Observing Osing Tradition at Kemiren Village Banyuwangi


Banyuwangi runs fast in order to develop its tourism potential. The proximity with Bali gives this island an advantage to attract foreign tourists. Banyuwangi is just a short ferry trip away from Bali. Not only natural wonders, but Banyuwangi also promote their cultural aspect such as at Kemiren Village.

The rice field at Kemiren. via Handoko Kurniawan/Travelingyuk

Before the current tourism industry era, Kemiren is just another village you can find in Banyuwangi. However, this village shines along with the acceleration of tourism industry development in Banyuwangi. Here is all you need to know about Kemiren, a unique village in Banyuwangi.


The shiny rice field. via Handoko Kurniawan/Travelingyuk

Kemiren is really easy to reach. It is only a few kilometers away from downtown Banyuwangi. You will probably need less than half an hour away to get there. You only need to go west of the city, via Widuri Street and you will get there before you know it. The road is very good, even if you ride a bicycle, you will be able to get there rather effortlessly. Administratively, Kemiren is part of Glagah District, Banyuwangi Regency.


Kemiren is an Osing Village. via Instagram/desa_kemiren

Banyuwangi is the home of unique Osing people. Currently Osing people lives in nine (out of 24) districts in Banyuwangi. However, there are only 14 villages that still practice the original Osing tradition, Kemiren included. Kemiren itself became a tourism village with a view to preserve their tradition with eco-tourism approach. It means that Kemiren wants to conserve their natural surrounding with the wisdom of Osing while still attracting tourists.

Natural Beauties

The refreshing field. via Handoko Kurniawan/Travelingyuk

Physically, Kemiren is a typical village in Java. The residential area is surrounded by cultivated lands, with a beautiful mountain in the background. You can indeed enjoy the peaceful atmosphere as you are strolling along the road of this village. Evening walk in this village while watching the sun sets will leave a lasting impression. The village is indeed beautiful in its own way.

Osing Tradition

A unique Osing dance. via Instagram/desa_kemiren

The tribe of Osing (sometimes also spelled Using) are a unique group of people, sometimes they are considered as a part of Java ethnicity. However, Osing has a unique culture, language, and tradition. To ensure the conservation of osing tradition here, the government of Banyuwangi also has made Kemiren a cultural heritage area.

Beautiful scenery. via Handoko Kurniawan/Travelingyuk

Kemiren is a nice place to visit, especially if you love the cultural part during your vacation. The accessible location also adds to the attractiveness of this village among travelers. So if you need a change of pace after visiting the best natural wonders of Banyuwangi, you can visit this idyllic village.

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