About Penglipuran Village

Is a beautiful highland village in the regency of Bangli in East Bali, best known for its well-preserved layout and culture. Manicured gardens line the single stone-paved street that runs through the centre of the village toward the local temple, and age-old arched entrance gates and walls conceal each house. Penglipuran Village has been selected as one of the UN Tourism “Best Tourism Village 2023”.

The village stands out for its immaculate cleanliness and adherence to traditional Balinese architecture. Each house, garden, gate, and temple reflects the locals’ commitment to order and respectability.

History of Penglipuran Village

Penglipuran Village was established in the 14th century, during the Bangli Kingdom. This refers to the research that shows that Penglipuran Traditional Village existed since the time of the Bangli Kingdom around 700 years ago.

Penglipuran comes from the word pengeling or eling which means remember or remembering and the word pura which means place, fort or ancestor’s land, into  the word penglipuran which means “remembering the ancestral land or place of origin”. So it means that Penglipuran people build temples like in Bayung Gede village to remember those in Bayung Gede village and to remember their ancestral temples.

Penglipuran comes from the words pelipur and lara which when combined can mean  that Penglipuran is a place to comfort in times of sorrow (lara). It’s said that, during the kingdom era, the King of Bangli often went to this place to entertain himself or calm his mind, where the people were often got the task of comforting the King  when he faced problems. This is where it’s believed the name Penglipuran comes from.


Penglipuran Village has been recognized as the Best Tourism Village 2023 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). This prestigious award celebrates the village’s commitment to preserving traditional Balinese architecture, customs, and way of life. Here are some highlights:

Authenticity and Architecture

Penglipuran Village stands out for its well-preserved traditional Balinese architecture. The houses are aligned in rows along narrow streets, emphasizing community values and collective spirit.

Holistic Experiences

The village offers homestays, where local families open their homes to tourists. This allows visitors to interact with the community, participate in daily activities, and learn about customs and traditions.

Bamboo Resource

The village has established a bamboo forest as a tourist attraction, planting more bamboo varieties and using bamboo residues for compost.

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