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The Bandung tour the South territory (Wisata Bandung Selatan)

Bandung was south more was known with his activity centres agro the tour (agriculture and the tea plantation in Rancabali, Ciwidey, Malabar, Pangalengan and Gunung Halu), the Tirta Tour (There Patenggang and There Cileunca) and Wana Wisata (the Kamojang Crater, the White crater and hot Cimanggu water).

The area of the Ciwidey Tour was to be the area of the aim of the tour that was complete enough at the south of the Bandung Regency, by Pangalengan with the tourist attraction There Cileunca him, Agro the Malabar tour, and the object of the other tourist attraction.

The Patengan lake (Situ Patengan)
Was a nature lake that was located in the tea plantation ranca Bali, be at a distance around 47 Km from the Bandung city. Was the tour region that berudara cool and fresh, very far from pollution. At the edge of the lake was gotten by many boats that could be leased for tourists over the lake.

Traveler Tips: visited this place better in the morning up to the day, because in the afternoon usually the fog descends. The fog there patengan very thick in fact the distance of the look could only 1-2 metre so as to be not seen by scenery anything. For boat rent surrounded the lake better you did bargained counteracted the price before. Usually the price that was offered sektar Rp 10,000 s/d Rp. 15,000/the person.

The White Crater (Kawah Putih)
Still was located in the region ranca Bali, be at a distance around 44 Km from the Bandung city or to be precise in the Wealthy village, the Jambu. Sand subdistrict the white crater was a crater lake from the Patuha mountain with the height 2.434 metre above sea level. This crater was one of the craters with the level of acidity of the highest sulphur in the world, therefore the colonial Dutch government had built the sulphur factory in this place.

The uniqueness of this tourist attraction was his crater that was white, air here very cold in fact could reach 0- 2 levels celcius in certain seasons.

Traveler Tips: Same like there patengan in the afternoon in the white crater usually descended the very thick fog. Besides this the level of sulphur became very high so as this crater was often closed in the afternoon.

The Strawberry garden.
The tour reaped strawberry at this time was the tour that really was enjoyed by tourists.

Strawberry was the product agrowisata supreme from the Bandung regency, especially in the Ciwidey area. In this area was gotten plenty of gardens strawberry traditional up to the garden with the professional management. You were free to choose what garden that was liked by you and reaped personally direct.

Traveler Tips: Strawberry the good quality was precisely received apart from the rain season, because of his characteristics that were easy broken/rotten if often was affected by the rain water. If you visited when the rain season, better choose the garden strawberry that was closed/used green house.

Cimanggu.
The Ciwidey area really was rich in the source of hot water natural. One of them make use of by the sounding lead perhutani as the Cimanggu swimming pool. The Cimanggu pond had facilities parked that was wide, the place played children, etc..

Ciwalini.
As in the case of Cimanggu, Ciwalini also made use of his spillway the source of the hot spring nature. This swimming pool was in the Walini environment of the tea plantation that was cool.

Traveler Tips: Cimanggu the pond and the area parkir him was wide + was supplemented with the playing place of children, but ciwalini had clearer water..

Ranca Upas.
An available complex of the camp earth around the area of the Eucalyptus crop, a kind of crop that came from the Australian continent. This region be at a distance 41 Km from the centre of the Bandung city, and was located in the height 1.700 metre from sea level, with the temperature of air in general 18 levels celcius.

In this place also was gotten by breeding of deer that became the attraction for tourists.

The Cileunca lake.
The Cileunca lake was an available lake in the Pangalengan area. This lake was the artificial lake that the width 1.400 hectare by being surrounded hills and had a background mountains.

Apart from functioning as onjek the interesting tour, there Cileunca also functioned as the source of water for the generator of the electricity power. Water was from the lake channelled through the Palayangan river, that also often was used as the arena had crossed jeram/rafting. Peket rafting in the Palayangan river

The plantation of Malabar Tea.
The Malabar mountain that had the attraction of the tea plantation of nature with cool air natural, really was suitable for the sport activity walked/tea walk while ber recreation. In the middle of the plantation was gotten by old building sorts that still were treated well, like guest house, administration's housing of the plantation in the colonisation period up to the K.A.R. BOSSCHA grave.

The Hot Cibolang Water bathing place.
One wana the hot tour of the water bathing place nature that was located in the bordering jungle with the tea garden. Was located in foot the Puppet mountain in the height 1.500 metre above sea level, with the revolving temperature 18 levels celcius. Really was suitable for the family's tour with quite complete facilities.

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Angklung art from West Java (original Indonesia)


Played the musical instrument angklung not was easy like that was imagined. Needed the sensitivity of the feeling to shake angklung in order to be able to dismiss the soft and toned sound. Want to could play angklung? Come to the Mang Ujo Cave in Padang Ratu, Cicaheum, Bandung, West Java. The management of the Mang Ujo Cave will give the guidance, in fact until taught the instruction angklung. At this time, padepokan accommodated the kindergarten pupil until the interested senior secondary school studied the typical traditional musical instrument of this Parahyangan Land.

When being established around 1938, the deceased Daeng Sutigna only intended to conserve local art. Later, sound-bunyian that was caused from angklung evidently could suck extraordinary attention. Almost every day padepokan was filled up by the visitor, from that only want to just enjoyed the sound wave angklung, to that was interested understand better. Finally Daeng Sutigna increasingly serious managed his cave. He formed the group angklung with the number of players more. Daeng Sutigna seriousness bore fruit results. The group angklung him could appear in front of the Heada of State in the Conference Asian Afika in the Building of Merdeka Bandung in 1955.



Currently, although the founder has died, his heir that is Mang Ujo and Erwin Anwar stayed determined continued the Daeng Sutigna goal. In order to follow the development of the time, Mang Ujo combined the sound angklung with the other musical instrument, like kendang, the piano, the organ, or the guitar. Moreover Mang Ujo made the centre of the production and the development of the artistic creation angklung. His program was introduced angklung to the students at the same time studied about the musical instrument instruction that took this black bamboo base.

Mang Ujo afterwards developed the concept padepokan (Institute) only did not make angklung, but also the other handicraft. By appointing several officials, the Mang Ujo Cave now markets various souvenirs, including the wall decoration or the miniature of the ship and the traditional house.

To popularise the blend of musical art and the handicraft, Mang Ujo established the work was the same as the Government of the Bandung Municipality or the local travel agency. The party of the local guest and foreign will be entertained by the concert angklung, showed the mask dance, the circumcision procession, and the puppet roll over. The players all of them, yes children who were bundled into this Mang Ujo artistic group. Tourists's response in the concert was very positive. Some tourists in fact were not reluctant to go along berlenggak-lenggok followed the musical wave angklung. (Ken/Inka Prawirasasra and Effendi Kasah)

The related Link :
http://www.angklung-udjo.co.id
http://angklung-web-institute.com

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WAYANG GOLEK Spectacular puppetry and gamelan from West Java


Enter a magical and enthralling world of Javanese legend brought to life through the master puppetry and music of West Java’s leading Wayang Golek troupe Giri Harja III led by Asep Sunandar Sunarya, Sunda’s most celebrated dalang (puppeteer). Steeped in a long family tradition of dalangs, he is a captivating storyteller, skilfully manipulating his elaborately carved and decorated puppets through raucous fight scenes, where puppets are thrown and spun in the air, to complex martial arts movements and the delicate and subtle expressions of traditional dance. Asep is particularly loved for his humour, using trick mechanisms in the puppets and hilarious references to every day life to entertain audiences of all ages. The accompanying gamelan music is lively and varied, characterised by dynamic dance drumming contrasting with music of incredible subtlety and beauty.

The troupe
Asep Sunandar Sunarya dalang (puppeteer)
Dedeh Herawati juru kawih sinden (female vocal)
Wandi Suhendi saron I
Asep Suhanda saron II
Dadan Suhendar demung
Dinar Mustika peking
Arief Nugraha R gambang
Endang Rahmat kendang
Aip Wiganda rebab
Akep Rahmat bonang
Cipta Dewa canoli I
Nenah Hayati canoli II
Dedi Rosida gong
Dedi Rosida wiraswara (male vocal)

Wayang Golek is a traditional form of puppetry from Sunda, West Java. Unlike the better-known leather shadow puppets (wayang kulit) which are found in the rest of Java and Bali, wayang golek puppets are made from wood, and being three-dimensional do not use a screen. They simply use a banana palm in which the puppets stand, behind which one puppeteer (or dalang) is accompanied by his gamelan percussion orchestra with (in Indonesia) up to 20 musicians. The musicians are guided by the drummer, who in turn is guided by signals which the dalang gives whenever there is a change of mood or pace required.



Traditionally these shows are performed for at least six hours during the night, attracting an adult audience of all social classes. Originally these shows might be performed, (for example), to appease the gods, to offer thanks or ask protection for a harvest or to exorcise evil spirits. They also continue to be performed at circumcision or wedding parties, or to events such as the anniversaries of large businesses. The wayang golek performance becomes a social event around which there may be many stalls selling refreshments and other small items, and the audience come and go as they please, watching or listening from all sides. They particularly enjoy the clown scenes, when much tomfoolery and satire take place.

The stories are usually based on the epic stories of the Ramayana or Mahabharata, originally Hindu epics from India, which later were adopted and adapted to suit Muslim teachings. (Only in Bali wayang kulit are still used within the Hindu faith). The six hour show of wayang golek does not tell the whole story of these epics. Instead one story might be chosen from a tiny part of the whole epic, and there are many stories within stories. Sometimes new stories are also created, but the history of the characters in the original epic is always respected. After a new story has been performed for some years, this too might become a part of the established fact/storybank(pakem) which other dalang then draw upon. Wayang golek storytelling is therefore like a tree which continues to grow many new branches from the same long-established trunk.

In Indonesia people are familiar with the different types of character appearing in the stories, which can be recognised by the size, shape colour and angle of their eyes and nose and the way they walk, talk, sing, dance and fight. It is a highly respected art form, and continues to thrive as a vibrant living tradition, offering a coded philosophy within which there is something for everyone, rich or poor, politician or artist alike.(http://www.indonesianembassy.org.uk)

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Braga Street


Braga Street is a small street in the center of Bandung, Indonesia, which was famous in the 1920s as a promenade street. Chic cafes, boutiques and restaurants with European ambiance along the street had made the city to attain the Paris van Java nickname. The street starts from a T-junction with the Asia-Afrika Street (or De Groote Postweg during the colonial times) to the north until the city council (balaikota), which was formerly a coffee warehouse.

Early history

Initially, Braga Street has an official name of Karreweg. The city resident dubbed the street as Pedatiweg, from the Indonesian language of horse-drawn carriages (pedati), because it was a narrow street (about 10 m or 30 feet (9.1 m) wide) that only carriages could pass through. The street was built only to connect the major Great Post Road with a coffee warehouse, owned by a Dutch coffee plantation owner Andries de Wilde (the warehouse is now the seat of the city administration or balaikota). In 1856, when Bandung was the capital of Priangan Regency, some colonial houses were built along the dirt road of Braga Street with their houses thatched with reeds, alang-alang grass or other straw materials.



In 1882, a theater group established itself at the south part of the street and the Toneel Braga, the name of the drama group, became famous. Residents flocked into the street to watch the group's performance every night and therefore the road was then improved by stones and oil lamps were installed for the lights. The street was then popularly known as the Braga street.

In 1884, a railroad connecting Batavia to the city was laid down and the city core grew rapidly. New buildings filled the southern end of the street while the northern one was still a rubber tree forest. The street became more famous with a grocery store named De Vries which sells daily needs for rich plantation owners. Hotels, banks, cafes and restaurants were opened and the street transformed itself into a major shopping street.



In the early of twentieth century, the street was the most European shopping street in the Dutch Indies. Several well-known Western products opened their stores in the street, including Chrysler, Plymouth and Renault car distributors. Colonial bookstores, watches and jeweleries retailers and boutique shops were common in the street for the high class people.

Buildings
In the 1900s, along with the Dutch East Indies government plan to move the capital from Batavia to Bandung, the government included Braga Street into part of town planning. In 1906, the city council began replacing stone by asphalt and applying a new rule of designing new buildings at the street. Art Deco buildings began to decorate the street and about 50% of which are still present with their original architecture.

Starting from the south entrance, the Gedung Merdeka (Independence Building) stands at the corner, known as the venue of the 1955 Asia-Africa Conference. Built in 1895 as a clubhouse for the wealthy, the building was first named as the Concordia Society. The building was renovated twice in 1920 and 1928, the last of which was designed by two Dutch architects, Van Gallen Last and C.P. Wolff Schoemaker. It is now used as a museum of the conference.

At the southeast corner of the cross-section between the Naripan Street, an eight-stories building is noticeable for its distinctive oceanwave style. Designed by Dutch architect A.F. Aalbers in 1936, the radical modern architecture building was used for the DENIS (De Eerste Nederlandsch-Indische Spaarkas or the First Dutch-Indies Savings) bank. Aalbers applied the Amsterdam School architectural style with its strong expressionism dialect, shown by the rounded curves along the horizontal side and one vertical fa├žade in the middle, but he put also the modernist architecture for the interior design. The building is still used as the headquarter of a regional bank, the Bank Jabar.(wikipedia)

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Tangkuban Perahu

Tangkuban Perahu, or Tangkuban Parahu in local Sundanese dialect, is an active volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs upclose, and buy eggs cooked on its hot surface. This stratovolcano is on the island of Java and last erupted in 1983.



The name translates roughly to "upturning of (a) boat" or "upturned boat" in Sundanese, referring to the local legend of its creation. The story tells of "Dayang Sumbi", a beauty who lived in West Java. She cast away her son "Sangkuriang" for disobedience, and in her sadness was granted the power of eternal youth by the gods. After many years in exile, Sangkuriang decided to return to his home, long after the two had forgotten and failed to recognize each other. Sangkuriang fell in love with Dayang Sumbi and planned to marry her, only for Dayang Sumbi to recognize his birthmark just as he was about to go hunting. In order to prevent the marriage from taking place, Dayang Sumbi asked Sangkuriang to (1) build a dam on the river Citarum and (2) build a large boat to cross the river, both before the sunrise. Sangkuriang meditated and summoned mythical ogre-like creatures -buta hejo or green giant(s)- to do his bidding. Dayang Sumbi saw that the tasks were almost completed and called on her workers to spread red silk cloths east of the city, to give the impression of impending sunrise. Sangkuriang was fooled, and upon believing that he had failed, kicked the dam and the unfinished boat, resulting in severe flooding and the creation of Tangkuban perahu from the hull of the boat.

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History Of Bandung

The earliest reference to the city dates back to 1488, but archaeological findings suggest a type of Homo erectus species had lived on the banks of the Cikapundung River and around the old lake of Bandung.[10] During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) opened plantations in the Bandung area. A supply road connecting Batavia (now Jakarta), Bogor, Cianjur, Bandung, Sumedang and Cirebon was built in 1786. In 1809, Louis Napoleon, the ruler of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and its colonies, ordered the Dutch Indies Governor H.W. Daendels to increase the defensive systems of Java against the British from India. Daendels built a road, stretching approximately 1,000 km (621 miles) from the west to the east coast of Java, and passing through Bandung.[11][12] In 1810, the road was laid down in Bandung and was named De Groote Postweg (or the 'main post road'), the present-day site of Asia-Afrika Street. Under Daendels' orders, R.A. Wiranatakusumah II, the chief administration of the Bandung regency at that time, moved its office from Krapyak, in the south, to a place near a pair of holy city wells (sumur Bandung), the present-day site of the city square (alun-alun). He built his dalem (palace), masjid agung (the grand mosque) and pendopo (public-official meeting place) in the classical orientation.[13] The pendopo faces Tangkuban Perahu mountain, which was believed to have a mystical ambience.

In 1880, the first major railroad between Batavia and Bandung was built,[14] boosting light industry in Bandung. Chinese who had previously never lived in the city flocked to help run facilities, services and selling vendor machines. The old Chinatown district in Bandung is still recognisable in the railroad station vicinity. In 1906, Bandung was given the status of gemeente (municipality) and then later as stadsgemeente (city municipality) in 1926.

In the beginning of the 1920s, the Dutch East Indies government made plans to move the capital of Dutch East Indies from Batavia to Bandung. Accordingly, during this decade, the Dutch colonial government started building military barracks, the central government building (Gouvernments Bedrijven, the present-day Gedung Sate) and other government buildings. This plan, however, was cut short by World War II after which the Dutch were not able to re-established their colony.

The fertile area of the Parahyangan Mountains surrounding Bandung supports productive tea plantations. In the nineteenth century, Franz Junghuhn introduced the cinchona (kina) plant.[15] With its cooler elevated landscape, surrounded by major plantations, Bandung became an exclusive European resort area.[16] Rich plantation owners visited the city on weekends, attracting girls and businessmen from the capital, Batavia. Braga Street grew into a promenade street with cafes, restaurants and boutique shops. Two art-deco style hotels, Savoy Homann and Preanger, were built in the vicinity of the Concordia Society, a club house for the wealthy with a large ballroom and a theatre.[14] The nickname "Parijs van Java" was given to the city.

Gedung Merdeka during the Asian-African Conference in 1955

After the Indonesian Independence in 1945, Bandung was determined as the capital of West Java province. During the 1945–1949 independence struggle against the Dutch when they wanted to reclaim their colonies, Bandung was one of the heaviest battle places. The Dutch military commander set an ultimatum for the Indonesian combatants in Bandung to leave the city. In response, on 24 March 1946, much of the southern part of Bandung was deliberately set alight as the combatants left; an event known as the Bandung Lautan Api or 'Bandung Sea of Flame'.[17]

In 1955, the first Asian-African Conference was held in Bandung, attended by head of states representing twenty-nine countries and colonies from Asia and Africa. The conference venue was at the Gedung Merdeka, the former Concordia Society building. The conference announced 10 points of declaration on world peace promotion and oppositions against colonialism, known as the Declaration of Bandung, which followed by wave of nationalism movements around the globe and remapped the world politics.[18] The conference was also the first international conference of colored people in the history of mankind.[19] Richard Wright in his book, The Color Curtain, captured the epic meanings of the conference for people of color around the world.[19] Even black freedom movement activists in the United States referred Bandung as Afro-Asian solidarity in 1960s.[20]

In 1987, the city boundary was expanded with the Greater Bandung (Bandung Raya) plan; a relocation of higher concentration development outside the city in an attempt to dilute some of population in the old city. During its development, however, the city core is often uprooted, old faces are torn down, lot sizes regrouped, and what was idyllic residence is bustling chain

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Visit Bandung

Bandung is the capital of West Java province in Indonesia, and the country's fourth largest city. Located 768 m (2,520 ft) above sea level, Bandung has relatively year-around cooler temperature than most other Indonesian cities. The city lies on a river basin and surrounded by volcanic mountains. This topology provides the city with a good natural defense system, which was the primary reason of Dutch East Indies government's plan to move the colony capital from Batavia to Bandung.

The Dutch colonials first opened tea plantantions around the mountains in the eighteenth century, followed by a road construction connecting the plantation area to the capital (180 km or 112 miles to the northwest). The European inhabitants of the city demanded the establishment of a municipality (gemeente), which was granted in 1906 and Bandung gradually developed itself into a resort city for the plantation owners. Luxurious hotels, restaurants, cafes and European boutiques were opened of which the city was dubbed as Parijs van Java.

After Indonesian independence, the city experienced a rapid development and urbanization that has transformed Bandung from idyllic town into a dense 15,000 people/km² metropolitan area, a living space for over 2 million people. Natural resources have been exploited excessively, particularly in the conversions of protected upland area into highland villa and real estates. Although the city has encountered many problems, ranging from waste disposal, floods to chaotic traffic system, Bandung however still has its charm to attract people flocking into the city, either as weekend travellers or living in.

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