Penglipuran village

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Penglipuran village

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Situated in Bangli regency, Penglipuran village is well-known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique architectural traditions. The village has also succeeded in preserving its 75-hectare bamboo forest located in the northern part of the village.
According to Wayan Perten, members of the Desa Adat village institution have played a consistent role from generation to generation in this preservation since they have a strong commitment to the system of “ayahan desa” – a philosophy committed to respecting the land on which the village stands.
A portion of the “desa adat” are known as “krama pengarep”, or privileged members. Each of them is given an eight-acre house yard, 40-acres of agricultural land, 70-acres of bamboo forest, 60-acres of riverside irrigation, and 25-acres of rice field.
The lands may not be transferred to anyone without the knowledge of Penglipuran villagers and the the “Desa Adat” authority. The bamboo forest’s future is therefore assured. Indeed, Penglipuran village was given the Kapaltaru award by the Indonesian Government in 1996 for its success in preserving the bamboo forest.
The forest consists of several different types of bamboo: “Tiying Jajang”, used as house construction material, “Tiying Tali” used to produce rope, plaiting works, and house rooves, and “Tiying Ampel, with short segments and “Tiying Selem”, a black bamboo.
The community members who are given pieces of bamboo forest ground usually fell bamboo trees once a year by selective cutting, leaving the younger ones intact. The average price of bamboo products in the market is five thousand rupiah per piece. Annually Penglipuran bamboo forest produces 750 thousand pieces of cut bamboo. Today, I am very glad to inform you one of interesting place to visit in Bali called traditional village of Penglipuran. This village can be reached throught roads connecting district of Bangli with Kintamani. Penglipuran villlage is well-known for its 75 hectare bamboo forest located in the northern part of the village. From Bangli town to the north up to Kubu Village about 5 kilometers, then have a left turn, one will arrive at Penglipuran and will be received with warm welcome by the villagers. The air is fresh because it is located at 700 meters above sea level. From historical point of view, according to the village elders,
Penglipuran village is well-known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique architectural traditions. The words Penglipuran? is drived from the words ?Pengeling Pura? means a holy place for remembering their ancestors. It is reasonable since their ancestors came from Bayung Gede village, still In Kintamani district. Since from Bayung Gede to Penglipuran is quite along distance there fore the people of Penglipuran, established the same temple as the temple In Bayung Gede.
We can drow conclusion from this matter that the people of Penglipuran is still remembering their origin. Another opinion stated that Penglipuran is derived from the word ?Penglipuran? means relaxation since on the royal period this place was a good spot for resting place.This village has cultural potency which is up to the present time still well preserved in the from of traditional Balinese buildings; which differentiate this village from others.The population is 743 person, most of them are farmers and just few as civil servants. Dances and handicrafts are well developed in this remote village.
Members of the ?Desa Adat? village institution have played a consistent role from generation to generation in this preservation since they have a strong commitment to the system of ?ayahan desa? – a philosophy committed to respecting the land on which the village stands. A portion of the ?desa adat? are known as ?krama pengarep?, or privileged members. Each of them is given an eight-acre house yard, 40-acres of agricultural land, 70-acres of bamboo forest, 60-acres of riverside irrigation, and 25-acres of rice field.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/12/11/old-village-launches-guesthouses.html

Old village launches guesthouses

Ni Komang Erviani, The Jakarta Post, Bangli | Archipelago | Tue, December 11 2012, 10:49 AM
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As community-based tourism is growing fast, more and more villages in Bali are now gearing up to build facilities to welcome guests into their homes.

One of these is Penglipuran traditional village in Bangli regency, around 45 kilometers west of Denpasar, which is launching three guesthouses to accommodate the rising number of visitors to the village.

Developed as a tourist village since 1992, Penglipuran is located over 700 meters above sea level with stunning views of rice fields and plantations. Due to its ongoing efforts, Penglipuran has become one of the island’s iconic village tourist destinations.

Derived from the words pengeling pura, literarily meaning “to remember your ancestors”, the village is rich in agrarian culture. Other historical records also state that the name of the village means “entertainer”, a place where royals spent their leisure time.

“Penglipuran residents warmly invite visitors to stay with us in this 122-hectare village with its unique customs and traditions,” I Nengah Moneng, head of the village’s tourism board, said.

Moneng said around 150 to 200 people came to the village every day.

The residential areas of the village have a very particular look that is unique to the area and aesthetically pleasing, with rows of very small, but tall, traditionally built houses that are very decorative and have thatched roofs.

One guesthouse in the village was built by the then-culture and tourism ministry as a prototype village tourist facility. “But this building was not properly cared for,” he said.

Two of the new guesthouses were built with support from Bangli regional administration. “Penglipuran villagers were responsible for procuring the furniture and maintaining the three facilities,” Moneng added.

Decorated with bamboo ornaments, wood and limestone, the three buildings still represent the old Penglipuran houses. In anticipation of more visitors, Penglipuran village is also ready with six lodgings prepared as tourist accommodation.

“This community-based tourism is expected to improve the living conditions of our residents without having to change our traditions and the surrounding nature,” he said.

Together with members of the village board, Moneng decided to set room rates at Rp 500,000 (US$51.80) per night for foreign visitors. “For domestic visitors, we can adjust the rates,” he added.

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