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Raffles Bali - Discovering the Enigmatic Charms of Tenganan Pegringsingan, a Cultural Odyssey
October 5th 2023

Discovering the Enigmatic Charms of Tenganan Pegringsingan, a Cultural Odyssey

Nestled in the heart of the serene Karangasem regency in Bali, Indonesia, lies a hidden gem that exudes an enigmatic charm like no other. Tenganan Pegringsingan, a village untouched by the currents of modernity until the 1970s, stands as a testament to Bali’s rich cultural diversity and ancient traditions. This secluded enclave, known for its unique Aga community, offers a rare glimpse into an authentic way of life that has been preserved through the ages.

Tenganan Pegringsingan, unlike any other village on the island, is steeped in the heritage of the Bali Aga people – the original inhabitants of Bali. These resilient souls have maintained their distinct language, architectural styles, village layout, and artistic crafts, harking back to a time before the arrival of Hindu migrants from Java. Here, every corner of the village exudes a sense of timelessness, with traditional houses boasting palm roofs, wooden floors, and stone fences meticulously arranged according to age-old principles.

As you wander through this living museum, it’s easy to be captivated by the intricacies of Tenganan’s cultural tapestry. The village layout adheres to strict ancient rules that have been unwaveringly upheld for generations, a true testament to the deep-rooted respect for heritage. Amidst the daily rhythm of rice farming, the villagers dedicate themselves to creating exquisite handicrafts. Among these, the renowned Gringsing fabric stands out. Its weaving technique, known only to Tenganan, involves a double tie method that remains unparalleled in Indonesia.

For those seeking to immerse themselves in the pulse of Tenganan’s traditions, the Pandan War offers a visceral experience. This ritual sees two young men engage in combat armed with bunches of thorny pandan leaves. The leaves, adorned with sharp spines, are wielded as weapons as the contenders strive to leave their mark on each other. This may not be an endeavor for the faint-hearted, as the sight of blood is not uncommon. This ritual, a blend of physical endurance and mental strength, serves as a rite of passage for the village youth.

To delve into Tenganan’s mystique is to embark on a journey that transcends time and place. The village, located in the Manggis District of the Karangasem Regency, lies approximately 70 km from the Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour-drive. As you traverse the captivating landscapes of eastern Bali, you’ll find yourself transported to a realm where the past and present coexist in harmonious unity.

As twilight descends upon this ethereal landscape, there’s no better way to conclude a day of cultural exploration than by stepping into the resplendent realms of Puri Karangasem and Taman Ujung. Here, the vibrant traditions of Bali come to life through captivating dance performances. The eloquent movements and expressive gestures of Balinese dance paint stories of love, devotion, and mythical tales. The stage becomes a canvas, where every step narrates a chapter of Bali’s rich narrative.

And what better way to complete this journey of the senses than with a personalized dinner fit for royalty. Raffles Bali, renowned for its impeccable hospitality, curates an experience that transcends culinary delight. Set within the walls of the palace, the personalized dinner is a symphony of flavors that pays homage to Bali’s gastronomic heritage. Each dish is a masterpiece, crafted to tantalize taste buds and capture hearts.



Raffles Bali is an intimate oasis of emotional well-being. Located in beautiful Jimbaran Bay, the new luxury resort is perched on a hill offering unparalleled views of the ocean and its own secluded beach. With just 32 well-appointed pool villas providing utmost relaxation due to its generosity of space, each featuring their own outdoor terrace and private pool, Raffles Bali is one of the most exclusive hotels in Bali and boasts stunning sunsets, lush tropical gardens and exquisite dining. Guests can indulge in a signature Bali Sling in the iconic Writers Bar, enjoy a romantic dinner in The Secret Cave and Purnama Honeymoon Bale or rejuvenate at the indulgent The Sanctuary, a hillside treatment suite or Raffles Spa. Raffles Wellbeing Butlers can arrange a variety of bespoke treatments, cultural immersions and activities to deliver the ultimate in Emotional Wellbeing in the Island of the Gods. | |


For further information, please contact:

Ricky Utomo

Director of Marketing Communications

Raffles Bali

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Celine Devianty

Assistant Marketing Communications Manager

Raffles Bali

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