Trunyan Cemetery

Trunyan Cemetery, Kintamani

Trunyan Cemetery
3.5
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Radja Sitanggang
Jakarta, Indonesia634 contributions
A uniqueness Tradition of Trunyan Village
Oct 2021 • Friends
Miraculously, there was no foul smell coming out of the burial area. It is said that there is a tree called Taru Menyan which is able to remove the stench emitted by the corpses. This Taru Menyan tree became the forerunner of the name Trunyan Village.
To access Trunyan Village, you have to use a boat, on one occasion I went there, me and my friends took a boat from the pier in Kedisan, covering a distance of about 15-20 minutes at a cost of around Rp. 750,000 (Indonesian Rupiah) per boat filled with 7 passengers.
Written October 26, 2021
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Raymondale
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia744 contributions
Unique funeral rite
Jun 2019
Visited here last year in June,that time i stayed around kintamani,i always want to visit this place,so i asked my guesthouse owner how to get there,he arranged a boatman for me,not cheap.Truyan is located on the isolated eastern shore of the Lake Batur.The village is accessible by boat only.the boatman took me to the village,then i walked around the village by myself,heard that some villagers will ask for money,yes,i met a woman and a boy,they ask for money,but not everyone.i just say no,no problem with that.the cemetery actually located at another side,must take boat to there again.the funeral rite here is unique,the villagers simply put the dead bodies on the ground, covered by cloth and a bamboo cage, and left to decompose. The banyan tree near the burial ground is thought to keep the corpses from smelling putrid. When i was there,a local want to guide me,cuz i was alone,i agreed,and he gave some brief introduction to this place,and guide me to see the buried corpses,at last he help me took some photos with the skulls.after that,i tipped him.when i want to leave,again some locals sittng there asked for money.i just shook my head and left.it is better to join a tour guided by resident,i think i missed some important info about the village,cuz the boatman didnt guide me around the village and also the cemetery,if have chance,i will come again.
Written May 20, 2020
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kelbill42
Cambridge, New Zealand58 contributions
Interesting
Dec 2019
We took the long trek from Kuta but it was worth it. Our driver was from the village and our guide too (Yansu). Very interesting and informative. A peaceful setting.
Written December 23, 2019
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Bartek P
Warsaw, Poland4 contributions
The worst thing in the world
Nov 2019 • Friends
I would’t go there even For free. The whole „cemetery” has like 50m^2. There are no village and no people at all. Bodies/skeletons look like the biggest fake in the world. They don’t smell because they are not real. All You can see are skulls, some big tree and maybe a 5cm of an ankle bone

Price: 670.000 IDR / 6 people (boat) - 20’ / one way
10.000 IDR / pax (entrance)
Taxi to anywhere from here is expensive
Written November 7, 2019
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Jaya H
Seminyak, Indonesia6 contributions
Curiosity killed the cat
Aug 2019 • Couples
Read all the mixed reviews. I've always wanted to come to the cemetery so we went . First of all, of course book with a tour guide dont go it alone you will get ripped a new one , and there is no guide over there, so you will just waste your time at the cemetery and be staring at a bunch of rottingbodies.
We booked with Have fun Bali tours . Havefunbalitours@gmail.com
The guys name is agus . We did a day package $70 per person
That includes hotel pick up , stopping at the top for pics, the boat there and back from the cemetery, a tour at the cemetery,
Lunch, both of the waterfalls, and drop off. Instead of doing the second waterfall we went to ubud and watched wood cavers. You can Taylor your own package.
He knows the boat guys so wasnt an issue. Over there knowing the full history of it made it way more meaningful, And just for the record you will never see a proper fresh dead body as they close it for ceremony. They have cleaned it up a little but it's meant to be set out like that . Over all we had an awesome day . They are considered one of the last 10 tribes of the world . Worth it if you explore while you are up there .
Written August 29, 2019
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Jan Novák
1 contribution
Bad trip
Aug 2019 • Couples
I wouldnt go there even for free. Trip was very expensive. We went there by boat (500 thousands rupiah and the entrance fee to the village was 60k for 2 people) but there is nothing special to see. The cementary is messy. There are much nicer places around.
Written August 24, 2019
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Cvg3ccd2
2 contributions
Horrible trip to Trunyan Cemetery
Jul 2019 • Couples
We were pulled over by local who said we could join a boat to Trunyan Cemetery with other people,so the price would be lower. Agreed for 500k for 2 persons.We thought, a little bit much , but ok we do it. After arriving in the harbour, the local said:" The other people are already gone so now you have to rent another boat". And the price went up to 750k. After little arguing, we insisted to stay at 500k like what he said before, we almost left and the price dropped to 600k. Actually we don't like to be pushed around like that, but we guess this is the Trunyan way to get money from tourists. Anyway, we crossed to Trunyan Cemetery and we had high expectation about the history of Cemetery, but when we arrived we ended up in a pile of garbage. And what made us really disappointed was the Cemetery was only 2 x 2 m and that's it. The most exciting thing was seeing a small lizard there. Even though one of us speak Bahasa, no one wanted to explain about this place. This really made us more disappointed. So our suggestion is...better never visit this Cemetery cuz it's just a waste of your day and your money. Trust us... This is not worth it to go there. Better just see the view of Lake Batur or go to Batur hot spring.
Written July 5, 2019
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sealrocker
Portland, OR875 contributions
Eerie visit
Apr 2019 • Couples
When we came off the bamboo dock we were greeted by several skulls sitting on shelves on the gateway. The priest was also at the entrance to give us insight into what we were seeing. The are four “guardians inside the wall. Coins and debris littered the ground. These are the possessions of the spirits. It looks like a dumping ground but it isn’t. There are only 11 spots available so when another body comes in, room must be made by moving one skeleton and its belongings into the pile
Written April 19, 2019
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Jaya S
10 contributions
It's Unique but too expensive
Oct 2018 • Family
For those who like Balinese unique tradition would find it interesting but to charter a boat it's quite expensive. The cemetery itself is not well maintained. It's quite small and dirty. I am hoping they would clean it a bit.
If I could go back. I would definitely visit the lake, swim at hot spring and try the local grilled fish at Resto Apung, maybe not the cemetery.
Written October 28, 2018
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MarkH201
Perth, Australia178 contributions
Amazing
Aug 2018 • Couples
A 2 hour drive and a 20 minuet boat ride will bring you to Trunyan cemetery. The only place in Bali where the dead are not buried ..Placed above ground under bamboo cages,the village dead are left to decay The cemetery is located on the shores of Lake Batur in the shadows of Mt Kintamani..Only accessible by boat.There is no smell of decay from the 4 day old body that was there when I visited, it is said the near by Banyan tree absorbs the smell, and i was only 2 feet from a body and there was no smell.A truly remarkable experience
Written August 27, 2018
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