Banten Travel Guide

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Banten Things to Do

  • Dont use your electronic things

    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...

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  • Tanjung Lesung

    A beach nearby Banten, nice yet tranquil and secluded. More pictures on my travelogue, with Andi Okta Yusiawan as a guest in photography :)

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  • Fu Sen in vihara

    A big sculpture of lion [called Fu Sen] inside the vihara [temple] Avalokiteshvara where the worshippers praying.

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  • Vihara Avalokiteshvara

    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.

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  • Hugo's graveyard

    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...

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  • Old graveyard in Fort Speelwijk

    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 :(

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  • The tower of Fort Speelwijk

    The place where the guardian keep an eye to direction of Banten Gulf. Also giving the early warning to the army.

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  • Fort Speelwijk

    It was used to be the fortress of Bantenese Sultanate to the direction of Banten Gulf [nearby Devil's Rock] before attacked by Dutch.

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  • The ruins of Istana Surosowan [Surosowan...

    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...

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  • Karanghantu [Devil's Rock] Harbour

    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.

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  • Old Dutch House nearby the mosque

    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.

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  • Details of Tiyamah Tower

    Furthermore of Tiyamah Tower you can see the details of its entrance. So unique with jasmine and geometrical patterns above the gate.

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Banten Restaurants

  • Local Foods

    No restaurant!You will have a dinner with local foods at the Leader's house. In their simple house, with only the dim light from "Patromak" (wahh.. I dont know the word in English).Along that dinner, the village leader and the guide would tell you about their culture, habits, people and lands.But the leader would talk mostly in their language :...

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  • The biggest campignon I ever seen :)

    An open street vendor which selling many kind of Chinese food. From crab to prawn, from mixed veggie to fried rice. The only one resto in front of Vihara Avalokiteshvara. Capcay [mixed veggie with champignon and mushroom. I like the champignon very much :) The biggest I ever seen and very delicious :)]. Then sweet and sour crabs and hot steamed...

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  • Kelapa Puan and Kelapa Buah

    What is the difference of kelapa [coconut] Puan and Buah [a whole coconut]. We got the answers; puan means more and more unripe than young coconut fiber, meanwhile kelapa buah is for young coconut. And the only one tent of food street vendor sells both of them :) Kelapa Puan [me] and Kelapa Buah [Eka]. Both of them we're enjoy so much!

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Banten Transportation

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    by ukirsari Updated Oct 28, 2003

    The easiest way to go to Banten from Jakarta is using private or rent car. As happened to me and Eka, we prefer Eka's city car [Daihatsu Ceria] which is economic enough. We just buy gasoline Rp 21,000 for Jakarta - Banten - Jakarta. And of course, it's have a high mobility!

    @rie and Eka automaticly
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Banten Shopping

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  • Juwed [Javanese grapefruit] and kurma...

    Also pedestrian stalls where you can find juwed or anggur Jawa [Javanese grapefruit] sweet and sour and beware since the juicy fruit can change the color of your lips for awhile :) And you can also try kurma [dates] which imported from Iran, Egypt or Syria. Dates is my fave. So sweet :) About Rp 10,000

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  • The fragrance of flowers

    Well, along the pedestrian to Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin's graveyard and Great Mosque, you can see the jasmine garland stalls [also several kind of flowers] which can be used in the graveyard for worshippers. But you can also bring them home. Then several local craft like muslim hat for men, sarung and t-shirt also available. Jasmine garland ... I...

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Banten Local Customs

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    by ukirsari Updated Oct 28, 2003

    A unique lingo I found nearby Vihara Avalokiteshvara where Sundanese and Chinese mixed together :) Like the way they call a girl is 'Neng' [beloved daughter or girl in Sundanese], but they address 'Koko' [Chinese] for brother, not Aa' or Akang [Sundanese] also 'Tacik' or 'Cik' [Chinese] to say sister. So, when the boys [approximately 8 - 13 years old] meet up with me at the Fort Speelwijk, I hear their first words, "Cik, Cik ... ka dieu atuh Cik." [Sis, Sis, please come in, here ....]. Oh .... :D
    * The pictre here is about Neng [her name is Liana] and her brother; Koko Relon nearby the Chinese Temple. They're have mixed blood of Chinese and Sundanese.

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Banten Warnings and Dangers

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    by ukirsari Written Oct 28, 2003

    Beware to take the tollway from Jakarta to Banten at the weekend. You can get heavy traffic around mid-day since so many Jakartans have the same destination to Carita or Anyer beaches.

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Banten What to Pack

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    by ukirsari Written Oct 28, 2003

    Luggage and bags: One-day pack

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cotton t-shirt and short pants, sandals or sneakers and ... long sleeve shirt. Maybe you feel strange; for what purpose? But for me and Eka; definetely to reduce sun-ray from our skin :) We have really tanned skins :)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock SPF15 or above and pills for headache

    Photo Equipment: Various lenses for camera like Eka has her Nikon F4.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sandals or sneakers will be fine

    Eka in action at Vihara by ukirsari
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Banten Off The Beaten Path

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    by asikajee Written Sep 10, 2006

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    Baduy tribe is very unique. It is a traditional tribe, but located in the center of civilization. Access to Baduy village is relatively easy. Using public transportation you can go to Ciboleger. This is the 'gate'. Walk around 1km from the Ciboleger terminal, you will find a sign that said you are entering Baduy village. And after that, it's a whole different world. No more electricity. No more toilets. No more modernity. Bye bye civilization!

    Baduy tribe refuses anything modern as this is against their beliefs. But as time flew, there are Baduy people who start to accept a little modernity (please underline the word little). These kind of Baduy is called Outer Baduy. And the true Baduy who still refuse all kinds modernity is called Inner Baduy. There are only 3 Inner Baduy villages, and the rest are Outer Baduy villages.

    From the 'gate', the nearest Inner Baduy village can be reached around 4 hours trekking. Please keep in mind that Inner Baduy have strict rules about modernity. For example: foreigners are not allowed to go to Inner Baduy. Electronics whatsoever is not allowed to be use. Soap, shampoo and other chemicals are not allowed. Please consult with your guide to what you must not do, and what you can do.

    A trip to Baduy Village is very recommended. You can go back to nature, trekking in the hills while enjoying the beautiful scenery, and see the culture of Baduy people. There are many facilitator in Jakarta who can arrange your trip and guide you there.

    one of the Outer Baduy village a Baduy people crossing the bridge Inner Baduy people the view beautiful isn't it
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Banten Favorites

  • City of water, city of histories, city...

    Banten can be reached within 1 - 2 hours drive from Jakarta and Serang is the provincional city of Banten. A quite tranquil place nearby tollway with several beautiful beaches [Anyer and Carita plus Banten Gulf], historical site [Banten Lama or Old Banten], national parks [Ujung Kulon and Krakatoa volcano]. So, this small town is really a rich...

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  • Daendels postweg

    Province Banten used to be part of Province of Jawa Barat [west Java]. Now became a provincional city with their own autonomy. Talking about Banten, Anyer and Carita [the beaches] in Province of Banten, the memories always bring to Jalan Raya Pos [postweg] Anyer~Panarukan, a famous world-wide road from Anyer to Panarukan [east Java] which built...

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  • "Cik, Cik ... saya dipotret, nya?"

    Old Banten people comes from many tribes. Majority from Sundanese, Javanese and Chinese. With their religions; Islam, Bantenese beliefs [convictions] and Kon-fu-tse [Chinese] which are living in harmony. Because the unique background, they have a unique way to address someone too. As happened during my visiting to Fort Speelwijk. The boys called...

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