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Bali’s Most Famous Village Introduces Unique Shopping Experience For Tourists

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Bali’s Penglipuran Village is the most famous village on the island. In fact, many would argue that Penglipuran is the most famous village in all of Indonesia…maybe even in South East Asia.

The highly photogenic traditional village welcomes thousands of visitors every day. Community leaders and tourism managers are always on the lookout for ways to introduce new experiences for tourists. 

Penglipuran Village in Bangli

Leaders in Penglipuran Village are introducing an inspiring new shopping experience for visitors to the community.

The Penglipuran Traditional Village has opened its new Pelipurlara Market, located in the heart of the village’s famous bamboo forest; the market has a wealth of treats and trinkets for tourists to explore. 

In true Penglipuran fashion, the Pelipurlara Market is more than a simple marketplace. Keen to promote the village’s environmentally friendly ethos, visitors to the market must pay for their goods using bamboo coins.

At the opening of the new market the Operations Manager for Penglipuran Traditional Village, I Ketut Nuriada, revealed how the experience works. 

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Nuriada said, “So that it’s not monotonous, after enjoying the natural beauty of Penglipuran village, visitors can also enjoy various drinks and typical Penglipuran dishes in the bamboo forest area.”

He explained, “For those who want to shop, you can exchange currency before entering the market. If you have exchanged coins but haven’t finished spending them, you can exchange them back for rupiah.”

Bamboo coins will be available in IDR 5,000 or IDR 10,000, and Nuriada said that the pilot program proved to be a huge success with both local vendors and visitors. 

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For now, the market will be open only for limited periods, with leaders like Nuriada keen to see the tourism offering in the village grow and diversify further in the coming months and years.

Nuriada shared, “We plan for Pelipurlara Market to be open every Saturday only, from 10.00 WITA to 16.00 WITA. From the several times it has been opened, the existence of Pelipurlara Market has received a good response from visitors.”

One local tourist shared his experience of the market with reporters and praised the idea behind the concept.

Andini Anitis said, “We are very satisfied with the various services provided. After being tired of going around the village, we can unwind by enjoying various Balinese specialties and drinks.”

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Penglipuran Village is best known for being one of the remaining fully intact traditional villages in Bali.

The village shot to fame when it was awarded as the cleanest village in the world, something that tourism leaders are as keen to keep promoting as they are the new Pelipurlara Market.


It is no secret that Bali is struggling with waste management issues, and leaders in Penglipuran Village are proud that the village is kept in immaculate condition for visitors.

During a trip to the village, guests are welcome to explore the main street, enjoy the lovingly manicured gardens, enter local houses, and learn about traditional ways of living from the community, as well as take a wander through the famous bamboo forest.

Visitors will be hard-pressed to find even a scrap of litter anywhere, but it does happen. 


To promote and incentivize respect for Penglipuran Village, leaders have this week introduced the We Care Penglipuran campaign.

Tourists will be encouraged to trade in any inorganic waste they collect in exchange for ticket vouchers. 

Penglipuran Tourism Village Manager I Wayan Sumiarsa said, “Bags full of inorganic waste can be exchanged at the front office.”

“Later, our team will give a reward in the form of a free entry ticket voucher, which is valid for three months. Tickets can be used by anyone.” 


Penglipuran Village is located in Bangli Regency and can be reached within a one-hour drive from central Ubud.

A day trip to Penglipuran Village and Bamboo Forest is often combined with stop-offs at Tukad Cepung Waterfall, Krisik Waterfall, and Goa Giri Campuhan Waterfall before returning to Ubud. 

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Wayan Bo

Monday 4th of September 2023

Only a few left! Bali is island with nice temples and almost ugliest new urban architecture that exist worldwide. On places where before was beautiful rice fields, each day are growing more and more mega ugly slum look buildings. For tourists from developed countries it’s cultural choke when they arrived for first time. Balis government must do urgently something effective to stop such disfigurement of the island.

Rod Wilkinson

Saturday 2nd of September 2023

Yes,it is a beautiful village,my question is this,do visitors have to pay to breathe there? Not for me thank you,


Sunday 3rd of September 2023

@Rod Wilkinson, No charge for breathing, but there is a small fee for slipping a bottom breeze.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 2nd of September 2023

Would anybody from locals fly to Europe or America to see a nice village❓❗️🤣