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The location of Penglipuran Village is in Bangli regency. You can visit this village on the way to the Kintamani Tourist Destination with distance about 45km or 1 hour from Denpasar by car. The location is about 700 asl, it make this village has enough fresh air. Penglipuran is one of the Tourism Village in Bali. Something interest about this village is not only the uniqueness customs and culture. Tourists come to this village because of the beauty and neatness of his village as well.
THE HISTORY OF PENGLIPURAN VILLAGE
Penglipurans believe that their ancestors came from Bayung Gede village, Kintamani. During the Bangli Kingdom Era, Bayung Gede poeple was trusted by the king. Most of the are Kingdoms Army who commissioned many in war and other royal events during the . King gave the a special place for some trusted people to stay in Penglipuran the location of Bayung Gede village is far away from the center of the kingdom. Penglipuran formerly referred as “Kubu Bayung” which means the small place for the Bayung Gede people.
There are some meanings of the word “Penglipuran”.
THE UNIQUENESS OF PENGLIPURAN AS TOURISM VILLAGE
Penglipuran Tourism Village has some uniqueness in terms of both the culture and the beauty of the village. The village consists of only 76 Houses with almost the same architectural design. The 76 house is a major family (Krama Pengarep) which has responsibility for all obligations of the cultural customs and Temple . The 76 houses lined up neatly along the main street of the village. Penglipuran structure is divided into three parts, First part is the upper part which is a sacred building (Temple), middle part (residential area) and downstream (Funeral and agriculture).
We will see the same building gate (angkul-angkul) with a roof that made from bamboo. Each house has a same spacious yard . which have some of main building in the form of holy places (temples), a traditional kitchen complete with granary in it, Bale Dangin (place for the preparing of offering and some ceremony related with humans), bale daja (Residential), bathroom and the location of livestock.
Every houses should have a connecting door to neighbor. Penglipurans has a philosophy to uphold the harmony and peace between them. For example, if one family member passed away, it is not allowed for family members to announce to the residents of the village. In this case the incumbent is left and right neighbors. This rule allows that each family member should have a harmonious relationship with other family.
Penglipurans upholds their fidelity and polygamy is not allowed. This is governed by customary rules with the social sanctions for people who violate. In addition to loss of rights in the customs and Temple, society has also provided special land for their stay. Community Penglipuran named with the term “Karang Memadu”. Their fidelity proved by bare land on “Karang Memadu” area.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN PENGLIPURAN VILLAGE
Many things that tourist can be seen and enjoyed in Penglipuran Tourism Village.
Temple. Temple in Penglipuran be very special with the background of the village with flanked by rows gate houses on the left and right main street.
Rows Gate House. Rows line of gate houses along the main street makes this village look beautiful and presentable. The entire roof of the gate made from bamboo and the small park in front of the fence (telajakan) which make more beautiful with countryside impression.
Bamboo Forest. Penglipuran still has a bamboo forest of 45 acres (4,500 m2), which maintained it’s existence. People still keep and keep the forest sacred, so it is not allowed to take and use bamboo vain. Need a special day to cut it, and even then only be used in religious ceremonies and maintaining the temples. Travelers can do trekking in the jungle while observing some kind of bamboo.
Homestay. Some homestay available for tourists who want to enjoy and feel the atmosphere and be a part of this village.
Culinary. Penglipuran have a typical drink called “Loloh Cemcem”. Loloh cemcem is a traditional drink made from coconut water mixed with the juice of the leaves, and special traditional spices. In addition, Penglipuran also make traditional cakes call “klepon” made from purple sweet potatoes.