Osing Kemiren Village

Osing Kemiren Village, Banyuwangi

The city at the tip of East Java, Banyuwangi is transformed into an attractive dream city to visit, the city which is also referred to as the sun rise of java has succeeded in capturing the hearts of foreign tourists By carrying out the concept of Ecotourism, Banyuwangi has succeeded in developing ecofriendly tourism by prioritizing aspects of nature conservation, as well as socio cultural and economic empowerment of local communities.

Not only is nature the main attraction of Banyuwangi, but the original culture has also succeeded in stealing the attention of the world, to preserve Banyuwangi culture, the Banyuwangi Government and Java Private Tour try to continue in a sustainable manner to preserve the preservation and local wisdom of Osing Tourism Village as a cultural preservation. Osing Tourism Village is located in Kemiren Village, Glagah District in Banyuwangi Regency.  Residents in this village are a group of people who have the customs and culture typical of a tribe known as the Osing tribe. The government established it as a cultural heritage area and developed it as the Osing Tribe Tourism Village.

Osing people, is the remaining Blambangan community, the descendants of the Blambangan Hindu kingdom are different from the Javanese and Balinese people in general, both in terms of customs and culture and language. Kemiren Village was born in the Dutch colonial era, 1830. initially, this village is just a stretch of rice fields and forests belonging to residents of Cungking Village which is the forerunner of the Osing community.

The Osing community in Kamiren village has a distinctive tradition that has been carried on for generations, all of which are still original, when you enter the village of Kemiren there is a different atmosphere than all the villages in Banyuwangi, one of which is in terms of farming, the Osing people hold a tradition of ceremonies asking for safety from the time they begin planting seeds, when rice has begun to fill, until harvest time, and when harvest time comes, farmers use "Ani-Ani" (a small knife used to harvest rice) and are accompanied by "Angklung" (a musical instrument made of bamboo) and a "Gendang" punch (Javanese musical instrument which is sounded by means of  hit with a hand) that is played in the rice fields. When pounding rice the women will play the tradition of "gedhogan", which is hitting "Lesung" (traditional tools in processing rice or grain into rice), and "alu" (pounding tools) so as to produce various sounds that are very heard such as music. This "Lesung" music has become an art that is included in the Osing's original cultural heritage.

After being designated as Osing Tourism Village in 1995, a Tourism Platform was located in the north of this village, This platform presents the concept of the traditional house of the Osing tribe, and always displays the art of the local residents, and as a place to showcase the results of its culture and the uniqueness of the village of Osing which is full of attractions, you will be amazed to see the Barong Ider Earth Ritual in the village of Kemiren, which is characterized as a form of winged and crowned lion with large eyes that are bulging, fanged, chin moving and played by two people, at a glance similar to the Lion Dance Barongsai.

Next is the culture that is also preserved in the Indigenous Village of Kemiren, Sanggar Genjah Arum. This studio is like a museum in the Indigenous Village of Kemiren Banyuwangi. The place is privately owned managed by a businessman to preserve the traditional culture of Banyuwangi. Entering this studio will bring you back to the Banyuwangi era in the past, in this place there are seven traditional houses that are very old, and also some ancient ornaments that make the atmosphere of the past feel thicker, "Paglak" is the name for a traditional small hut made of bamboo with palm roof, very different from the hut in general, because Paglak was built as high as 10 meters from the ground using four bamboo sticks as a buffer, "Angklung Paglak" is a musical game performed on the hut This art of music has become one of the cultural customs preserved in the traditional village of Kemiren Banyuwangi until now.

Gandrung Dance Performance, is one of the many cultural charms that can be found in this Kemiren traditional village, while relaxing in the Genjah Arum Studio you will be spoiled by dancers who are very entertaining, and you can even dance together.

For you coffee lovers, You can also taste the Osing Coffee of the traditional village of Kemiren Banyuwangi, or the typical coffee of the Osing community which is known to have such a delicious taste, even you can also practice directly to learn to do the processing, which starts from roasting, pounding coffee beans, filtering coffee grounds to practice how to serve Osing coffee, Osing coffee can be processed into any type of coffee drink, ranging from espresso to robusta, the taste will always be delicious.

Here are also available recreational facilities and tourist facilities such as swimming pools, playgrounds, and of course there is a modern museum building which houses a variety of Osing cultural equipment and accessories.

Java Private Tour with its ecotourism program offers you to explore local culture which is very interesting to try, with you traveling to Banyuwangi along with Java Private Tour, then you have directly contributed to preserving Indonesian culture.


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