Pinge Village ( Hamlet) is one of the villages selected by the Bali Tourism Office to feature in their line-up of Retirement Villages. The village is ensconced in the Tabanan hinterlands, 600 meters high in the mountains of Bedugul, about 40 km north of Denpasar and 18 km from Tabanan city. Its location takes advantage of splendid mountain views and a serene rural environment.
A 1-kilometer road running in a North-South direction divides the village with some 160 groups or individual family compounds on either side of the street. The compounds are laid out in the traditional way with the buildings oriented towards the 4 cardinal directions. Most of the villagers are rice, vegetable and flower farmers and the environment is strictly rural with all the magnificent and healthy benefits of vacationing in a pristine and unpolluted environment.
The air is cool and comfortable as being free from pollution. Along the country road leading to the village, we can see the neat courtyard, while the neighborhood is clean enough. Each telajakan (public area) is planted with flowers so that butterflies and birds can play and dance intimately in a peaceful rural atmosphere. Afternoon atmosphere will be comfortable. Small animals such as dog-day cicadas give a nuance of beautiful village. ‘Arrogant’ crows of roosters make our journey more comfortable. Then, familiar smile of the locals leads us to a convenient ambience to be here.
There is Natar Jemeng temple that stores some objects of the archaeological heritage in the form of Ganesha statue, lingam-yoni and Kiranti with the status as cultural heritage. At this village lie some temples such as the Subak Pinge temple, Puseh temple, Penataran temple, Melanting temple and Dalem temple. This reflects if the hamlet has had high civilization. It is said, the Jemeng temple was the origin of Pinge hamlet.
House of local residents is built in a row facing the road, where each is restricted by a compound wall and angkul-angkul (traditional gates). On average, each house compound has some buildings such as the bale daja (northern pavilion), bale dangin (eastern pavilion) and other buildings that have function associated with the local traditions and customs. Another unique element is that each house compound has a connecting door to adjacent neighbor. It is intended to maintain the familial relationship and togetherness.
From a tourism perspective Pinge is highly authentic. The village and its people preserve Bali’s original heritage. Frequent activities in the village include dance, music, ceremonies, and wood carving. The emphasis is placed on exploring Pinge’s natural and cultural resources and its unspoiled environs.