Sangeh – Monkey’s Magical Forest

Sangeh is one of the attractions of monkeys in Bali, located in the village of Sangeh, District Abiansemal, Badung Regency and is about 50 km or takes approximately 45 minutes from the capital Denpasar. Besides being a tourist attraction Bali, Sangeh also a protected forest area, the area is about 14 hectares and is mostly overgrown with trees nutmeg (dipterrocarpustrinervis) height of approximately 50 meters and is inhabited by about 700 animals ape gray (Macaca faciculais).

To visit this area will be charged an entrance fee of Rp. 5.000, – and there are some management personnel locations or guides dressed in traditional Balinese are ready to help each visitor. Some tips for entering this area, among others dressed decently and orderly, carefully carrying luggage, and forbidden to interfere with monkeys. Before entering the Sangeh area, it is recommended to buy a packet of food for monkeys in the form of beans or corn are sold in kiosks around the parking area.

Entering this area, the temple gate (candi bentar) there is a large statue of the knight tangible giant, which Kumbakarna being attacked dozens of monkeys. This statue depicts the story of wayang Ramayana are very well known people of Bali. Around the statue Kumbakarna there are two lions, one of which looks are caring for a baby monkey. After entering the gate will pass along the road approximately 200 meters towards the forest of nutmeg that each side wall is lined with large river stones arranged irregularly.

In the forest area will find a small temple called Pura Melanting and larger temple called Pura Pucak Sari. In the courtyard of this temple, often met by monkeys who was joking cheerfully. At the corner of the temple, there are several statues of monkeys as part of a stunning temple architecture and according to local stories, forest and monkeys at Sangeh is “duwe” mean belonging of Gods who protect this place.

At the end of the path to the exit rather play, there is a giant nutmeg trees were sacred. This tree has a unique and called Lanang Wadon tree (tree male-female). It is so named, because the nutmeg tree is shaped like a male and female side by side. Wonders of this tree makes a fascinating uniqueness in the tourist area of shared behavior Sangeh monkeys and protected forests are conserved.

Attraction Sangeh managed by specialized managers formed by the Village People (Pekraman) Sangeh, with 21 management personnel. In addition, they are also assisted by staff from the Department of Forestry, in particular from the KSDA (conservation of natural resources), as well as from the Office of the Badung regency livestock.

Sangeh attraction is open daily, 07:30 am to 6:00 pm including Sundays.

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Penglipuran Village

Though Bali is visited by many foreign tourists who come from various countries in the world, but that does not mean necessarily Bali lost their identity and feel customary. Bali is known as community-abiding society and rigid in preserving their cultural existence. Insistence modernity could not obscure and eliminate the local culture that has so far adopted a strong local community.

One of the villages that still retain the ancestral heritage or ancestry is Penglipuran village. The village has its own uniqueness because, for example, the style of the gate (they call it “angkul-angkul”) looks the same at one and another. So also with the physical appearance Penglipuran very beautiful and distinctive. The road leading to this village looks so manicured, clean and staircase steps.

Do not ask about the tourism potential of this village because Penglipuran famous for its unique customary and has a frequency of religious celebrations are very high. It’s a touch of modernity can not be removed from the village up to the more massive the tourists come, but the location of housing for each family still adheres to the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana.

What is the Tri Hita Karana? That is a philosophical doctrine that always maintain harmony in the relations between human beings, man and his environment, and man to God. The next generation Penglipuran that although formal education up to university level but still taught to always preserve a tradition inherited from his ancestors. For example, sacred buildings always located in the upstream, housing in the center, while the business fields were on the edge or downstream.

Residential areas as well as the village’s main road Penglipuran is free areas mainly of four-wheeled vehicles. This situation, increasingly gives the impression of comfortable for the tourists coming. Penglipuran word comes from the word meaning penglipur or entertainer, because since the royal era, this place is a great place to rest.

According to local belief, the word “Penglipuran” is believed to come from words that have meaning Pengeling Pura sacred place to remember the ancestors. The majority of people work as farmers, but now they began to move into opening a small business industry and handicraft.

Penglipuran indigenous villages under the administration of Kubu Village, District Bangli, Bangli regency, which is 45 km from the city of Denpasar. It is located in the plateau area around the foot of Mount Batur. Based on 2001 data collected by the government, Penglipuran village has an area of approximately 1.12 hectares.

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