Bandung is the capital city of West Java province in Indonesia and the third largest populated city with a sprawling urban population of 8.6 million in 2011. Located 768 metres above sea level, Bandung has cooler temperatures year around than most other Indonesian city. On Dutch colonial, they often said Bandung as ‘Parijs van Java’ as Bandung remind them to the capital city of French, Paris. Bandung also earned another nickname as Kota Kembang, literally meaning the Flower City since Bandung used to have a lot of flowers.
Bandung city has tropical highland rainforest monsoon climate. Like any other city in Indonesia, there were dry season on June to October and rainy season on November to March.
WHY YOU MUST CHOOSE BANDUNG
Indonesia have more than 200 city, and each city is beautiful in its own way. Bandung, has some uniqueness that will make you fall and want to live in here:
- Bandung is a home for classic architecture.
- Bandung is a capital city for Asia-Africa
- Bandung has various tourism object
Bandung is home to numerous examples of Dutch colonial architecture; most notably the tropical Art Deco, dubbed New Indies Style. Henri Maclaine-Pont was among the first Dutch architects to recognize the importance of combining each architectural style with local cultural traditions. He stressed that modern architecture should interact with local history and native elements.
In 1920, Pont planned and designed buildings for the first technical university in the Dutch East Indies, Technische Hogeschool te Bandung (the present-day Institut Teknologi Bandung), after which he was named as a professor in architecture at the university. A striking local Sundanese roof style is clearly seen adorning the top of the campus’ ceremonial hall, embedded in his artwork.
The modern and native architectural blending was followed by several Dutch architects that have shaped the city landmarks. In the 1930s, Bandung was known also as the city of architecture laboratory because of the many Dutch architects who experimented with new architectural designs. Albert Aalbers added the streamline moderne style to the Art Deco by designing the DENIS bank (1936) and renovated the Savoy Homann Hotel (1939). C.P.W. Schoemaker was one of architects who strongly added native elements in his artworks, including the Villa Isola (1932), Hotel Preanger (1929), the regional military headquarter (1918), Gedung Merdeka (1921) and ITB Rectorate Building (1925)
Asian-African Conference in 1955 marked an important milestone in the history of Asian and African countries. The delegates from 29 participating countries gathered in Bandung, Indonesia to discuss peace, security, and economic development in the midst of emerging problems in many parts of the world.
Fifty years after the conference, Indonesia successfully hosted the Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of the Asian African Conference. The Spirit of Bandung was finally revived, and plans were made for future cooperation between the two continents. All participants who gathered on the 22nd to the 24th April 2005 in Jakarta and Bandung were convinced that the Spirit of Bandung endured as a solid foundation to nurture better relations amongst Asian and African countries and to work towards resolving global issues. The commemoration led to the creation of the New Asian African Strategic Partnership (NAASP). And the result stated that Bandung as a capital city of Asia Africa Continent.
Located 768 metres above sea level, Bandung offers you a mountain view with cool air that fit if you want to go around Bandung city. There were several tourism object that you have to visit in Bandung
- Kawah Putih & Tangkuban Perahu
- Dago, Riau, Cihampelas, Cibaduyut
- Braga and Merdeka Street
- Culinary Tour
The surrounding area is heavily forested. There is a pathway down to the lake which is surrounded by the high walls of the crater nestling into the side of Mt Patuha. The smell of sulfur is strong because there is a good deal of steam and sulfurous gas bubbling from the lake. There are tracks around the lake and through the nearby forest including to the peak of Mt Patuha. Visitors can walk around the crater area or sit in the various shelters. Local plants not widely found in lower altitudes in Java include javanese Edelweiss and Cantigy (Vaccinium varingifolium). Animals and birds which may be spotted include eagles, owls, monkeys, mouse deer, and forest pigs. Panthers, leopards and pythons have also sometimes been seen in the nearby forest.Kawah Putih and Tangkuban Perahu is two of tourism object that are well-known in Bandung. Kawah Putih, that placed in Ciwidey is one of the two craters which make up Mount Patuha, an andesitic stratovolcano (a “composite” volcano).
Tangkuban Perahu Mt. is on the Northern side of Bandung, near Lembang region that well-known as interesting parks for children and family. This mountain is still an active volcano, last eruption is on 1983. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked on the hot surface.
The more up-market fashion stores include the many emporiums on Jl. Dago and Jl. Riau. The leftover exports clothes or accesoris (rejected export products), and factory outlets are prolific and have a very wide range of export quality items. But, today the leftover is limited, and factory outlets dominated since many International store open in Indonesia. These are sometimes available in the larger sizes that may be suitable for some visitors.Shopping for clothing and accessories is the main reason many weekend visitors and tourist travel from all region in Indonesia. Many items are less expensive than in Jakarta. Denim (jeans) stores are centered along Cihampelas street. These became very popular in the 90s with unique facades built to attract people. You can buy many type of jeans, the cheaper one ‘till the expensive.
The new trend are the distro (distribution outlets). Luxury labels are often available but for those the extensive upmarket malls in Jakarta may be more suitable with a much larger range, however they are often more expensive.
Asia-Africa Commemoration on 1955 that take places in Bandung make Merdeka and Braga Street have another value for Bandung and Indonesia. Placed in Merdeka Street, Merdeka Building become witness how Asia and Africa united to fight the colonialism and imperialism. After 60th year, Asian African Commemaration back in a new spirit for Asia African as one. Merdeka street has changed and become one of favorite tourism object in Bandung.
Braga Street is a small street in the center of Bandung city, Indonesia, which was famous in the 1920s as a promenade street. Chic cafes, boutiques and restaurants with European ambiance along the street had made the city to attain the Paris of Java nickname. The street starts from a T-junction with the Asia-Afrika Street (or De Groote Postweg during the colonial times) to the north until the city council (balaikota), which was formerly a coffee warehouse. Art Deco, come from Netherlands, influence sense of building in Braga, Asia Africa and Merdeka street. In the 1900s, along with the Dutch East Indies government plan to move the capital from Batavia to Bandung, the government included Braga Street into part of town planning. In 1906, the city council began replacing stone by asphalt and applying a new rule of designing new buildings at the street. Art Deco buildings began to decorate the street and about 50% of which are still present with their original architecture.
Many people visit Bandung, the capital of West Java province, to pamper their taste buds. You’ll be amazed with what Bandung has to offer. From various food sold on street vendors to haute cuisine, every visitor will be able to find something to their liking here, in Bandung.
Sundanese (the people living in West Java are called Sundanese) has tempting refreshments. Sundanese food tends to be bland yet tasty unless you add sambal dadak (chili and other ingredients grinded together) to your food. If you’re looking for more spicy taste, just add this sambal dadak with nasi timbel (steamed rice formed into a roll inside a banana leaf) and other specialties.
Sundanese people eat vegetables a lot. Sometimes they even eat raw vegetables (called lalap or lalapan) like cucumbers, tomatoes, coriander leaves, eggplants, cabbages, lettuces, and so on. Lalapan is usually accompanied by sambal dadak. Beside its traditional food, Bandung has much fusion culinary from another country. They make some foreign culinary to taste like Indonesians. There were some culinary & restaurnt you have to try if you go to Bandung:
- Ampera and Sindang Reret
- Cafe Specialties.
They served Sundanese Traditional Food with Nasi Timbel, one of the most well-known dish consists of nasi timbel, lalapan, sambal dadak, a piece of chicken (fried or roasted Sundanese style), fried beancurd, fried tempeh, a slice of jambal (salted fish). If you want to, you can add gepuk (slices of beef, mixed in traditional herbs, then fried), pepes (main ingredients such as fish, chicken, mushroom, etc. mixed with crushed and blended herbs, folded into a banana leaf, then steamed until they’re ready to eat), sauteed greens, and others. Nasi timbel is a favorite among locals and visitors.
Ampera Restaurant can be found in some places in Bandung such as: Suci street, Soekarno-Hatta street, Buah Batu street, Otto Iskandar Dinata street and many more. It become one of biggest Sunda Restaurant, with more than 20 branches around Indonesia, and Sindang Reret can be found in Surapati street, near Lembang with the view of tea garden.
If you miss food in your hometown, Bandung offers you various International food from Korea, Japan, Americans, ‘till Europe, France and Netherlands. There were some restaurant and cafe that serves fusion food from various country:
Tudari is one of restaurant that serves Korean cuisine, like Bulgogi, Dol Sot Bibimbab, Galbi, Kimchi, and many more. Placed in Surya Sumantri Street no 35, Bandung, Indonesia open from 10.00 A.M- 10.00 P.M
Kedai Ling-Ling is one of restaurant that serves Japanese cuisine, specialty in Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Sobayaki, Ramen, and drinks like Matcha Frapuccino, Ice Taro Latte, and Dessert Ice. Placed in Sukajadi street 157, beside Paris Van Java Mall or Geisanulun Street, Bandung, West Java. This is an author reccomendation if you want to eat a yummy and pricey food.
CAPITAL 8 EATING THEORY is one of the best Western Cafe in Bandung that served Western Food such as: Hamburger, Tuna Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich, Pasta, Salad, Cocktail, Mocktail, Coffe, Beer, and Hot Chocolate. The specialty is their dessert, pastry, and ice cream and the bakery, Butter Brothers & Co. With the warm and cozy place, Capital 8 that placed in Ir. H. Juanda 72, near Dago, West Java gives you an unforgettable experiences.