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November 2, 2020, 08.09 PM

KOMPAS.com – Pentingsari Tourism Village has become one of the most awarded tourist attractions in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The achievements mark the massive effort the village’s residents have carried out to bolster this tourist attraction in Yogyakarta and the local economy.

Pentingsari Tourism Village is situated near Mount Merapi or around 22.5 kilometers from the center of Yogyakarta.

Chairman of the Pentingsari Tourism Village Doto Yogantoro said that the residents aspired to bring a value-added tourism experience to gain the attention of travelers.

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“We developed this village around 13 years ago. Our villagers aspired to offer a value-added tourism experience where we harness our daily life and showcase it to tourists — from Indonesia or overseas. Our efforts have paid off as our village has been appreciated by foreigners and locals, thus boosting our economy and improving our environment.”

Residents wanted to find another uniqueness to their village, situated in the vicinity of the Mount Merapi National Park, rather than solely rely on its location.

They also recognized that tourist attractions in Yogyakarta were often limited to Prambanan Temple and Parangtritis Beach hence sought to be part of that list.

“We also want to reap the benefits of tourism in order for our residence to improve their farming methods. Farming is how our residents are able to be involved in the tourism sector and maintain our tourism village,” said Doto.

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Setting itself apart

Doto realized that Pentingsari Tourism Village was less attractive than other tourist attractions in Yogyakarta, thus together with the community, they agreed to highlight the village’s daily life to bring in tourists.

“As it turns out, travelers are genuinely interested in living in a village often choosing a homestay option, eating food like the locals, and conducting activities like people of this village. To them, those made for an interesting tourism experience whilst we get to interact with travelers.”

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Their hard work in promoting their way of life has earned Pentingsari Tourism Village numerous accolades including the Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award in the ‘Economy’ category in 2017.

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More importantly, this tourist attraction in Yogyakarta made it into Global Green Destinations Days 2019’s list of the ‘Top-100 Sustainable Tourism Destination in the World’.

The Yogyakarta tourist attraction was only one of four villages in Indonesia that made it to the list.

“Why did we win that award? Because there is a balance here where the environment is maintained, our culture is preserved, and our economy thrives.”

Things to do

The immersive experience at Pentingsari Tourism Village in Yogyakarta, Indonesia includes learning about nature, farming, gardening, local culture, and its numerous traditional crafts.

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Travelers to this tourist attraction in Yogyakarta can decide to camp, trek, outbound, or opt for a live-in accommodation experience.

Other recreational activities in the village include learning how to make batik, playing gamelan music, or making janur.

(Writer: Nicholas Ryan Aditya | Editor: Kahfi Dirga Cahya)

Source: https://travel.kompas.com/read/2020/09/25/081000927/desa-wisata-pentingsari-desa-wisata-indonesia-yang-mendunia?page=all#page2 

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