If you are living in Jakarta then you might hear a lot about Bandung the capital city of West Java province. Unlike any other big cities in Indonesia, Bandung is a cool place (literally) to hang out with your family and friends because there will be a lot of things that are waiting for you there. So without further ado, we present to you the things about Bandung that common people have to know to understand Bandung so they will grow to love this city that 2,520 ft above the sea level which makes Bandung has really nice weather that will be really enjoyable for most people whether locals or foreigners.
The History of the Paris of Java
Bandung is the third largest city and also the second largest metropolitan area in Indonesia. It is located approximately 140 km south east of the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. And maybe this is also the reason why most people who live in Jakarta mostly choose Bandung for the gateway. The city itself lies on a river basin that is surrounded by many volcanic mountains which makes this place has quite good natural system of defense and this was exactly what people in the past made use of as Dutch colony planned on moving the colony capital from Batavia which is now known as Jakarta to Bandung as they thought Bandung has a good topography.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, VOC or Dutch East Indies Company opened tea plantations in this area. There are many building also influenced by the European architecture especially Dutch. Famous buildings that have that style of architectures can be found on Asia-Afrika Street which is also a very historical street that named after a monumental conference with the same name. Gedung Sate is also a building in Bandung which was specifically designed by Dutch.
What Makes the Paris of Java Attractive?
There are so many reasons why people always want to go back again and again to Bandung. Besides the natural beauty that you just cannot forget easily, Bandung also offers many types of traditional cultures that you might not be able to find in other places. Sundanese language, for instance, is the local and quite distinctive language that the local people use in daily basis, or at least spoken by elder people. You might also be interested in learning how to play angklung which is a traditional music instrument that is made of bamboo. The dances that are also very traditional still be appreciated by many people.
Besides having many natural attractions such as Mount TangkubanPerahu, Dago Waterfall, KawahPutih, Patenggang Lake, and so on, you can also try to enjoy shopping on Riau Street, Setiabudi Street, or Dago and the culinary delights of Bandung. Many other places that are worth your time are Cibaduyut, Cihampelas, and many more.
Husein Sastranegara International Airport is the nearest airport that usually serves direct domestic flights. Other main transportations that can be used are such as taxies, buses, and also trains.