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Bali Authentic Experience: Visiting Tenganan Village

19 August 2019 | Bali Indonesia

Bali Authentic Experience: Visiting Tenganan Village

The birds are chirping and the trees are waving. A slow breeze blows into my face as I step on the the ground of Tenganan Pegringsingan village. A pleasant welcome from the nature makes me feel that this trip is going to be great.

Tenganan village is inhabited by Bali Aga tribe, which is claimed as the original tribe in Bali. In the middle of modernization that affects Bali tourism, Tenganan village stays true to its tradition.

It is located in Karangasem regency. It takes 30 minutes drive from Candidasa or two hours ride from Ngurah Rai airport. This place is easy to be reached by a motorbike or a rented car. There is no surge of crowds like in the famous touristic areas. Silviu and I are directed to a small post for the registration. There is no entrance fee though a donation is encouraged.  

The serene vibe of Tenganan Pegringsingan village at the entrance

The serene vibe of Tenganan Pegringsingan village at the entrance

The village has simple yet charming traditional houses and buildings. The materials are made of bricks, river stones and soil. The roof are made of sago leaves.

We follow the main road. I see several middle-aged men are sitting in a 'pendopo', a pavilion used for gathering. Not far from there, we also see some young girls dressed in the beautiful traditional clothes. It turns out they are just finished performing the traditional Rejang Dance. It is one of the event for celebrating the first month of Bali Aga calendar. Unfortunately, we missed that. So we just take pictures with the dancers.

The local men dressed in traditional clothes are relaxing in a pavilion of Tenganan village

The local men dressed in traditional clothes are relaxing in a pavilion of Tenganan village

The local girls are resting in another pavilion of Tenganan village

The local girls are resting in another pavilion of Tenganan village

The leisure activity inside the Tenganan village

The leisure activity inside the Tenganan village

Silviu and I are posing with the beautiful Rejang Dancers in Tenganan village

Silviu and I are posing with the beautiful Rejang Dancers in Tenganan village

The portraits of two beautiful Rejang Dancers from Tenganan village

The portraits of two beautiful Rejang Dancers from Tenganan village

We see the children are playing happily and shyly looking at us. We smile and talk with them shortly. Some of the locals are feeding chickens and turkeys. 
 
Walking further into the village, we find some women swiftly interlacing the threads. Tenun Geringsing, the hand weaving of Tenganan village is famous for its beautiful pattern and technical difficulty. It uses all natural material and coloring. Due to the long processing and complexity, one cloth can be very pricey.
 
A local woman is doing hand weaving in Tenganan village

A local woman is doing hand weaving in Tenganan village

The women of Tenganan village weaving Tenun Geringsing in a pavilion

The women of Tenganan village weaving Tenun Geringsing in a pavilion

There are plenty souvenir options beside the weaving, such as Batik cloth and wooden decoration. They are displayed in front of the local houses or hanged on the wall. There are also paintings on the Lontar leaves, depicting the Hindu God and Goddess. 

Batik cloth souvenirs from Tenganan vilaage

Batik cloth souvenirs from Tenganan vilaage

Wooden crafts hanging on the wall of a house in Tenganan village

Wooden crafts hanging on the wall of a house in Tenganan village

I really appreciate the ability of Tenganan village to preserve its tradition. The village offers a glimpse into Balinese authentic experience. The serenity in a simple life is such a blessing for this traditional village. I definitely recommend Tenganan Pegringsingan as a must visit list in Bali!

See another nearby place to visit: Tirta Gangga Water Palace

A lovely front yard in Tenganan village

A lovely front yard in Tenganan village

A quick snap of Sliviu and me with the welcoming sign of Tenganan village

A quick snap of Sliviu and me with the welcoming sign of Tenganan village





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