Bandung Off The Beaten Path

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    ITB Bandung south gate early afternoon
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    Vegetables everywhere!

    by lukluk_wal_marjan Written Aug 16, 2006

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    One of the vegetable farms
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    On the way to Tangkuban Perahu, feast your eyes on the beautiful sceneries along the routes.

    Since we was travelling with our own private driver, I managed to capture a few shots of the vegetable farms. The weather & the good soil permits the activities. Some are small scale and a few on big scale. There's also a school...errr...maybe college that teach the locals about farming!

    Ever a gracious driver, he stopped at the vegetables stalls and SNAP! SNAP! a few more close up shots of the fresh vegie.

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    Its all about flowers!

    by lukluk_wal_marjan Updated Sep 11, 2006

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    One of the nurseries....owner's hse at the back!
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    Flowers are blooming everywhere...at least at those places I passed along the way to Cihidung.... errrr...not sure about the spelling though Anyways, the road is actually on the way to the famous Sapu Lidi Restaurant.

    Initially, I went 'crazy' on the way up to Tangkuban Perahu. The nurseries along the road with all the COLORFUL blooms....got me go WAHHH...OHHHH....AHHHH.... Its so so so beautiful! SO the next day, the supir which means driver in Bahasa Indonesia; drove me up to this area.

    Its like a small medium industry where the people concentrates purely on nurseries. There are flowers - lilies, roses - in all sort of colours!, daisies etc - , bonsai and much much more.

    Blessed with good soils and temperate weather, Bandung apart from being called as Paris van Java is also paradise for flowers lovers!

    Looking at the houses of the owners...they sure made good money!!!!

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    MEMORIES OF OLD BANDUNG

    by ancient_traveler Written Apr 7, 2008

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    GRAND SAVOY HOMANN
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    In the late 18th and early 19th century, as locals called it the bandoeng tempo doeloe (old Bandung) era, there were many buildings built with an art-deco style. The city that had served as a weekend resort for European rich men has made these type of buildings possible. Unfortunately the city administration has a tendency to create a modern look of the city with suspension bridge, banks, malls and commercial areas, instead of preserving old historical buildings.

    thanks to: irwandhe2003

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    Sulphur spweing volcanic crater: Tangkuban Prahu

    by agc Written Jun 20, 2007

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    Tangkuban Prahu

    Sulphur-filled air, green trees, majestic volcanic scenery, cool weather. These all seems like a great location. However, due to its recent rise in popularity, Tangkuban Prahu has shed its charm and evolved to a similar scene found in other big Indonesian cities.

    Traffic, crowds (be very annoyed on weekends!), tauts, stalls, smoke and pollution are the new ruler for this crater.

    Negative points aside, Tangkuban prahu is really awesome as you can still see and hear the sulphur, steam etc. The clouds seem to roll in after 1, cooling things down.

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    The Bosscha Observatory, Lembang near Bandung

    by ullfri49 Updated Oct 28, 2011

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    The Dom/Kuppel of the Carl-Zeiss-Doppelrefraktor

    If you have in Bandung a little more time, try to visit the BOSSCHA OBSERVATORY in Lembang north of Bandung.

    Usually at saturday at 9 o`clock is open for visitors - but it is good to ask in the week before by phone. Usually it is at saturday/weekend much people.

    To get there is easy by take an taxi- but if you are like to trust an "Angkota", it is no problem. Go from Bandung "City Hall" to relais station "Lendeng", and cange than to the Angkota to Lembang. Coming from Bandung please the driver to stop right side short before Lembang there is a door. Go so about 1 km up to the observatory mountain. (by the way no wonder the people say usually "Bossca" not Bosscha).

    So is very interesting (not only for hobby astronomers), and even a tour in the history. See at the Observatory area the Dom with the Carl-Zeiss-Doppeltelekop founded in 1927. By the way, until 1945 the Bosscha Observatory was one of the 17 greatest Observatories in the southern hemisphere.

    The guiding for visitors is in Indonesian/English and inside, at souvenir shop you will find much interest informations about it.

    Cause of tropical rain, the near volcanoes and other difficulties here in the backyard of the Preanger mountains here my impression: Shure only by the great attention of the astronomers and engineers of the ITB Bandung this Carl-Zeiss-Telescope with all mechanics is working until todays time!

    For more information see the internet side of Bosscha Observatory- and for a little background, dont hesitate to look at VT-Travellog "Bandung travelling north to Bosscha Observatory"

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    Taman Dr. Franz Junghun in Lembang near Bdg

    by ullfri49 Updated Jun 14, 2011

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    Taman Dr.F.W.Junghun, Ibu&Bapak with Visitors Book

    If you have a tour north of Bandung and are in Lembang, make a stop and ask for the Tugu Junghuhn.

    It is from main street so about 1km left to north direction, and a small side street is named "Jalan Junghun".

    The Memorial is for the german Botanist Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghun, who was engaged to settle the Chinin Trees in Java. A century ago the Chinin was only medicin against malaria.

    Dr. Franz Junghun was born in middle Germany near Magdeburg in small town Mansfeld.
    By the way in Mansfeld even Dr. Martin Luther was born.

    There in the little german town Mansfeld under the old castle you will find even the monument of Mr Junghuhn at the place where in early time was his birthhouse. The new monument in town Mansfeld was dedicated from the University of Leyden in Holland/Nederland.

    The Tugu Junghun in little west Java town Lembang is in an small forest, even with some chinin trees (pohon kulit kina).

    Ask there for the friendly Bapak and Ibu Suharto- they has a visitors book and if you have time they shure like to tell the visitors a little about "pohon kulit kina" and Dr. Junghun-
    see here the Photo of 2006.

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    Mollucas Park to commemorate a missionarist

    by ukirsari Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Pastoor (Missionarist) @rie

    Speaking about 'mission' I remember a famous movie "The Mission" (Indian tribe and Catholican, the main role is Robert de Niro), then also a song by Rush "The Mission". I dunno why I am still insist to visit Mollucas Park everytime I go to Bandung. And you know what? Under this statue can be read "from Bruxelles - Belgium". Maybe it's a sign for me since I was in Bruxelles?

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    ITB Bandung- old and new University

    by ullfri49 Updated Jan 2, 2013

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    Campus ITB Bandung,monument Plaza Widya Nusantara
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    It is not real usually at the tourist way, but I recommend to visit the ITB.

    The ITB university was founded by the dutch administration at beginnning last century, and so it got developed throught the changing time to the greatest university in Bandung today and one of the greatest in Indonesia.

    Here in the universities of Bandung is the heartbeat of the city- feel the new time together with technology and engineering progress of the world.

    The second Photo (seen at visit 2006) gives an impression (the campus map, a geology workshop, and a song & chorus contest)- a little impression of life at ITB campus...
    (maybe a little historic now at 2012, long time ago- but if going there next time again, it will be nice to remember).

    So try to make a stop at the main Campus and by chance come in talk with students- and maybe you will find a guide for to see some of the laboratory buildings.
    Here at photo the center between new labtecs.

    In both sides of the monument you can see the dedication of the place here at Campus ITB as a place of Science, of learning and delevelop the foundations of engineering,-

    from south side the dedication written by the Rector of ITB Prof. Wiranto Arismunandar in 28. December 1996 -

    and from north side with a dedication of Mr. General Suharto, the second Praesident of the Republik Indonesia.

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    VISIT ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORIUM BOSSCHA

    by meiyergani Written May 15, 2010
    Astronautic Obervatory Bosscha, Lembang Bandung

    Observatorium Bosscha ( Bosscha Sterrenwacht) was established in 1923 by Nederlandsch-Indische Sterrenkundige Vereeniging (NISV) or Perhimpunan Bintang Hindia Belanda as an Astronomy Laboratory Observatory in Indonesia, up to now it is an observatory under supervised by Institute Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in astronautic science research, located at Lembang, some 6 km from Bandung, on the way to Tangkuban Perahu

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    DUTCH ARCHITECTURE CIPAGANTI STREET

    by meiyergani Written Oct 13, 2010
    dUTCH ARCchitecture heritage-Cipaganti Bandung

    Bandung as a former Dutch colonial city is a very interesting site to see various kinds of houses and buildings with its Dutch style colonial architecture, so many buildings and houses still keep their uniqueness to go backwards to an ancient history of Bandung downtown as a heritage worth a visit. Cipaganti streets is very popular street to memorize this fascinating European style architecture

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    ITB Bandung , Monument of science in the Campus

    by ullfri49 Updated Aug 31, 2011
    Science Monument, inmid Campus of ITB Bandung

    Here again in the ITB Bandung. I recommend to a stop between the new labtec buildings.

    In this photo you can see the dedication of the place as a place of Science , of learning and delevelop the foundations of engineering here in Indonesia, in Bandung as a birthplace of technical progress, modern science and engineering,
    in this great country between Asia and Australia.

    Written by the Rector of ITB Prof. Wiranto Arismunandar in 28. December 1996.

    See, in the monument is mirrored one the new laboratorium buildings, the LABTEC.

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    ITB Bandung south gate in old style

    by ullfri49 Updated Feb 28, 2012
    ITB Bandung south gate early afternoon
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    Here again the ITB,
    standing inside looking at old historic gate at 2 o`clock.
    with nice bougainvilla flowers -
    (don`t wonder, the time at picture is "MEZ" - I forgot to change from German time to "WIT" )

    I like this nice view remembering at old and new time in the long history of the ITB Bandung.

    Outside of the gate are waiting the "kaki lima" - shure welcome offers to eat for the hungry students - see the second photo.

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    Lake Lembang

    by theo1006 Updated Dec 29, 2008
    Situ Lembang with barrier dam and Tangkubanprahu
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    The common approach to Tangkubanprahu Volcano is from the west. How many visitors know that this volcano is one of twin mountains, the other one named Burangrang lying west of Tangkubanprahu?
    In the saddle between the two mountains lies an artificial lake, Situ Lembang, created by the Dutch colonial government by building a dam across Ci Mahi river, in order to ensure the water supply for the city of Bandung.
    It takes some effort to get there, and because of that the lake is relatively unspoilt (certainly compared to Situ Patenggang near Pangalengan south of Bandung). The army has a base camp here for survival training. When it is occupied, the access road will be blocked after 3.4 km. But chances are that you have to walk the last 5.5 km anyhow, unless you come with a four-wheel drive.

    You may meet a few locals fishing in the lake or bathing in the river outlet below the dam. There is a signboard saying 'no swimming', but if you can swim at all why take notice? Else try trekking around the lake. You may even want to climb Tangkubanprahu from here, but that is easier done through Sukawana plantation.

    Directions: From the Ledeng terminal (on the road to Lembang) take Jalan Sersan Bajuri to Cisarua. A short distance beyond Cisarua market the road bends 90 degrees to the left. At this point instead go right, you pass under a porch with the word KOMANDO. From here it is 9 km to Situ Lembang along a road in bad repair.
    We parked our car after 3.4 km at the road block near a few simple warungs. The walk from here goes slightly uphill and may take five quarters of an hour.
    At a second signboard KOMANDO you have about 20 minutes left to walk. When you are almost there, a path to the right leads to the survival training camp. Do not take this, but keep left up a ridge from where you reach the lake.

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  • Solidarity Cafe

    by kiwiindelhi Written Aug 19, 2009

    I would not recommend that you stay at the Grand Aquila Hotel, which is in the middle of a tense and long-running labour dispute. In October 2008, 137 of the workers at the hotel were terminated from their employment beacuse they formed a trade union. All they wanted was to negotiate better wages and conditions, instead they were kicked out from the hotel and have had to live without any income for nearly a year. There is a permanent protest outside the hotel, the workers have set up a union tent which partially blocks the entrance gate and shows support for their struggle from around the world.

    The workers have also established a 'Solidarity Cafe' next to the hotel. A place to hang out and show your support for their cause. Now this is worth a visit! Great food, and reasonable beer. You can find it at:

    Bale Juleha (union meeting point)
    Pujasera Pasteur Complex
    Jl. Dr. Djundjunan 123
    Bandung 40173, Indonesia

    If you go to the cafe, take a few minutes to see the workers in the tent too. They will be pleased to see you and more than happy to share their story.

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  • The Bridge

    by cekeysh Written Apr 7, 2008

    This bridge was built about three years ago, together with the flyover that connect the east and west part of Bandung.

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