Bandung
Thursday, October 27, 2005

Destinations

Vila Isola

This superb example of Art Deco style building is located on the northern part of Bandung. The architect, A.F. Aalbers who also designed the new Savoy Homan, has dedicated his time and creativity in exploring the design, which finally resulted in this distinguished piece of art. Surrounded by a vast area of rectangular form of paddy fields seen from above, the complex had an orderly arrangement of site plan that recalled the regularity of the paddy fields.

It was built in 1932 for the Italian millionaire D.W. Berretyan art-critics phillantropist who died shortly after the building finished. Later this building was changed into a villa-hotel, and later as a Teacher Training College.
Villa Isola is located on Northern Bandung. With its splendid site and beautiful view surrounding, this hotel has won a special place among the many hotels existed in Netherlands Indie.


TANGKUBAN PERAHU

tangkubanparahu is an active stratovolcano within the Sunda Caldera, west Java. Tangkubanparahu has erupted about seventeen times since 1826. The city of Bandung, population 1.6 million, is 18 miles (30 km) south of the volcano.
Mt. Tangkuban Perahu is Bandung's most famous tourist volcano just 28 km north of the city. This volcano offers many places to see and explore. Whether you look into the huge crater or hike down into it, stroll through the forest on its slopes, or simply enjoy the splendid panoramic view, Mt. Tangkuban Perahu is an interesting destination that everyone in the Bandung area is fond of visiting. When seen from Bandung, Mt. Tangkuban Perahu has a distinctive shape, like an upside down boat. Tangkuban Perahu means, in fact, "up-turned boat" This peculiar shape has stimulated the fantasy of the Sundanese people from early times as expressed in the Legend of Sangkuriang.

Geologically, Mt. Tangkuban Perahu has played a significant role in the development of the Parahyangan highlands. Eruptions have contributed immensely to the hills north of Bandung through lava flowing into the valleys and hardening into rock, thus forming big cliffs over which waterfalls leap. Likewise, mud flows have formed a semi-circular cone of gentle gradient (what geologists call "a fan"), which is now a mass that blocked the valley of the ancient Citarum River near present day in Padalarang (some 18 km west of Bandung), this caused a lake to form covering the whole Bandung plain.

Though the mountain appears peaceful, mild eruptions occurred in 1969, when Kawah Ratu spewed ash and barrages 500 m high. As recently as September 1992 it was closed to the public for a few days because unusually high seismic activity lead volcanologists to fear a new eruption. On the mountain's northern flank is an area called Death Valley, so named for its frequent accumulation of poisonous gases. On a reasonably clear day, from Kawah Ratu, the main crater, you can see not only the mountain range to the east, with Mt. Bukittunggul as its highest peak (2,209 m), but also two other in a northeasterly direction. The lower and nearer one is Mt. Tampomas ( 1,684 m) just north of Sumedang some 40 km away. To the right and about 90 km away is Mt. Ciremai close to Cirebon on the north coast. At 3,078 m, Mt. Ciremai is West Java's tallest mountain. At the foot of Mt. Tangkuban Perahu you see the Ciater tea plantation covering the rolling hills. Farther to the left are the northern coastal plains of Java, and on an extremely clear day you may even be able to see the Java Sea beyond.



Kawah Ratu, which means "Queen's Crater", is today just a big gray hole which sometimes has a pool of water at its center. Poisonous gases sometimes accumulate in Kawah Ratu, thus making it somewhat of a risk to descend to the crater floor. Beyond the saddled shaped depression on the far side of Kawah Ratu is the still active Kawah Upas, the oldest crater on the mountain. On the very far western cliff you see a spot where all vegetation has been destroyed by constantly rising sulphurous vapors. On the crater walls, note the various layers of material consisting of rock, sand, and pebbles. Overtime, new craters have formed again and again in a rather consistent shift from west to east. The most well known of these is the Domas crater, but also there are other smaller ones in jungle on the mountain's northeastern flank.


Boscha

Boscha Observatory at Lembang. It's from the Dutch, now belong to Indonesian. A place for astronomy folk, the building is so attractive located in North Bandung before Tangkuban Perahu mountain. Fresh air, and the green view.

Juanda Park

THe park used to be called dago Pakar, located 8 km North of Bandung’s down town. It is accessed by public transportation from Cicaheum, Kebon Kalapa and Leuwipanjang bus stations, and also from Bandung railway station. From dago terminal you can walk along 2 km to the location or if you bring your car, you can get it through.

Total area of the park is 590 ha Located on Cikapundung riverbanks, it lies on 770-1.330 m above sea level. The topography of its sphere is aslant pretty steep, and very steep. Temperatur in the valley is 220 C – 240C with average annual rainfall of 2.226 mm.

It comprises 2.500 trees which belong to 40 families and 108 species, among others are : Cemara Sumatra (Casuarina Sumatra), jati (Tektona Grandis), Mahoni Uganda (Khya Anthotheea), Pines (Pinus Inssularis), and kaliandra (Calliandra Partoricensis).


CiAter

Located in Subang the most popular source natural hot water that to heal someone from the diseases. So ou can go directly from Tangkuban Perahu right there cause is not to far away. a lot of attractions also in Subang, and you can try the Subang pineapple that really delicious and famous.
The natural hot water in Ciater could restoratived any diseases just try..

Cibaduyut

The shoe manufacturing traditional industry of leather shoes in Bandung, so many good qualities, creatives are made from here, and most of the people in Bandung eventhought in Indonesia know this place and a lot of shoes are made here is to be exported to out of country.

The City

Heading east down Jalan Asia-Afrika, along the northern edge of the alun-alun, you come to the Gedung Merdeka building , which hosted the first Asia-Afrika Conference in 1955 and is known as the Asia-Afrika or Liberty building. Inside, a small museum commemorates the conference. Many of the delegates stayed at the nearby Art Deco Savoy Homann hotel, which opened in 1939 and is still one of Bandung's premier hotels. Slightly west of here is the beginning of Jalan Braga , the chic shopping boulevard of 1920s Bandung. There's still one bakery here that's tried to hang on to its history, and a few of the facades maintain their stylish designs. The side streets that run off Jalan Braga were notorious for their raucous bars and brothels - at night a lot of the seediness remains.

North of Jalan Braga, to the east of Kebun Raya park, off Jalan Sumatra, is the bizarre Taman Lalu Lintas, the " Traffic Park ". Designed to educate kids in the way of the highway, it has a system of miniature cars, roads and street signs. A twenty-minute walk to the northeast, the impressive Gedung Sate building at Jl Diponegoro 22, is known as the Sate Building because the regular globules on its gold-leaf spire resemble meat on a skewer. It was built in the 1920s and now houses local government offices. The excellent Geographical Museum (Mon-Thurs 9am-2pm, Fri 9-11am, Sat 9am-1pm; free) is nearby at Jl Diponegoro 57, and displays mountains of fossils, as well as several full dinosaur skeletons, a four-metre mammoth skeleton and a replica of the skull of the famous Java man.

About 750m west of the museum, Jalan Cihampelas, known to Westerners as Jeans Street , is lined with shops selling cheap T-shirts, bags, shoes and jeans (though these are no longer such a bargain). The shopfronts themselves are adorned with a kitsch kaleidoscope of colossal plaster superheroes, including Rambo, straddling spaceships and fluffy stucco clouds.