Mekepung (Buffalo Race)
As agriculture area which its population is mostly farmer, Jembrana Regency it’s also known with population of their buffalo that is cultivated traditionally by rue local. Previously, the buffaloes are functioned for plowing the soil and platting the rice field before the planting season. It is usually done by the farmers in group, while testing the speed of their buffaloes in wet soil. Besides that, the buffaloes are also used to drop the paddy from the rice field to house in harvesting time. Derived from the tradition of farmers during harvesting time who collect their harvest from the field to house by using a cart that is pulled by a couple of buffalo where they always race each other, then appear an intention among them to make a real race by using the buffalo and its cart. Eventually, these two traditions are developed as a traditional race named ‘’ mekepung’’. There are two kinds of mekepung that are mekepung in the wet arena ( mekepung lampit ), and mekepung on the road around the rice field.
At the next period, mekepung of buffalo race becomes a distinctive tradition in jembrana that is conserved, and has becoming the icon of jembrana. Thus, jembrana is also known as the’ ’land of mekepung’’.
Nowadays, mekepung with all of its uniqueness and attractiveness has been developed and packed as one of the main tourism attraction of jembrana regency. In the form of mekepung competition. This event is held annually on July until November each year, formally, there are 9 competitions on 6 different places, held on Sunday each 2 weeks, there are 2 competitions that are the most glamour and attractive, that is the regent cup on august and governor cup on November.
The other interesting features in mekepung competition are the buffalos itself and the cart that used is fully decorated with traditional Balinese accessories. All jockeys who ride the buffalo wear Balinese custom. Each competition is usually involved by 500 couple of buffalos, which are divided into 2 groups and 4 categories.
Mekepung competition is always accompanied by the performance of traditional art, especially the art of jegog which has become the mascot of jembrana in the field of art. Besides as the entertainment, jegog performance is also purposed to accompany and support the participants of mekepung competition.
Manggissari, Pekutatan, Kabupaten Jembrana, Bali 82262
Juwuk Manis Waterfall
A long hike leads to one of Bali’s most beautiful waterfalls.
At another part of Manggis sari village, exactly in Juwuk Manis Sub-Village, eastern of Bunut Bolong, there is a waterfall which is surrounded by a beautiful and natural panorama.
Juwuk Manis waterfall is about 15 meter high, and has been much visited by tourists. This place could be reached through Pangyangan village which is located at the sides of Denpasar –Gilimanuk high way, about 50 km from Denpasar to the west. From Pangyangan Village, it is about 7 km to the north to arrive at Juwuk Manis Sub-Village. Then, to arrive at the waterfall, it is continued by walking on foot passing a path among the plantation of the local.
The interesting point of this waterfall, beside the high and its clear water, is also its environment which is still natural, pleasant, and beautiful. Thus, it is very interesting for those who love environmental conservation, adventured tourism including trekking, camping, etc.
Fishing with Mariono
Hire a 20 foot fiberglass traditional fishing boat guided by a charming local guide.
Explore West Bali
Explore the nature and country side beauty of Bali island, the tour takes you to explore west Bali, such as Medewi rice terraces, Bunut bolong, and Rambut Siwi Tample.
Negara - Jembrana
The Art of Jegog
Jegog which is a distinctive art of music of Jembrana, formerly is a traditional music in which its instruments are made of bamboo in huge sizes. It was created in 1912 by Kiyang Geliduh, an artist from Sebual Sub-Village, Jembrana Sub- District.
At the next period, Jegog which is firstly used as an art of performance and entertainment. The instruments are collaborated with other music instruments, and often performed to accompany Balinese Traditional Dance.
As the tradition of Mekepung, the art of Jegog is also originally created in Jembrana which has been developed and popular all over the world. Nowadays, jegog could be watched in form of music art, as well as collaboration with traditional dances.
Jembrana Regency, Jegog is available in almost all villages, and has becoming the trade mark of Jembrana Regency in the field of art. As tourism attraction, Jegog is often performed at stared hotels and restaurants in Bali, or other places according to the request of the tourists.
Mendoyo Dangin Tukad, Jembrana
Jembrana is famous for its friendly community of people who come to visit so no wonder if the people who live in Jembrana area is a plural society.
For the indigenous community of Jembrana region is famous for producing a very beautiful woven fabric.
The motives of this woven fabric are done traditionally with manual equipment from the smallest environment in the life of Jembrana households. Most of this woven fabric work done by housewives and mothers who are elderly.
The government thinking is very important if a woman or girl to be able to use the weaving machine as part of education and build a sense of love for the culture of art weaving.
We do really appreciated Jembrana women who highly uphold the cultural values and history of the development of this jembrana woven fabric.
Weaving became a culture that developed within the community of Jembrana women at that time where the results that we can still observe with so many works that exist in Jembrana region which is a very expensive inheritance for the nation culture.