Mesmerizing Penglipuran Village

Penglipuran Village is a tourist village with beautiful scenery. (Photo: Rayi Gigih/IO)

IO – A traditional village that has developed into a charming tourist destination: Penglipuran Village is crowded with delighted local and foreign visitors. This village is located 45 km from Denpasar, precisely in Kubu Village, Bangli District, Bangli Regency, Bali. 

When you arrive at Penglipuran Village, you will be greeted with a row of neatly arranged traditional houses complete with penjor hanging in each house. This traditional village is not only famous for its traditional nuances, but is also known for the beauty, coolness, and cleanliness of the rural environment. Also, the friendliness of the people complements the ambience for those visiting this village. 

Legend tells us how Penglipuran Village was traditionally a place of rest and retirement for Balinese kings who wanted to have a calm and peaceful atmosphere. It fits the name “Penglipuran” which means entertainer. And when viewed from the origin of its name, “Pengeling Pura” is a sacred place to commemorate the ancestors. 

Therefore, Penglipuran Village is one of a number of traditional villages in Bali that still adhere to Balinese customs and culture. This can be seen from the daily life of the inhabitants, who are still able to maintain traditions, traditional rituals, and various other local wisdom. 

This 112-hectare traditional village is a rural area that has an environmentall- friendly layout and architecture. The atmosphere is very cool and beautiful, as no motorized vehicles are allowed to pass through the village. 

The concept of spatial planning for customary settlements in Penglipuran Village adheres to the trimandala principle. The concept is functionally and the level of holiness is divided into three different spaces, namely the main room, madya, and nista. The location of these three rooms stretches from the north side, which symbolizes the mountain element to the south side which symbolizes the sea element. In the middle of it lies a straight village road with steps as the central axis that divides madya. 

Right at the end of the north side stands a sacred building in the form of Penataran Temple as a place of worship for residents. Meanwhile, madya contains dozens of houses with Balinese architectural styles which are divided into two lines, namely the west side, with 38 houses and 38 houses on the east side. The village road as a divider in the middle is built using brush stones and is free from motorized vehicles. On the south side, there is a room for nista mandala, a place for those who have passed, aka a burial area. 

The architectural style of the houses in Penglipuran Village looks similar. The houses are equipped with gates. In the housing complex, there is always a small temple as a place of prayer for the homeowner. Also, there are barns and halls as places to entertain guests or tourists who stop by. Some of them have also been converted into stalls for visitors to rest while harmonizing in a beautiful village atmosphere. 

The concept of structuring that exists in Penglipuran Village is inseparable from the traditions and culture that have been firmly embraced from generation to generation by the local community. The combination of the architectural style of Balinese traditional settlements and open spaces that have been formed by the indigenous people of Penglipuran Village for a long time has made the atmosphere of a typical Balinese village thicker and more comfortable as a place to contemplate the traditional environment. 

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