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.