Bali Backpacker's Guide

TRUNYAN CEMETERY – A Unique Cemetery in the Native Bali Village

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS CEMETERY?

UNIQUE CEMETERY
Instead of burial or cremations, just simply laid on the ground.
Left to decompose. But, no stinky smell.

CONFRONTING LOGIC
It confronting your logic cause no stink smell et all.
You need a time to accept this fact.

ISOLATED PLACE
You need take a boat to visit this place cause it’s an isolated place.
If you looking quiet and peaceful place, it might be suitable for you.

EXOTIC PLACE
You visiting exotic place with nice jungle around the cemetery.
It’s also nearby the Batur lake. It’s natural place.

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DESCRIPTION:

Trunyan cemetery located in the Trunyan village on the west of mount Abang and on the eastern of Batur lake. This cemetery has unique in burial process. On the burial ritual they bring the dead body by a boat to the cemetery. Instead of burial or cremations, it just simply laid on the ground, covered with clothes, covered by bamboo cage (ancak) and decomposed. They also put the favorite stuff belong to the dead body such as clothes, plates, glasses, sandals, cigarettes, coins, etc.

Along the ‘weird’ burial procession women forbidden to join the process. Trunyan people believed if women join on the burial process, their village will have a disaster. Amazingly this burial process is not produce stinky smell, no flies nor maggots in the corpse body. Only married people and died in the normal way that able to join in this cemetery (Sema Wayah). For Trunyan people who died by accident or illness or suicide is forbidden to join in this cemetery. They have special place and named it as ‘Sema Batas’. For baby, children and unmarried people they have own cemetery and named as ‘Sema Muda’.

The Trunyan people believe that ‘Tarumenyan’ tree absorb the smells or neutralize the strong smells of the dead body. Tarumenyan consist of two words, Taru and Menyan. Taru means tree, Menyan means nice smell. This name also derivative to their village name. Tarumenyan —> Trunyan.

The Trunyan inscription founded in the main temple in Trunyan and show the dates in 833 Isaka years or 911 AD. But, the Trunyan village believed exist since megalithic era considering some megalithic stones founded in Trunyan village and the heritage megalithic culture itself. This reason believed that Trunyan people are the native bali people.

THE CORPSE BODY COVERED BY BAMBOO FENCE

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THE UPSIDE BODY

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THE FEET

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*) When i visited this cemetery there is no stinky smell et all.

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 3.00 PM.

*) It was nice if your visit can see the new corpse body. So, you will be the eye witness of this weird burial process that not produce stinky smell.

HOW MUCH THE ENTRANCE FEE?

IDR 10K per person.

TRUNYAN CEMETERY ENTRANCE FEE

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THE SKULL

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WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Central Batur
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Kintamani
Regency (Kabupaten): Bangli
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 65 km northeast of Denpasar or 2 hour and 15 minutes.
About 42 km northeast of Ubud or 1 hours and 30 minutes.
About 80 km northeast of Kuta beach or 2 hours and 30 minutes.
About 83 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour and 45 minutes.

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no public transport to get there.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this view point and use google maps as your navigator.

**) You need take a boat to reach this cemetery because it’s an isolated area. You can reach Trunyan village by car or scooter. But, you can not reach the cemetery.

***) You can take a boat at Kedisan port or at Trunyan village.

KEDISAN PORT (DERMAGA KEDISAN)

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THE BOAT FEE

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OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Weak signal for your smartphone (Edge only).

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
No.

THE MOST RESPONSIBLE ONE

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*) The Trunyan people believed this tree absorb or neutralize the strong stinky smell of the corpses body. It’s Tarumenyan or nice smell tree in english.

**) The Trunyan tree is produce benzoin resin/gum actually. This commodity has been traded since the ancient Egypt era. The benzoin resin used as one of the mummification ingredients. That’s why the dead body around the Trunyan tree has no strong smells.

***) The word ‘benzoin’ came via italian from arabic ‘Al Lubban’. This is the transform: Lubban —> Lubban Jawi (Lubban from Jawi/Jawa/Java) —> Benjui (Catalan) —> Benzoino (Italian) —-> Benzoin (English). In the ancient trading era, the word Jawi/Jawa/Java used to named Java island also Sumatra island and Bali island. This commodity probably imported from Barus in the Sumatra island.

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SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR TRUNYAN:

You can combine to visit these places when you visit this cemetery:

1. Batur Geopark museum (230 meter or 3 minutes walking)
2. Batur volcano.
3. Batur lake.
4. Kintamani hot spring (Toya Devasya & Batur Natural).
5. Penelokan view point.

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 4 itinerary.

WATCH TRUNYAN CEMETERY FROM THE VIDEO:

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