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BANDUNG AND WEST JAVA
app.100.000 km2 as the whole territory of the island Java,the very west
part of this island is called West Java,which is covering a region of
30.000 kms , it means 1/3 of the whole island.West Java is also the
name of a provence,and this provence has 3 main coast,in the west side
is the famous Sunda strait , in the nirth side is JAVA Sea , and the
the south side is The Indian Ocean.Both counttry sides and city areas
are found in this very fertile area.The capital city of this provence
is BANDUNG which is located in the high land and surrounded by a lot
of Mountains.Millions years ago,the city was a great lake,and because
of some vulcanology activities,the lake dried up,and coming up the beautiful
valley which is nowadays called as Bandung.During the Dutch occupation,Bandung
was actually more known as the capital city for the Dutch Colonial Government
, meanwhile Jakarta or thr former BATAVIA was more used as the business,sea
farer and trading purposes.The Dutch felt more comfortable to rule the
whole archipelago,whish was also called the East India from this cooled
tempurature,since this role,then bandung has been named as PARIJS VAN
JAVA , which also means the paris of Java.Beside bandung , the other
wellknown cities in this region is BOGOR , CIREBON and Tasikmalaya.
THE CAPITAL OF INDONESIA
knowing the national history in brief,the best suggestion is to have
a short sight seeing in this city,the biggest one in the country which
covers an area of 55 km2.This metropolitan was very wellknown called
BATAVIA , the very beloved name given by the Dutch,before that the other
Dutch name was ever used,which was JIEW HORN.Back to the history of
500 years ago,The Former Prince FATAHILLAH fought again The Portugese
Soldiers,The Prince won and renamed the city from the former one SUNDA
KELAPA into JAYAKARTA,taken from two words,the Jaya and Karta.Jaya means
Victory and Karta is city , indeed the city of victory.
The glory of Javanese Traders can be found with a little explore to
the sea port SUNDA KELAPA as the `dead end` of the old city batavia.
Nowadays,Jakarta is also a nice city for Shopping Paradise,and also
used for two important function of the country,as both the capital of
the government and the business.Some historical spots are very nice
to visit,such as MONAS or the National Monument which is covered by
32,5 kg pure gold on top of its crown,the Monumental CATHEDRAL as well
as the Museum gajah or national museum.Last but not least,for anyone
wish to travel all over Indonesia in limited time,pay a visit at the
taman Mini or the Indonesian Mini park as the representative of 33 provences
, will be an unforgetable one.and to end the visit to this capital,the
wonderful mini indonesian disney world which is called DUNIA FANTASI
can complete your experience with your lovers.
KULON NATIONAL PARK
The name means ' western tip" is barely part of Java is a subtle
paradise of endless jungle trails and bright coral coves that tease
the imagination with the promise adventure and wildlife . Ujung Kulon
is the best known for its most exclusive inhabitant, the Javanese Rhino
or what The Biologist call them with the name of RHINOCERUS JAVANICUS.Indoneisa
in general lies between 2 continent species,from Asia and Australia,The
Scientist believe the border between these two ( WALACEA Line ) is here,in
this beautiful archipelago covering app.17.000 islands.
The beloved British Governour General STAMFORD RAFFLES , lost his beloved
wife in the East India,the beautiful OLIVIA MARIA, then the monumental
memorial park was built here , in this Botanical Park,which is also
the big research garden of Agricultural Students from the best Institute
in the country,IPB which stands for Institute Of Agriculture in Bogor.
Giant FlowerOne of the world's great botanical treasure troves. The
Kebon Raya was officially established by the Dutch in 1817 under the
directorship of C.G.C Reinwardt, and he and subsequent generation of
botanists performed the Herculean feat of assembling over 15,000 species
of tropical plants from around the world. Within the carefully laid-out
87 hectares are over 400 palm species, 5000 trees and orchid house with
3000 varieties.Near the entrance of gardens is a zoological museum with
an immense collections (300,000 specimens) of land and sea creatures
from throughout Indonesia. The museum also boats a fine library, the
skeleton of a blue whale, and the last Rhino (stuffed) found on the
Lying 187 km southeast of Jakarta in the midst of the lovely Priangan
highlands, Bandung enjoys a surprisingly mild climate, with temperatures
averaging a pleasant 225 C. Party as a result, most residents reckon
that this must be the most live able spot on the island, event if rain
falls on an average of 144 days in the year (mostly between November
The city situated on a high plateau at an altitude of 768 meters , surrounded
on all sides by brooding volcanoes and lofty mountain ridges. Tangkuban
Perahu Saung Ujo, music school Bandung "The Paris of Java'' is
a cool and rather rainy city up in the Parahyangan hills, as well as
being the provincial capital. It was here, too, that the non aligned
movement was born, at the first Asia-Africa Conference in 1955. Bandung
enjoyed something of a heyday in the 1930s, where it was the preffered
spot for plantation onwers to spend their wealth. From this period date
many of the charming "art-deco" building and pavement caf's
which give Bandung so much of its atmosphere.
Within a short drive of Bandung are some wonderful but little known
attraction such as Lembang hill resort up in the mountains, and the
volcano at Tangkuban Prau, which-uniquely in Java- can be ascendded
by car, thus making it accesible to all regardless of fitness.
Is one of the most beautiful and most traditional villages in West Java.
The 400-odd residents of Kampung Naga maintain one of the few villages
built according to old Sundanese custom. Each of the 102 houses, as
well as the mosque, are built on stilts along east-west axis, using
wood, bamboo and thatch. Terrace walls and walk-ways are fashioned from
river rock, and the houses are laid out in the neat rows, as in the
traditional village found in some remote outer island areas of Indonesia
The name comes from an old Sanskrit word, karkata, meaning "crab".
It's lies in the middle of the Sunda strait, right on the unstable "elbow"
where the range volcanic mountain forming Sumatra turns abruptly eastward
to form Java.In the afternoon on August 26th,1883,Krakatau exploded
with a series of roars heard from Rangoon, Burma to Pert, Australia.
A pillar of ash and pumice towered 26 km into the sky. Rock and dust
rained over the surrounding region, forming a blanked cloud which turned
day into night for 150 km in every direction.
Java's foremost beach resort- is a plug of jungle-covere volcanic rock
just off the South coast of West Java, and is liked to mainland by narow
isthmus featuring back to back beaches. The main part of Peninsula is
a nature reserve with pleintiful trails for trekking, while between
bungalows, restaurant, and souvenirs shop. Visit during the week and
aviod public holiday to be sure of peace and quiet. The boat ride between
Kalipucang ( just the coast) to Cilacap in Central Java is one of the
most exciting journey to be experienced in the whole of Java.