Have you ever heard about the name Bindu village? The village has an advantage compared to other villages in Bali. Bindu is a customary village located at Mekar Bhuwana administrative village, Abiansemal subdistrict, Badung. The distance is about 15 minutes from the heart of Ubud and approximately 30 minutes from Denpasar.
Bindu village has the potential to be developed into a culture-based tourism village. It has beautiful nature, strong cultural community as well as becomes the center of the development of drama gong art. Many renowned players of drama gong (traditional theater) were born at this village, such as Gangsar and Lodra.
In the 1980s, the Drama Gong ‘Putra Jenggala Bindu’ of the village was very famous. Then, it became more famous in Bali when it was renamed to Bintang Bali Timur or literally Eastern Bali Star. In addition, the village also gave birth to reliable gamelan players and Balinese creative dancers.
The atmosphere of beautiful village makes the area of Bindu customary village a good location for recreational and sport activities with the background of countryside or rice fields. It includes for the development of cycling paths and a leisurely stroll in the middle of 25 hectares of rice fields. “Crystal clear river is excellent for river tubing activities,” said the Chief of Subak Gaga, I Gusti Nyoman Sudira.
Subak area at this village had magnificent view and a lot of oxygen. The traditional farming culture stayed beautiful. Walkway in the area serves to smooth the agricultural activities and to be functioned for leisurely stroll, sport health as well as a venue for creative education about subak. “To maintain the subak system, there is an agreement to preserve the rice field so as not to be converted,” he said. In the past, he explained that Subak Gaga had an area of 25 hectares and 2 hectares had been converted into other purposes. “This is what we preserve,” he added.
The desire to make Bindu village a culture-based tourism village is very strong because the village has the actors that nature-, culture- and spiritual-based tourism. Among others, there is a Jiwa Damai Foundation where people can learn about permaculture and develop organic agro-business.
As for the tourist settlement, at the village has been established an international hotel or resort namely the Furama Villas & Spa as well as Furama Xclusive Villas & Spa. The resort has commitment to support all the activities focused on social development and empowerment of local communities.
“Through CSR program, Furama will always embrace and maximize the local potential in order that local people can enjoy the tourism development in the future,” said Resort Manager of Furama Villas & Spa, Wayan Sumandia. According to him, his party would continue to cooperate with Bindu village to perform a variety of activities that supported the realization of Bindu village into a culture-based tourism village. (BTN/015)
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