Attraction Desa Manggisari, Kecamatan Pekutatan, Kec. Jembrana, Bali, Indonesia Published on: 27-03-2016
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Why Bunut Bolong is special ?
Bunut Bolong is a sacred and unique tree that is located in Manggisari village 11 km to the north from the main Denpasar – Gilimanuk road, 86 km from Denpasar. The sacred tree is situated on the ridge of a hill flanked on east sides by clove plantation and on the west side gorge with excellent lush green tropical forest.
The name Bunut Bolong is given due to the unique characteristic of this tree. the word “bunut” is Balinese name for a species of fig family which has similar characteristic with banyan tree, and the word “bolong” means “hole”, so the word “Bunut Bolong” means a bunut tree which has a hole in it. As a matter fact, this sacred tree has a big hole in the bottom of it, so big that a road can through it and the diameter of the hole can accommodate two cars side by side.
The road through the Bunut Bolong tree was build since it is impossible to build the road either on the right or the left side of the tree. Moreover, cutting down the tree is out of question since the spirits that reside in the tree refuse to move out from the tree and against all efforts on cutting down the tree. This sacred tree is guarded by the spirits of two tigers that are symbolized by the statue of two tiger on a shrine on the south side of the tree. The set of shrines that accompany this sacred tree is known as Pujangga Sakti Temple that is established to honor the great sage Dang Hyang Sidhi Mantra who happened to pass this area hundreds years ago.
What to explore at Bunut Bolong?
In the Manggissari village, located in the western part of Bali, stands yet another majestic tree that’s renowned for its supernatural powers.
But unlike the giant banyan tree that supposedly grants wishes, the Bunut Bolong Tree (meaning “tree with a hole in it”) has a far more ominous history.
The tree has roots on either side of a stretch of road, forming an archway that visitors can drive through. Brides and grooms are advised to refrain from passing through this way, though – legend has it that those who do will end up separated.
To protect people from the power of the tree, another road has been constructed next to it for believers to pass through.
But regardless of your belief in the legend, there’s nothing like a bit of risk to pique the adventurer’s interest, isn’t it?
- Cool spot
- Hangout place for the teenage motorbike club
- Interesting place to visit in West Bali
- Unique tree
- Nice place to visit
Desa Manggisari, Kecamatan Pekutatan, Kec. Jembrana, Bali, Indonesia
Tips for you
Bunut Bolong Tree is a hug banyan tree with big hole. The Bunut Bolong tree is unique, because you can drive with a large car through the tree. You can find this huge tree in Desa Manggisari/Pekutatan. It is an interesting place to visit in West Bali.