Tourists Flock to Penglipuran Village, Renowned as the Cleanest Village in the World

Tourists Flock to Penglipuran Village, Renowned as the Cleanest Village in the World
Tourists Flock to Penglipuran Village, Renowned as the Cleanest Village in the World

Penglipuran Village, celebrated as one of the cleanest villages in the world, is experiencing a surge of visitors from both domestic and international locations. This village, situated in Bangli Regency, stands out not only for its meticulously organized layout but also for its accessibility, supported by well-developed infrastructure.

Every day, thousands of tourists flock to Penglipuran, captivated by its pristine environment. The village parking areas are filled with buses, private cars, and motorcycles, as visitors come to immerse themselves in its charm.

Groups of tourists, including students on study tours and office employees on group outings, mostly from various cities across Java, can be seen exploring the village.

One of the main attractions for visitors is the neatly arranged houses in Penglipuran. The streets and every corner of the village are remarkably clean, adding to its allure.

Penglipuran Village is divided into three main sections stretching from north to south, known as Tri Mandala. The Utama Mandala, located at the highest point in the north, houses two temples, Pura Penataran and Pura Puseh, where villagers worship. This area also includes a beautiful and well-maintained bamboo forest.

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The village welcomes about 5,000 to 6,000 visitors daily, with numbers peaking during weekends and school holidays.

By December 2023, Penglipuran Village had generated an impressive IDR 25.8 billion in revenue. This figure excludes the economic activity generated by tourists purchasing goods from local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

In Penglipuran, vendors offer a variety of souvenirs and local delicacies, including durians, mangosteens, and locally processed peanuts.

A report by highlighted that the roads leading to Penglipuran Village, both national and provincial, are in excellent condition, allowing smooth and efficient travel.

Dating back to the 13th century, Penglipuran is among Bali’s oldest villages. In 1993, the government officially designated it a tourist village. Covering 112 hectares, the village land is effectively utilized: 50 hectares for agriculture, 45 hectares for bamboo forests, 4 hectares for timber forests, 9 hectares for residential areas, 4 hectares for sacred sites, and public facilities.

Strategically located, Penglipuran Village is 60 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport, taking about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car. Positioned at an altitude of 600-650 meters above sea level, the village enjoys a cool climate.

As of January 2021, Penglipuran Village had a population of 1,111 people across 277 households. The villagers engage in various occupations, including craftsmanship, souvenir trading, culinary businesses, agriculture, homestay management, employment, civil service, tour guiding, and other tourism-related activities.

The villagers, who practice Hinduism, uphold strong community values, including cooperation, family ties, and local wisdom rooted in the concept of Tri Hita Karana.

Penglipuran Village’s enduring appeal is its commitment to preserving traditional values while offering an exemplary model of cleanliness and sustainability, making it a must-visit destination for tourists worldwide.