You cant go to the Baduy Dalam without tour leader who knows the area.
The Baduy Dalam would not welcome strangers to their village.
The tour leader would ask you to put your electronic stuffs to be stored at the Community leader's house.
No radio, cellphone, tape, CD player and camera or other modern stuff to be used in the village.
Mostly if the group are small, we can sleep at the leader's house, if too big so we will be scattered to other native house.
What a coincidence ... I "met" Hugo Pieter Faure 'here'. This Dutch man died at Banten and the tombstone [the only tombstone I met there] tell he was born [geboren] at Bergen op Zoom, a place in Netherland which is so dear for me. Since I was here and a good friend of mine, Johannes Marinus Stolwerk also live here [visit my short story 'The Sandman', published by femina Magazine 2002 in my Netherland page :)].
After Dutch occupied Banten, the army and navy also live here. Whenever they're passed away, buried in the backyard of Fort Speelwijk. I believe there were completed with plates who tell a bit story about the person die, but stolen by tomb raiders :(
Suro means 'Syura' or 'Assyura' --a name of the months in muslim lunar calendar, meanwhile sowan means 'visit' or 'visiting'. So this place is a palace which is visited by sultanate people and locals during the assyura month so the person can be blessed by God.
This palace was built during the reign of Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin [1525 - 1552] and now is totally ruins and leave the fortless circling its monument. The picture below, I assumed as 'Tamansari' [water castle] for the princess and the queen, based on the style and building.
The harbour to direction Banten Gulf. Based on the folklore, there were so many crag [high-sharp rock] laying around the entrance of this harbour which was difficult to be seen aboard. So the place called Devil's rock and sometimes Ghost's rock.
Nearby the Great Mosque of Banten, situated a big old Dutch house which is succesfully renovated. Now becomes a museum for keris [kris] and traditional weapons of Sultan Maulana Yusuf and Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin.
It's a quite huge complex nearby the ruins of Istana Surosowan [Surosowan Palace] which consists of: Tiyamah Tower [see my picture above], Great Mosque of Banten and the graveyard of Sultan Maulana Yusuf. Also designed by Hendrick Lucas Cardeel, a muslim Netherland-born architect and Sultan Maulana gave him a title called Pangeran [Prince] Wiraguna.
The tower of Great Mosque of Banten called Tiyamah. A place for 'bilal' [the commander] asking the people for worshipper. The building looks like a light house and we can climb it up to see the views of Banten Lama. Design by Hendrick Lucas Cardeel a muslim Netherland-born architect.
The ruins of Keraton Kaibon about 7 km from Serang. Kaibon is derived from the word 'Keibuan' [motherly] which describing the story of Ratu [Queen] Asiah of Banten who's taking over the position of his son; Sultan Rafiuddin who get the reign at the age of 5 months old.
Orang-orangan sawah is a puppet which put in the padi field to protect the grains of padi from the birds. The farmers operating this puppet by wire and just easy make it shaking or moving so the birds fly away from the padi field.
If you visit Serang and Banten around October, you can see the farmers [petani] doing harvest. It's a nice experience to hold 'ani-ani' [the traditional knife for harvest] and take the padi away. Be careful. Then the padi field itself showing you the changing hue from green, turn to yellow and gold.
A beach nearby Banten, nice yet tranquil and secluded. More pictures on my travelogue, with Andi Okta Yusiawan as a guest in photography :)
A big sculpture of lion [called Fu Sen] inside the vihara [temple] Avalokiteshvara where the worshippers praying.
The oldest Chinese temple in Banten. Built arund 1860 and successfully renovated at 1930. It's so unique place, since situated in the front of Fort Speelwijk.
The place where the guardian keep an eye to direction of Banten Gulf. Also giving the early warning to the army.