Three Traditional Villages in Bali You Should Visit

Not only is it famous for its panoramic views of its natural beauty, but Bali is also famous for its viscosity of customs and culture. When traveling to Bali, you can also visit some of the traditional villages that are there.

Three traditional villages in Bali that are well known to tourists, namely Panglipuran Village, Tenganan Village, and Trunyan Village.

The villages are residents of Bali Mula or Bali Asli, sometimes Balinese residents call it Bali Aga. Mula and Asli are Indonesian which means natives.

The Balinese Mula are residents who first inhabited the island of Bali before the Javanese population migrated to the island of Bali.

Meanwhile there is a noticeable difference between Bali Mula and immigrant Balinese people in the Majapahit or Bali Javanese period, namely at the ceremony of death.

Bali Mula carries out a death ceremony by burying the body, while the Balinese Javanese ceremony of his death by means of his body being burned (cremated).

Tenganan Village

Tenganan Village is in Karangasem Regency. The location itself is approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the east of Denpasar.

In this village that has an area of ​​around 2267 acres, you can find out how Bali is still keep their tradition with the residents of Bali Mula.

There is its own uniqueness from this village, namely the people are so firm in adhering to the traditional rules of their ancestors. The Tenganan community has a rule commonly called awig-awig. Just as there should be no polygamy or divorce.

However, this traditional village is also very open with new and modern things, such as electricity, communication and transportation tools. Children there are also very encouraged to get high education.

In addition, there are also rules for regulating the system of government, land rights and natural resource rights, marriage, education and traditional ceremonies.

However, the community has extraordinary talents, one of which is that they are accustomed to weaving their own gringsing cloth which is only produced in this village.

In addition to woven fabric, you can also find carved crafts or painting palm leaves.

Not only visiting, you can just chat with the people there listening to the story of local wisdom there.

Then you can also see traditional ceremonies which are usually held in January, February, June and December. However, it should be known, tourists cannot stay overnight in Tenganan Village.

Trunyan Village

This village is located on the edge of Lake Batur, Kintamani District, Bangli Regency. To get to this village, you can use a boat across Lake Batur.

One of the uniqueness of Trunyan Village which is well known to foreign countries is the funeral process.

The unique tradition of the local community is not to bury the body, but only lay the body on the ground also under the incense tree which is commonly called Sema Wayah.

Meanwhile, in Sema Wayah there are only 11 tombs, so the bodies will be placed alternately. The community does not add to the tomb because there are provisions from the ancestors.

If there is a new body, then the old corpse or its bones will be removed and alternated with the new body.

Although the bones are scattered there, there is no smell or foul odor. The trust of the people there, the incense tree or commonly called taru menyan, has its own aroma. So that it is believed to be able to neutralize the stench around the tomb.

Besides Sema Wayah, there are two other cemeteries, Sema Muda and Sema Bantas. Sema Wayah itself is a food for people who die naturally, have married, single, and small children whose milk teeth have been dated.

Then, Sema Muda is specifically for babies who die and are buried. While Sema Bantas cemetary were meant specifically for people who die due to accidents and must be buried.

In the vicinity of Truyan's Grave there is a Pura Dalem which is located on the edge of a lake which is often visited for worship. This temple is also one of the attractions when tourists visit the Trunyan Cemetery because of its adjacent location.

In addition, tourists can relax around the edge of Lake Batur or even climb Mount Batur.

Penglipuran Village

The village that contains Bali Mula people was located on a plateau around the foot of Mount Batur, precisely in the Kubu Village, Bangli Regency, which is 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Denpasar.

This village was lined up as the cleanest village in the world. This can be seen from the sight in the village which is very calm and beautiful, besides that the air is quite cool because it is on a plateau. 

Unlike the other two villages on this list, Penglipuran Village has its own uniqueness. If you walk around in this village, the houses of the people there are uniform on the front. So that tourists can see the beauty of this village along the village aisle so neat and beautiful.

You can walk through this aisle that climbs upward. Then also divide the village into three parts according to the concept of Tri Hita Karana (human relations with others, humans with nature, and humans with God).

Another thing that is no less unique is not allowing a car or motorcycle to enter the village. So that the vehicle must be parked in the parking lot.

While for customary rules, as in the case of Tenganan Village, the people there forbid men to have more than one wife.

No need to worry about coming there, because the people there are so friendly. It could even be that they would offer tourists to stop by the house.