A visit to the village of Tenganan is the perfect adventure for families looking to get a glimpse of life into old Bali. Tenganan in Karangasem is one of the only villages left in Bali where you can catch a glimpse of the island’s original people – the Bali Aga – still carrying out their lives and traditions in the same way that they did hundreds of years ago.
Tenganan was isolated from the rest of Bali until the 1970s, and so life there continued as it had for hundreds of years without external influences. Tenganan is now open for tourists to explore, but the original traditions remain. This fascinating village makes an interesting side trip if you’re in the Candidasa area, and can be combined with a visit to Tirta Gangga Water Palace and the nearby White Sand Beach for a great day trip for the family!
Parents will love to know that the village is famous for its arts and crafts, particularly the Double Ikat woven cloth which is produced nowhere else in Indonesia, and can take years to complete. These beautiful fabrics are not cheap but certainly make for an attractive souvenir of your trip. And kids will love being entertained by the brightly dyed roosters in shades of neon pink and yellow that can be found in bamboo cages around the village. These multi-colored roosters are unique to Tenganan!
Tenganan is a well-preserved example of a living museum and the culture, architecture and arts and crafts make for an interesting peek into traditional Balinese life.
Culture vultures, day-tripping families and lovers of traditional ethnic textiles.
If an original Double Ikat textile is out of your budget, Tenganan is also a great place to buy traditional maps, calendars and lontar (artworks made from palm leaves).
Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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