Sustainable City: the 1st Cleanest City in Asia, Penglipuran in Bali

Sustainable City: the 1st Cleanest City in Asia, Penglipuran in Bali

Penglipuran is one of the traditional villages in Bali, Indonesia

Based on, a sustainable city is one of the agenda of Sustainable Development Goals or known as SDG that ought to be approached in 2030. This is due to the fact that urban areas are populated by more than half of the world’s population. This will increase by 2050 and is predicted to reach 6.5 billion people or two-thirds of the human population.

This phenomenon leads to many problems that will also cause other problems to appear such as poverty, urban migration, urban spaces, environment, accommodation, slum areas, public transportation, and green spaces. The government will struggle in solving those problems and make it as clear as possible. This is a little bit challenging due to the crucial progress across the multiple goals from Sustainable Development Goals or SDG.

However, there is the cleanest city that avoids those problems above nowadays and keeps sustainable. The city is named Penglipuran and it is located in Bali, Indonesia. Join me to walk around virtually in the 1st cleanest city in Penglipuran!


Penglipuran was categorized as the first cleanest city in Asia and got nobility as one of the three other cities that also received the cleanest city in the world. Penglipuran became famous and prominent after that.

Great Concept of Infrastructure

Penglipuran village is one of the 1st cleanest city traditional village in Asia

Penglipuran is an area that has well-organized infrastructures and buildings. Many traditional and ancient buildings remain and are well-treated until today. People can look it tidy in a row with precision and feel satisfied with it. All of the house yards are clean along with green plants as well as the fresh air. Local flowers also coloured the environment there such as rose, Bougainville,  Hibiscus, and Frangipani flowers.

The building structure is similar from one to another including the roof, door, and gate. Even, the room location and living room are also resemblant. This is due to the philosophy of the house itself, that is “live with nature”. Each of the gates just can be passed by one person or adult. The walls are layered with clay along with Balinese carvings.

Surrounded by Bamboo Trees

A sign indicating the direction to the Bamboo Forest in the traditional village of Penglipuran in Bali

Besides the great infrastructure, this area is surrounded by bamboo trees. Almost 40 percent of the area is surrounded by bamboo trees. The magnificent layout encourages people to take a photo with bamboo trees as the background. In fact, the bamboo trees here received the Kalpataru award from the Indonesian government for protecting and maintaining the bamboo forest.

Besides, bamboo trees also contribute to the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since bamboo trees change oxygen more than 35 percent into carbon dioxide from the common trees. Bamboo trees do not need chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other chemicals to grow and it can increase the soil quality more flourishing.

Neat and Fresh

The village is neat and fresh

Furthermore, this area is located 700 metres above sea level, as a result, the people still can feel the coolness from the air. This area is open to the public including domestic and non-domestic tourists. To keep the fresh air and the genuineness, the locals prohibited the tourists to come in by using vehicles, thus, all of the people should walk to enjoy the area. In fact, this area is also far away from the city’s uproar.

The tidiness is being done hereditary and leads to the people’s awareness about the environment. Besides, the locals also made several prohibitions to remain the area in a clean condition such as throwing away the trash, draining off the cesspool, and smoking at random. All of the area has trash bins that are made of bamboo.

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