Cirebon Travel Guide

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     good for food lover 

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     beggars 

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     ... a hidden jewel of west java ... 

Cirebon Things to Do

  • KERATON KASEPUHAN and WHITE LION

    If you are in a chance visiting Keraton Kasepuhan, as you enter the Sultan residence, you could find an entrance gate with a twin white lion statues in front of the gate, it was used as 'Prabu Siliwangi' symbol of his pride.

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  • Keraton (Palace) KASEPUHAN

    If someone visit Cirebon City, Keraton Kasepuhan was the most famous palace located at the City Center at Kasepuhan Village, entering Kasepuhan area, one could see a square park in front of Keraton Kasepuhan. Keraton Kasepuhan is a compound of building which construction by a great bricks, red bricks laying over red bricks were erected without...

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  • WELAS ASIH TEMPLE

    One of Jawa's oldest Chinese temples, the Klenteng Thiaw Kak Sie. This temple is consecrated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The walls at the side of the big room are decorated with five big wall paintings, which express the ten Bhuddhist punishments.

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  • ASTANA SUNAN GUNUNG JATI

    The most famous place of interest of Cirebon is about five kilometres north of the city, at the shore. It's the Astana Gunung Jati, the grave of Gunung Jati. Every 35 days, on Thursday Kliwon of the Jawanese calendar, as well as Muhammad's birthday, this grave hill is being flooded by pilgrims. Some 108 kraman ( elderly ) work here, which originate...

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  • KERATON KASEPUHAN

    Keraton Kasepuhan is generally considered the oldest of Cirebon’s three palaces. The palace maintains an impressive museum displaying the sultans’ iconic royal carriages (kereta kencana), heirloom keris daggers, dazzling woodcarvings, and several gamelan orchestras, the most important of which—the Gong Sekati, or Sekaten—is played twice a year in...

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  • further down to kuningan

    if you feel cirebon sweating hot, you can go further uphill to kuningan, a small pleasant city. can be found there sangkan hurip hot springs, historical linggardjati agreement building called "gedung naksa" and climb up mount ciremai.more details at my kuningan page.

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  • Linggardjati House

    This is where the Linggardjati Treaty was held between Ri and Netherland during 1947. The Linggarjati Agreement was the defacto recognition of the Republic of Indonesia by the Kingdom of The Netherlands and the right of self-determination of a people, after centuries of domination.It is in this spirit that the Friends of Linggarjati seek to give...

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  • Sunyaragi Cave

    old cave, previously used as protection cave during Dutch Colonial.Good spot to take several photos, again...not well preserve :(

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  • Walking Balongan and Cirebon

    It will be hot and sunny, so bring liquids or cash to buy water along the way. There is not much to see other than the daily life and hardships of the locals. Markets, dirty alley ways, barbers cutting hair on the sidewalks with only a bar stool, and other things make you appreciate where ever it is that you came from more when you go home.

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  • Cirebon Batiks

    For batik, if you don’t want to go to the Trusmi village. Go to a shop near the Magna Seafood and Chinese Food Restaurant , it is also another short ride on the trishaw. Ask for the famous mega mendung motif, or Chinese influenced stormy clouds pattern batik design that is distinctively Cirebon.Here is the address –Mulia Toko BatikJl. Lemahwungkuk...

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  • Keraton Kanoman Cirebon

    Quite near from 'Keraton Kasepuhan' Back towards the museum 'Keraton Kasepuhan' and facing the compound in front. Keep to your left and walk straight and you will reach the market – Pasar Kanoman. And just nearby the market you can find Keraton Kanoman. I was perhaps too bored and so did not go into the museum after visiting 'Keraton Kasepuhan'.For...

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  • Keraton Kasepuhan Cirebon

    Visit the famous 'Keraton Kasepuhan, Cirebon (sultan of Kasepuhan royal palace). Supposed to be about 500 years old.Entrance ticket is Rp. 3,000Bring your camera in another Rp. 1,000This ancient palace has now became a museum. Since Cirebon is a vibrant ancient port. The king received many gifts from European countries and China used to adorn and...

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Cirebon Restaurants

  • MIE PETRUK

    For dinner only, open at night,This is a street vendor, speciality fried noodle or rice vermiceli. It cooked with traditional charcoal stover mie goreng nyemek (fried noodle)

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  • DINNER AT NASI JAMBLANG KOLEKTORAN

    rice wrapped with teak leaves and more than 20 of various side dishes Must try, the best perkedel (potato croquette)

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  • TAHU GEJROT

    Tahu Gejrot, fried tofu topped with shallot & bird eye chilli slices and then poured (digejrot) with a spicy palm sugar juices.

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  • BREAKFAST AT NASI JAMBLANG MANG DUL

    Actually, Nasi Jamblang is ordinary rice with variety of side dishes. What makes it unique is the rice is covered by teak leaves. Another thing that makes it unique is the side dishes are all served on the table. There are about 20 side dishes. Each of them are put in a tin big bowl. After we get the rice covered by teak leaves and served on a tin...

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  • DOCANG

    For breakfast or lunch.The ingredients of Docang are: lontong (rice cake boiled in a cylinder-shaped packet of banana leaves), chopped steamed cassava leaves, bean sprout (poured by boiling water and then drained), raw grated young coconut, gravyThe raw grated young coconut, it makes the taste unique.

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  • MIE KOCLOK JAGASATRU

    For dinner.Mi Koclok from Cirebon different is the thick gravy. The gravy is more like porridge because it is mixed with rice flour and the taste is salty. The salty taste of the thick gravy is very soft on my tongue. mie koclok: noodle, shred chicken, bean sprout (poured with boiling water and drained), boiled egg

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Cirebon Transportation

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    Becak is similar to rickshaw. You hop on the 'wheeled chair' and the driver will cycle the becak around for you. It cost you from Rp 5000 to Rp 20 000 (depend on your first offering to the becak driver, well you can negotiate the price as they are no official price for becak)

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Cirebon Shopping

  • GEDONG GINCU MANGO

    Gedong Gincu Mango that is known in Latin language as Mangifera Indica is one of best mangos developing in West Java. October until December, usually on those months, big amount of a kind of mango are sold. This kind of mango is physically different from other kinds of mangos we usually see by having ‘apple’ shape, has impressive color (reddish...

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  • SINTA MANISAN

    The most famous food store is Manisan Sinta, which sells everything from manisan buah, manisan sayur, keripik, keropok, Tjampolay syrup, etc.

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  • BATIK TRUSMI

    Trusmi, a batik-producing village in Plered district in West Java's Cirebon regency. batik: cloth, kain, shawl

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Cirebon Local Customs

  • GRAVE OF SUNAN GUNUNG JATI

    The most famous place of interest of Cirebon is about five kilometres north of the city, at the shore. It's the Astana Gunung Jati, the grave of Gunung Jati. Sunan Gunung Jati is a 16th-century ruler of Cirebon and one of the mine legendary wali who helped to propagate Islam on Java. The nowadays complex shows graves from the early 15th century. It...

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  • PRINCESS TAN ONG TIEN

    Princess Tan Ong Tien who was is the wife of Sunan Gunung Jati, founder of the Cirebon sultanate, Cekong Mas (from the Han family, his tomb is located in a prayer house at Prajekan near Situbondo in East Java and is regarded as a sacred place)

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  • MEGA MENDUNG (RAIN CLOUD)

    Legendary mega mendung batik pattern (Rain Cloud) showing typically bright colors, which originates from Cirebon

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Cirebon Tourist Traps

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    by braveneil Written Feb 7, 2006

    I was advised by the Magna Restaurant owner not to go there. I forgot the name. There will be many people and children that will crowd around you and pulling you to give them money. The problem is when you start giving, many will come. But if you don't, they will be angry with you and perhaps insult you in their language. I knew I was being insulted by some guys that came up the bus and beg for money in Jakarta.

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Cirebon What to Pack

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    by ancient_traveler Written Nov 2, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The city weather is hot and humid. Wear cotton clothes. You do not need long sleeves shirt, instead a T-shirt and knee-long trousers are comfortable. Some places like mosques (masjid) and temples require polite dress such as long trousers/skirts. Hot pants/mini skirts will attract people attention and might be considered impolite.

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Cirebon Off The Beaten Path

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    Indramayu Fisherman

    by DSwede Written Jan 6, 2006

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    The three neighboring cities of Balongan, Cirebon and Indramayu are known for their fishing. If you can manage it when the boats are beached, wonder around and look at the boats, their colorful paint jobs and their fresh catch drying in the sun.

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