26-room households working as suitable homestays and restaurants. There are 3 guest houses located on the Heart cooperative compound.

    Almost all homestays which are located in Penglipuran village have Facebook pages as well as Google Maps, which will make it easier for people to find them. During your stay, tourists can interact with the locals to learn more about cultural experiences.

    Each homestay has its own activity like learning Balinese dance, cooking with locals, making Canang as an offering, and having breakfast on the street of the village.

    Top tips for you to stay in Penglipuran Village 

    If you want to blend in with the locals, you can choose to stay with them at their homes. There are several types of home staying options you could choose from a small-sized home, a medium-sized home, or a guest house. The ever-friendly people of Penglipuran village will always welcome those who visit the village with open arms, as long as you keep following their etiquette while staying there.


    Entertainment in Penglipuran Village

    The village gives different types of cultural experiences for visitors it will be part of a memorable experience for your entire life.

    The authentic cooking class is one of the local activities that people do during their visit. Learning with local chefs how to cook authentic dishes and enjoy the authentic food that you made.

    Making Gebogan is also the other actors do by visitors during their visit which is a form of offering in the form and arrangement of fruits, snacks, and flowers created by Hindus in Bali. Gebogan is made from various fruits and snacks arranged on a pan. Then, these ingredients are stuck in a small banana tree so they don’t fall and are arranged according to the creativity of the maker.

    Gebogan is a form of the offering made of fruits arranged towering upwards. Balinese women who have been wearing traditional Balinese traditional clothing will walk in one line while putting on the Gebogan on their head toward the time when there is a religious ceremony as a gratitude of the Balinese community to the creator because it has been given fruits and foods abundantly.

    About a hundred meters outside of Penglipuran village, you can traverse a beautiful 45-hectare bamboo forest on foot or by riding a bicycle. The bamboo forest offers a lot of awesome photo spots to look out for. As a part of the Parhyangan area, the locals considered this bamboo forest a sacred place. In an effort to respect their ancestors, the locals strived to maintain a balance between humans and their environment by protecting this sacred bamboo forest at all costs.

    Immerse your evening while having your authentic dinner in the main street of the village served by local people with a full memorable experience.