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“A must visit Original Bali Village”

Tenganan Aga Village
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Owner description: Tenganan Aga Villages is a village in the regency of Karangasem in Bali, Indonesia. Before the 1970's was known by anthropologists to be one of the most secluded societies of the archipelago. Rapid changes have occurred in the village since the 70's, such as the development of local communications by the central government, the opening up to tourism, the breaking of the endogamic rules. Tourists are attracted to Tenganan by its unique Bali Aga culture that still holds to the original traditions, ceremonies and rules of ancient Balinese, and its unique village layout and architecture. It is known for its Gamelan selunding music and geringsing double ikat textiles
Reviewed March 14, 2014

Our Tour guide spoke fluent English to brief us on the livelihood of this Original Bali Village. This is the place where original Gamelan selunding music and double weaving textiles is produced Stalls selling some bamboo leaves with inks writing , mostly maps or calendars are set up along one side of the wall .It is the village strict rules that only people whom are born in this village to stay but for those who married outsider has to leave the village. A drum strucks 21 times to notify its a new morning daily. In this village there is no Polygamy allowed. Houses are built on either side which form a cross design. The entrance to these houses are small which only allow one person to go through. There are several huts which categorised different meeting groups. I noticed villagers used motorcycle for their transport and there are caged cockered everywhere, It is the cock fighting month from middle of February to end of March. Another interesting activity or festival is the Men Fighting in May . We tour the family house and got an demo on the textile printing work by an old Balinese woman There are many houses that sell face masks & scarfs for tourists. The burial ground & a jungle where fruits are shared amongst the villagers near by. Do not miss out this educational & interesting village tour if you are in Bali !!!

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Oldest Balinese Traditional located in Karangasem, pay entrance fee before enter this village. Viewing old village house, the villlagers selling their own art craft in their house. Surrounding are quiet and there are chicken and duck poo everywhere but it is normal for living in the village.

An old lady selling her hand made shawl staying in old house, i took a chance viewing her handmade shawl and bought a piece shawl from her.

Just an average old Bali village if you interested in viewing Balinese village.

5  Thank dianajane
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

I visited Tenganan in December 2013 and was unimpressed with its description as being a 'traditional' Balinese village, populated by the original inhabitants of the island, where life had changed very little over the years.

Noticeable was the number of its inhabitants riding motorcycles on its dusty lanes all of whom were clearly well used to the sight of innocently gawping visitors, as well as the even greater numbers of caged cockerels all of which are used for cockfighting.

During my visit I was accompanied by a man who described himself as the newly elected secretary of the village community. He was wearing an expensive wristwatch and spoke excellent English - hardly the image of a 'traditional' villager whose lifestyle had changed little over the years.

My 'tour' concluded with the community secretary inviting me into his house where his much younger wife demonstrated her weaving skills on a small hand operated loom prior to inviting my partner to peruse a room filled with what were allegedly the products of her weaving skills. The sheer numbers of items offered for sale indicated to me that many of them must have been produced elsewhere since the work involved to make what I saw would have taken months, possibly even years, to produce and, given that the lady was also caring for a family of small children, this seemed unlikely.

6  Thank Juan S
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Its the place to see how's Balinese arrange their community life. The preserving their way of life despite modern technology influence.
We have a big picture on how Balinese life originally was, until we can see Bali just it is today.

Interesting place to visit. Nobody push around, just take walk, obserb and relax.

4  Thank GunBali
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

If you would like to spend more money on things ( you even don't need ) than go there. It's like a department store, where they sell everywhere the same ( overpriced ) stuff, putted in an old village. nobody is really working there, maybe they get paid from our donations. yes, some buildings are nice, because they are old, but ........... maybe we had bad luck, nobody worked at the time we visited the village. If you just rent a motorbike and go up anywhere in the mountains you will see much more village life !!!
Don't by anything from the shop outside near to entrance. just 30 meter down, there are some more shops at the second parking area. they sell everything up to 60% cheaper !!!! and this might be still a good business for them. BALI = BUSINESS, BUSINESS and again BUSINESS.
The future of Bali means = PAY MORE FOR MORE DIRT.

3  Thank 2_TULACI
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