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Bali's Award-Winning Penglipuran Village Reopens; Hopes up for Economic Recovery

October 21, 2020, 09.40 PM

BANGLI, – Visiting Penglipuran Village is one of the things to do in Bali and now it is again possible after it reopened on October 17.

The coronavirus pandemic prompted quarantine measures that forcibly closed the popular Balinese village.

Penglipuran Village Chief Wayan Supat explained that the reopening of the Balinese village came after rounds of meetings with local residents and important figures of the traditional village.

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“It has been approved by the government. The Governor’s letter also approved the reopening of certain sectors such as tourism.” 

He added that by allowing visitors to come to the village, the local economy can be revived after being shut for eight months.

Although visiting Penglipuran Village is one of the things to do in Bali, visitors will have to observe health protocols put in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The visitor capacity has been capped at 50 percent and each tourist is required to wear a mask, regularly wash their hands, and get their body temperature checked.

Wayan hopes that allowing tourist arrivals into Penglipuran Village will boost the livelihoods of residents.

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Doing so is of considerable importance in a Balinese village where nearly 80 percent of its locals or 1,020 people rely on tourism.

The village shot to fame after it was anointed as a model village attraction in Indonesia, for which it has also won the Kalpataru Award.

In 2016, the village in Bali was selected as the third-cleanest village in the world, according to the international magazine Boombastic.

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Later in 2017, Penglipuran Village received the Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award in the Culture Preservation category. 

(Writer: Imam Rosidin | Editor: Anggara Wikan Prasetya)


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