Previously in 1995, the village community of Penglipuran also received the Indonesian government’s Kalpataru Award for environmental sustainability for raising and maintaining 75 hectares of bamboo forest as well as preserving its traditional spatial layout and buildings based on ancestral designs.
The village has also been a tourist attraction since 1993. In the last five years, Penglipuran has been one of the most frequently visited tourist destinations in Bali alongside the regions of Ubud, Kuta and Nusa Dua.
Penglipuran is among Bali’s oldest villages, having existed since the 18th century, during the period of the Bangli Kingdom.
The name of the village is derived from the words pengeling or eling, which means “to remember” and pura, which means “ancestral land.”
Visiting Penglipuran is like taking a trip in a time machine back to Bali’s more traditional times.
“Amid the intense forces of modernization, Penglipuran continues to retain its ancestral traditions. I think this has attracted many tourists to our village,” chairman of the Penglipuran Village Tourism Awareness Group, I Nengah Moneng, said.
Moneng revealed that before becoming a tourist destination in 1993, the locals had conducted conservation works through the village’s participation in the settlement and environment reordering project formulated by the Public Works Office in the late 1980s.
The efforts, Moneng said, were meant to preserve the village’s ancestral traditions in the interests of future generations.
In 1990, villagers along with students on rural service assignments, also developed parks by utilizing portions of the village road to the front and side of house yards.