– All Details to Know About Trunyan Cemetery –
WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT TRUNYAN CEMETERY?
Instead of burial or cremations, just simply laid on the ground.
Left to decompose. But, no stinky smell.
It confronting your logic cause no stink smell et all.
You need a time to accept this fact.
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.
You visiting exotic place with nice jungle around the cemetery.
It’s also nearby the Batur lake. It’s natural place.
WHAT IS TRUNYAN CEMETERY?
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
*) The bamboo fence protect the corpse body from the wild animal or carnivore bird
THE UPSIDE BODY
*) When i visited this cemetery there is no stinky smell et all.
WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT TRUNYAN CEMETERY?
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
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 IS THE TRUNYAN CEMETERY ENTRANCE FEE?
- GOVERNMENT TAX (Retribusi):
- UPDATE GOVERNMENT TAX (Retribusi):
IDR 50K (Per 1 January 2020)
*) It applied on the day time only. On the night time, no ticketing man on the ticket window.
**) Updated info: since Covid-19 period there is no government tax (retribution) applied. It’s free enter Kintamani area.
- CEMETERY ENTRANCE FEE:
IDR 10K per person.
- THE BOAT FEE:
IDR 75K-150K per person.
*) It depend on the total of passenger. More and more passenger, getting cheaper.
TRUNYAN CEMETERY ENTRANCE FEE
WHERE IS TRUNYAN CEMETERY LOCATED?
Village (Desa): Terunyan, Central Batur
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Kintamani
Regency (Kabupaten): Bangli
Province (Provinsi): Bali
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 OF TRUNYAN CEMETERY:
*) If you drive a scooter you can just click the map above. It’s your driving guideline.
**) Before arrive Terunyan village, the road so narrow and some spots broken. You need to drive carefully.
HOW TO GET TO TRUNYAN CEMETERY?
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)
THE BOAT FEE
THE BOAT TO TRUNYAN CEMETERY
*) Update info: Kedisan port closed on October 10th, 2018 due to the high wave on the port caused by the strong wind. It will be open when the weather get better.
MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Weak signal for your smartphone (Edge only, not 4G).
*) Use a Telkomsel SIM card for relative better internet service.
restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.
THE MOST RESPONSIBLE ONE
THE TRUNYAN TREE
*) 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 and shipped to ancient Egypt.
VISITOR WATCHING THE UNIQUE CEMETERY
*) Trunyan cemetery is an extraordinary burial process. Maybe it’s the only one in this planet. If you’re curious person, then you have to visit this place and become a witness of this weird burial process is no stinky smell at all.
PROS AND CONS:
- Awesome cemetery.
- Unique burial process.
- Huge Tarumenyan tree.
- Greenery surround.
- A heritage village and cemetery.
- No reliable public transport to here.
- Mafia boat scamming (expensive boat fee).
- Annoying local following you and keep offering a guide services.
- Tiny place.
- Many rubbish on cemetery.
RUBBISH ON CEMETERY?
*) You can see so many rubbish around Terunyan cemetery. Actually it’s not rubbish, but these things are belong to the corpse. It’s a grave goods. Local people belief that dead people need to bring all their things for the next life. It’s include the clothes, scarf, plate, glass cup even their favorite foods, drinks and smoke. That’s why it looks like so many rubbish here. So many visitor thought it’s a rubbish and judge the local can’t manage the waste and don’t respect their sacred cemetery. Well, it’s totally wrong.
UPDATE STATUS OF TERUNYAN CEMETERY:
OPEN FOR ANY VISITOR
*) Since March 21st, 2020 all destination in Bangli regency has been closed according to government instruction to avoid Corona spreads.
**) Since June 24th, 2020 the Regent of Bangli released policy about Non reactive Rapid test result for Kintamani highland visitor. Even all destination are not open yet, this policy already applied.
***) Since July 9th, 2020 (Bali New Normal) period, Kintamani highland has been officially open for tourist.
SOME ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR TRUNYAN:
You can combine to visit these places when you visit this Trunyan cemetery:
- Penelokan view point.
- Batur Geopark museum (230 meter or 3 minutes walking)
- Toya Devasya hot spring.
- Kedisan floating restaurant.
- Batur volcano + hiking.
- Alengkong camp ground.
- Kintamani Eco Bike coffee shop.
You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 4 itinerary.
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