Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Wakatobi Island, The Heaven of Divers

A destination where you can dive the world's most pristine reefs and experience remoteness from everyday life in total comfort. Situated on a beautiful tropical island in the remote and peaceful Wakatobi archipelago in the Banda Sea, Wakatobi Dive Resort offers what many consider to be the best reef diving in the world. Blessed with a house reef where you can begin your dive only 20m (60 feet) from the dive center, Wakatobi is often described as a live aboard with a built-in beach! In addition to the spectacular house reef, there are several dozens of easily accessible dive sites offering incredible marine life diversity, color and natural splendor.


Each island has its own distinct characteristics and as a second largest marine conservation area in the archipelago, Wakatobi covers an area of 1.4 million hectares giving you the contrast of an exotic and unique experience with its local inhabitants, culture and traditions as one of Indonesian’s jewels.

When marine tourism becomes a permanent and promising business sector, all the factors; including sport culture that has the highest commercial value of any marine tourism activity create a successful marine conservation program to be seen both chance and challenge. At Wakatobi, the program has turned to be equal in all sectors. It seems that people’s empowering program have run well in the area. The society becomes a powerful guardian protecting their underwater heritages.

The Collaborative Reef Conservation Program was developed by the founders of Wakatobi Dive Resort in consultation with local leaders and village elders. It was designed to motivate the people living within the region and to realize the genuine value of the reefs and inspire the villagers to be pro-active in protecting the marine ecosystem. The program achieves by providing the economic alternative sources that could help, protect the ecosystem and manage the reefs . It is a good example of how to do people’s empowerment by giving them the pattern with law enforcement. Cooperation between local fishermen and visiting divers is promoted by generating from tourism income that will return to the community

The best key to build deep trust and understanding amongst the community is to do the continuous and consistent efforts although the program took many years to reach the goals and the aim is there, where all members of the surrounding villages respect and honor the agreement. The Collaborative Reef Conservation Program was extended even further based on the success of a pilot project launched in 1998 that turned 6 km of reef into an effective no-fishing sanctuary. The program includes all 17 communities around the resort and the dive environment includes over 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) of some of the finest reefs of the world, including the protection of dozens of top dive sites for generations.

How to get there?

At this time, the access to Wakatobi can be reached either by air through Kendari using Susi Air
(10 times a week |Monday - Saturday|).

Time Schedule of Susi Air :
Morning Trip :
Trip : Kendari ---> Wakatobi 8:00 am

Wakatobi ---> Kendari 9:00 am

Afternoon Trip :
Trip : Kendari ---> Wakatobi 16:00 pm

Wakatobi ---> Kendari 17:00 pm

To get Kendari can be reach by
(Garuda Indonesia Air, Merpati Air,Sriwijaya Air, Batavia Air and Lion Air)
from Jakarta, Bali, Manado, and Surabaya as follow:

1. Jakarta – Makassar – Kendari - Wakatobi
2. Bali – Makassar – Kendari - Wakatobi
3. Manado – Makassar – Kendari - Wakatobi
4. Surabaya – Makassar – Kendari - Wakatobi

Time schedule of Garuda Indonesia Air :
Jakarta – Makassar (15:35 pm) – Kendari (16:00 pm) - Wakatobi (17:00 pm)

Wakatobi has an amazing challeging dive sites and the island’s population of nearly 100,563 with their unique custom and culture encourages the people to promote their region to be the most popular marine tourism destination in the world.

Wakatobi consists of multi-ethnic society and Suku Bajo or Bajo Tribe who lives in the seashore, having a particular building architecture connected by the bridge and boats as their main transportation and basic livelihood as the fishermen.
The culinary art of the region serves you a delicious natural tasted food, traditionally made from generation by generation.


The Island provides you in full comfort and distinct resort class although the site is in the most remote resort area. The villas and bungalows were built in a large space, tastefully decorated with the hospitality you would expect in the fine resort like Wakatobi Dive Resort, a Swiss-founded that has an international standard with some facilities in Tomia Island.

The Architecture is built in consideration with the preservation of the traditional building style, respect to the eco-tourism principles with the main building and bungalows crafted by local artisans and all using manual tools. Apart of their land-based resort, the world-renowned Pelagian Yacht now operates and takes the visitors in a local luxurious transportation. This Pelagian Yacht is fully integrated into Wakatobi’s award-winning marine conservation and community development program. It has an exclussive access to the diving sites within the extended Wakatobi region. Let’s try a trip to Wakatobi in a live-a-board adventure on the Pelagian at the same holiday!

Hoga Island with its white sandy beach and beautiful panorama offers you a place that can accommodate up to hundreds guests. There is also a moderate home stay for you to spend the time at Wanci in Wangi-Wangi Island, the capital city of the regency that keeps put in order providing all the facilities to the visitors needs.

There is no denying that Wakatobi is an excellent tourism destination with no less than 750 coral reef species from a total of 850 species in the world, comparing with the Caribbean owes only 50 species and other 300 species in the Red Sea.


Local food always challenges you to experience unordinary flavour with a touch of magic while a journey in international cuisine will exclusively give you a different taste of seafood with imported ingredients. Guests will enjoy a food etalase from fresh sea fruits to a divine desert and a fresh coconut to a cup of hot local coffee. At Wakatobi Dive Resort the food even extremely served at the Jetty Bar where you can see the sunset of day and look forward to a new adventure tomorrow.

Why make you hurry from the paradise if you can benefit your time in beauty treatments to pamper you while taking a break from diving. Experience the Spa with a fully-trained staff and life can get any better than yesterday. Your day ends with a marvelous sunset watching while having a wonderful candle light dinner.

Source : www.wakatobi.info

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Bandung Shopping Guide

Bandung Shopping Guide

Bandung is very popular and known as a shopping city, or Kota Wisata Belanja. There are many lots of shopping spots in Bandung. Bandung Shopping the right place for shoppers where you can find and buy clothes, shoes, handbags and souvenirs in Bandung. Since Bandung has otonomy right to build their own city, they now build lots of shopping center, The fashion stores now grow so fast, they sell various stuff like quality clothes, and rejected export products which is alot cheaper rather then the price in the malls. You also can find Distro (distribution outlets). Distro is an interesting place to shop in Bandung because they produce their own fashion design which is very unique and cannot be found in other shopping place. There are also several factory outlet shops around Bandung. The shops are mainly found along the streets of Juanda (known as Dago area), Cipaganti area, Martadinata Street (known as Riau) and Cihampelas street. Bandung Shopping is one of the primary attractions for Indonesians visiting Bandung. The other reason is culinary food.

Where to Shop in Bandung?

* Alun-alun area (city square) is surrounded by shopping centers, particularly on Dalem Kaum Street. Facility: Shopping center (available for bargain), food court, mosque.

Cihampelas Bandung

Bandung Shopping GuideCihampelas or popular called as The Street of 1001 Jeans is best known for jeans. You can find denim (jeans) stores along the street. Here you can buy literally any type as well as any size of jeans, in addition to a very large selection of casual wear, all at very reasonable prices. The jeans here are mostly copies. The shops here boast huge fantastical statues of comic book or movie characters on their roofs and shop fronts such as Superman, Goku, Rambo and others.

Cibaduyut Bandung:

Bandung Shopping GuideIf you have sometime to explore shopping in Bandung, you can try to go to Cibaduyut. Cibaduyut is the center of shoe sellers. The statue of two bronze shoes at the beginning of the street conveys it all: shoes of all sorts and sizes make up the bulk of what this street sells. If you are keen on shoes and like a bargain, Cibaduyut street will both satisfy your feet as your wallet. To get there, either take a taxi or hop on one of the angkots that states Cibaduyut, and get off past the shoe statue. Most of the branded shoes might not be the real thing even though, many still are of good quality and it is hard to tell if it concerns the real thing or not. Other than that most shoes are Indonesian brands, again of good enough quality and economically priced.

* Factory outlets: Mostly Factory outlets are concentrated along the streets of Juanda (Dago), Cipaganti, and Martadinata (Riau). You can just walk along the streets. Such as The Summit Factory Outlet and Herittage Factory Outlet which are located at Martadinata (Riau) Street. Just ask away how to get there.

* Distros (Distribution Outlets) are a new phenomenon in Bandung where a shop sells stylish products that were made by local designers. They are served as a distribution store, because these local designers do not have their own marketing label yet. One thing that makes distros stand out from factory outlet is that distros come from individual designers and young entrepeneurs, while factory outlet products come from a garment factory.
Some of Bandung distros: EAT, Jl. Trunojoyo 4, Invictus, Jl.Pager gunung 13 and Jl.Trunojoyo 6 also you can check their website www.invcts.com Ouval Research, Jl. Buah Batu 64, No Label, Jl. Sumatra 24, etc.

Note: be careful when buying in distros as the prices are increasing to a level almost the same as at boutique shops.

Mall and Shopping Center in Bandung :

Bandung ELectronic Centre (BEC)
Purnawarman Street
Facility: Electronic, Computer & Hand phone retails, food court.

Bandung Indah Plaza (BIP)
Merdeka Street
Facility: Shopping center, food court, cafe, cinema

Bandung Super Mall (BSM)
Gatot Subroto Street
Facility: Shopping center, food court, cafe, cinema

Naripan Street
Facility: Facility: Electronic retails, food court

Braga City Walk
Braga Street
Facility: Shopping center, food court, cafe, cinema

Bandung Trade Center (BTC)
Pasteur Street
Facility: Shopping center (available for bargain), Food court

Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk)
Cihampelas Street
Facility: Shopping center, food court, cafe, cinema, billiard, nightlife

Hyper Square
Pasirkaliki Street
Facility: Outdoor Food court, discotheque, FO, Ruko

IBCC (Istana Building Commodities Center)
Ahmad Yani Street
Facility: Electronic center, Food court

Istana Plaza
Pasirkaliki Street in Pajajaran area
Facility: Shopping center, Food court, Cafe, Ice skating

ITC Kebon Kelapa
Moh. Toha Street, Pungkur are
Facility: Shopping center (available for bargain), Food court

Kings Shopping Center
This is a very popular shopping spot for local shoppers
Kepatihan Street
Facility: Shopping center (available for bargain), Food court, Cinema

It is one of old shopping center in Bandung
Dalem Kaum Street
Facility: Shopping center (available for bargain)

Paris Van Java Mall
Sukajadi Street
Facility: Shopping center, Food court, Cafe, Cinema

Pasar Baru
Otto Iskandar Dinata or known as Otista Street
Facility: Shopping center (available for bargain), Food court

Planet Dago
It's in front of Indmaret supermarket, there you can find a popular Cafe "O la la"
Juanda Street, Dago area
Facility: Shopping center, Bowling, Food court, Cafe

Plaza Dago
There you can find many of mobile/cellphone sellers
It's also near to the popular mall in Bandung, BIP.
Facility: Shopping center, Cafe, Food court, Karaoke, Billiard

Cihampelas Street
Facility: Shopping center, Food court

Below are some interesting places and shops to find or buy souvenirs and arts.

Saung Angklung Udjo
It is my favorite one, there you can watch show performance of sundanese dance and culture
Padasuka Street 118

The Summit Boutique Outlet
Riau Street 61 Bandung
Phone: (022) 4221001

Parijs Van Java Gallery

Braga Street 48-V
Phone: (022) 4212525

Pigura Modern Galeria

Ir H Juanda Street 62
Phone: (022) 4205195

Risera Gallery Souvenir

Lengkong Besar Street 64-B

Elina Ceramics
Pramuka Street

Sin Sin Souvenir & Antique Shop
Braga Street 59

Gallery Fotografi
BKR Street 78
Black Cat
Braga Street 11

Yayasan Bhakti Budaya
Papanggungan Street 72
Phone: (022) 7310992
Afrika 65

Rainbow Souvenir Shop
Sukajadi Street 168-170

Wisma Taruna

Phone: (022) 4237343
Tassel Gallery

Rereng Wulung Street 29

Phone: (022) 2508600

TS 90 Galeri

Taman Sari Street 90
Phone: (022) 2513434

Kalingga Souvenir & Antique Shop

Junjunan Street 128

Farta Forte
Nyengseret Street 18

Gallery and Boutique in Bandung

Galeri 16
Cibeureum Street 16

Galeri Kita
RE.Martadinata Street 209

Galeri Win Art
Mangga Street 36

Batik Keris
Tamblong Street 64

Badjoe Batik
Jendral Sudirman Street

Batik Danar Hadi
Sukajadi Street 119

Babe Butik
Telaga Bodas Street 55

Baleza Butik
Ir.H.Djuanda Street 131

Tirta Jaya Batik
Prof.DR.Surya Sumantri Street 6C

Museum Barli
R.Prof.DR.Sutami Street

Mab Butik
Prof.DR.Surya Sumantri Street 6C
Best Boutique
Lengkong Kecil Street 74

Blue Moon Boutique
Jend. Sudirman Street 75

Carla Boutique
Jamika Street 41

Celcius Butik
Naripan Street 62

Chance Boutique
Komp, Kopo Plaza BI D/B

Rumah Nusantara
Gegerkalong Street 147

Azzalea Shoes
Naripan Street 62

Galeri Jeihan
Cibeunying Selatan Street

Chalisa Boutique
Rajamantri Mantri Street 11/2

Fan Italian Butik
Terusan Martanegara Street 9

Rumah Payung Nyoman
Setrasari Street

Well, that's all I know. I hope this bandung shopping guide will be useful for you..
I will add more information when I have some.

Happy Shopping :)

List Of Hotel In Bandung

List Of Hotel In Bandung

Have you ever traveled to Bandung? if you have you probably have found your own favorite places to stay. For new visitors, no need to worry, you will find lots of Hotel in Bandung. Bandung is one of interesting place to visit in Indonesia because Bandung is popular for shopping. Bandung shopping is so fun since there are lots of factory outlets. Bandung factory outlets sell up-to-date fashion, handbags, and so on. Bandung also very popular as for those who like culinary food. If you visit Bandung in the weekend it will be very crowded and hard to get a room in hotel in Bandung. If you plan to visit Bandung in the weekend, you will need to book a room at least one week before. If you come to Bandung during business day, you will not have any problem to get a room.

The hotel in Bandung have different rates for business day and weekend. It will be more expensive in the weekend, several hotel even charge double for the weekend and holidays. The rates are various, it depends on the facilities and stars of the hotel. There you can find 3 stars to 5 stars hotel. If you don't have lots of fund, you also can find cheap hotels. Cheap hotel Bandung can be found anywhere, you just need sometime to explore.

Below are several hotel in Bandung, if you have enough time you better explore them first to find the best of your interest.

List of Hotel in Bandung
Hyatt Regency
Jl.Sumatra 51
Horison Hotel
Jl.Pelajar Pejuang 45
Grand Preanger Hotel
Jl.AsiaAfrika 81/41
Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel
Jl.AsiaAfrika 112

Sheraton Bandung Hotel
Jl.Ir.H.Juanda 390
Grand Aquila
Jl.Dr.Junjunan 116
The Ardjuna Hotel Santika Hotel
Holliday Inn
Jl.Ir.H.Juanda 31-33
Novotel Hotel
Jl.Cihampelas Bawah
Malya Hotel Geulis Hotel
Jl.Ir.H.Juanda 129
Patra Jasa Hotel
Kedaton Hotel
Jl.Suniaraja 14
Sari Ater Hotel Topas Galery Hotel
Jl.Dr.Junjunan 153
Papandayan Hotel
Jl.Gatot Subroto 83
Jayakarta Hotel
Jl.Ir.H.Juanda 381A
Panghegar Hotel
Jl.Merdeka 2
Nalendra Hotel
Jl. Cihampelas 225-229 Bandung, 40131
Progo Hotel
Jl.Progo 6 Bandung
Phone. 022 420 6249
Price: Rp.200,000
Royal Dago Hotel
Jl.Ir. H Juanda 169
Bali World Hotel
Jl.Soekarno Hatta 713 Bandung
Ph. +62.22.7332088 Fax. 62.22.7309402
Price: Rp.355.000 - Rp.675.000
Naripan Indah
Jl.Pelajar Pejuang 45 No.35
Hotel Gandasari
Jl. Seram No 3 Bandung 40115
Phone. 022 - 4200518
Fax. 022-4232114
Price: Rp. 375,000 - Rp. 900,000
Bukit Dago
Ir.H. Juanda Street 311 Bandung
Riau Hotel
Jl RE Martadinata 191
Price: Rp.150,000
Utari Hotel & Rest
Jl Ir H Juanda 50
4200805, 4200806
Anggrek Hotel
Jl.RE.Martadinata 15
Istana Hotel
Jl. Lembong No.44 Phone:(022)4233025
Karmila Hotel
Jl. Juanda (Dago)
Phn: +62 22 420 6778
Price : Rp.260,000
Cemerlang Hotel

Apartment In BandungRoom Rate:
The Majesty Apartment hotel Bandung, Indonesia

Jl. Surya Sumantri No. 91, Bandung, 40164
Phone: +62-22-2002485/2015483
Fax : +62-22-2015438

I forgot where I put the document of the Majesty Apartment rates, but a year ago I stay there for 6 months.

The rate for six monts was 25 million Rupiah, and 5 million rupiah per months.

The rates probably have changes, can be higher or cheaper since they build a new apartement in Dago area.

Grand Setiabudhi Apartment

Jl. Setiabudhi No. 130 Bandung
Phone: +62-22-2044002
Fax : +62-22-2044004

Studio 1 Room:
Rp 350,000,- W/Day
Rp 400,000,- W/End
Rp 1,850.,000,- /Week
Rp 4,300,000,- /Month

Executive 2 Room + Living Room:
Rp 700,000,- W/Day
Rp 750,000,- W/End
Rp 7,700.000,- /Month

Galery Ciumbuleuit Apartment

Jl. Ciumbuleuit No. 42 Bandung
Phone: +62-22-82062000
Fax : +62-22-82062005

* Please make contact to the hotel for more information. The price listing is not exhaustive
Studio 1 Room:
Rp 350.000,- W/Day
Rp 400.000,- W/End
Rp 1.850.000,- /Week

Executive 2 Room + Living Room :
Rp 700,000,- W/Day
Rp 750,000,- W/End
Rp 3,750.000,- /Week
Rp 7,700.000,- /Month

Setramurni Apartment

Jl. Setramurni 1A no 9 Bandung
contact : 62-8164871771/62-81320652262
e-mail : cps@bdg.centrin.net.id

Rate :
Rp. 300,000.-/day for one bedroom

Rp. 400,000.-/day for two bedroom

* Please make contact to the hotel for more information. The price listing is not exhaustive

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Visit Paris Van Java Mall

Paris Van Java Mall

If you like shopping, when you visit Bandung, don’t forget to go to Paris Van Java Mall, this place as a must for visitors. Bandung is a city that is very popular with shopping and culinary knowledge. Paris Van Java Mall is one of the entertainment center in the Bandung which is located in Jl. Sukajadi. The location is easy to be reached, close to the Setiabudi Road, also near the Pasir Kaliki road, and also very close to the Cihampelas Walk that is very hot at the moment.

Look at Paris Van Java Mall, from the outside only represents what is quite an impression that would be submitted to all the visitors who come. Very cozy, spacious and roomy, with a full feel of modern environment-friendly. If you come in the evening, you’ll see the atmosphere and glorious eye catching offered with its many lights placed in the trees in the mall parking lot is also very large. Entering the park, and how knowledgeable no need to worry because parking place can be sure that you can park your car. There you can go for window shopping or lunch in nice cafes with your friends or family who might be invited.

Paris Van Java Mall

Well, now we talk about the mall, I am very impressed to the management of Paris Van Java Mall in such a way this has all sett the layout counter in the front of this mall. From edge to edge and filled with stalls filled with food, meal, Snacks, beverages, coffee, etc.. Call only outlets that we know are familiar, Starbucks Coffee, Black Canyon Coffee, J. Co Donuts, Oh La La Cafe, Manchester United Cafe & Bar, and a restaurant that offers a variety of concepts of each. Ethnic traditional Indonesia there, the cuisine a la carte there be like a westerner, a Japanese cuisine. Really complete.

Go to inside, there you can shopping fashion clothes or just simply want to window shopping. There are various fashion outlets and apparels on the floor and a basement. All outlets have a majority is branded outlets. A course Esprit, Mango, Giordano, Hammer, not to mention the outlet of the bag and shoes make me dizzy spell to read one by one. Down there on the floor Gramedia, where there is a spa and salon is also one I do not remember. There are also outlets health and beauty clinic, and so many more. Also have lingerie boutiques also do not want to lose consecutive enliven Paris Van Java Mall this. So wonderful!.

Well if you have more time, you can go to Carrefour. It’s a huge department store, this mall is a joint venture with SOGO, a shopping center that is known to middle-class and above. If you like to go to Cinema to see newest movie, you can go to Blitz Megaplex. There are more than 10 cinemas in a theater, so you can choose the your favorite movie in this wonderful cinema. There is also a lounge where you can sit and talk with your partner while you wait for the movie. There is billyard place if you like to do sport near to the Cinema. That essentially, It’s not expensive to watch movie at the Blitz Megaplex, you will will not make you regret, If you only have 50,000 rupiah in the wallet it’s more than enough. The Sound system is so fantastic, I think it’s the best cinema in Bandung.

So that, If you never visit to Paris Van Java Mall, I recommended you to visit there, I believe that you won’t regret it. Have fun!

Map to Paris Van Java MallMap to Paris Van Java Mall

Bandung City Square (Alun-alun)

Bandung City Square

Bandung City Square or also called Alun-alun is a City parks or public open space is one of the facilities of Bandung city as a place for the citizens that must be provided by the government. This facility has become a civilization and culture in every country, since the Indonesian kingdoms until now. Although the public place is never separated from the government’s power, but in each era formed space in the broad field of the central government is perceived as belonging to citizens, or the public.

Bandung City SquareBandung City Square (Alun-alun)

In Indonesia, the wide field in front of the government, district or districts and municipalities, called a square. A wide field surrounded by the central government ( regent / mayor), the market, a prison (or the police station / military / security) and the liturgy. The zone of architecture of the city that is many centuries of age.

Bandung City Square
In ancient times, the king of the square is for the benefit of formal government, for example, military ceremonies or formal non-military, ceremonial liturgy or a party and the night market. The same concept is in the world though different zone, referred to as a plaza or town square.

The Residents thought it’s important to have square as the center information, the crowd, the big events, a playground area, bazaars, and even to play at night under the light of days with feelings of comfort. Not sure square is also an image of the city.

Before the concept of a metropolis, the city is called the district, as led by a regent. This city is located in front of the Bupati office of Bandung. Tragic enough when the Regent of Bandung office moved to Soreang. Bandung is established (several months before Daendels central government also established colonialism) is expelled from the location history. We forget that those who qualified native called the Bandung is that they are born and grow in Soreang, Cililin, Banjaran, Dayeuhkolot, Bale Endah, Majalaya, Pangalengan, Ciparay, Cicalengka and so on.. Bandung city itself is just a small city filled with many immigrants.

Bandung city center is around the road Aceh Merdeka, Wastukancana, and can not provide the same concepts such as Bandung City Square. However the park is clean and Bandung city center is also nice to visit.

While in other cities, Indonesian people usually never forget to visit the City Square. Tasikmalaya, Garut, Ciamis, Kebumen, Kuningan, Medan, Yogyakarta, and Makassar are the cities that most Indonesian people like. We can file smiling faces when we see people play, sit and walk or run enjoy the nice sunset.

Over the years the square was closed because the Bandung Mosque project developed (Mesjid Agung Bandung) which changed its name to the Masjid Raya Bandung development was completed mid-year 2003 ago. Four years more square Bandung lost from view. Perhaps also people forget it.

Mesjid Agung BandungMesjid Agung Bandung
(Great Mosque)

Several months ago, Bandung City Square re-opened, with new faces that are far more interesting, more clean and comfortable, although not as comfortable as the old atmosphere.

Bandung Shopping CenterShopping Center

History Of Bandung (The Flower City)

History Of Bandung
(The Flower City)

Bandung Photo
History Of Bandung (The Flower City) dates since 1488 as the first situation to Bandung existents. As from earliest archeological discoverss, we identify the bandung city was home to Australopithecus, Java Man. The Java Man lived on the sides of the Cikapundung in north Bandung, the Huge Lake of Bandung. The relics can still be found in the top of Dago area, the Geological Museum also has shows and parts of the skeletal remains and the artifacts.

The Sundanese People were a agricultural people, the rich regions of Bandung. They builded a dynamic tradition which comprises the practiced Wayang Golek doll/puppet theatre, and so many musical styles. As Juliaen de Silva wrote in her book in 1614 "There is a city called Bandung, comprising 25 to 30 houses."

The accomplishments of The adventurers from Europe to seek their luck in the productive and rich of Bandung area, led finally to 1786 as a road was developed connecting Bogor, Jakarta, Bandung, and Cianjur. This flow was enlarged since 1809. Louis Napoleon, the leader from the Netherlands, commanded Governor General H.W. Daendels, to strengthen defenses in Java in opposition to English. The idea was a sequence of military defense things and a source road between Cirebon and. However, this area was wet and swamp, and it was better to build the road of the further south, across the Priangan high lands.

Talking about the history of Bandung, we will remember the Big Post Road was built around 11 miles north of the (then called) capital of Bandung. With this usual brevitys, Daendels commanded the capital of Bandung to be re-located to the road. Bupati Wiranata Kusumah II chosen a site in the south of the road on the western side of the Lake Cikapundung, close a pair of blessed wells, Sumur Bandung, assumedly protected by the very old goddess Nyi Kentring Manik. On this site he built his palace and the Bandung city square (alun-alun). Go along the traditional orientations, Mesjid Agung (The Grand Mosque of Bandung) was built on the western side, and the big market on the east. His house and Pendopo (meeting place) was placed on the south facing of the mystical mountain of Tangkuban Perahu. Within the l9th Century, South American cinchona (quinine), Assam tea, and coffee was leaded to the uplands. At the end of the 19th century, Priangan (another called for Bandung) was listed as the most rich plantation place of the province. In 1880, the rail line that connecting Bandung and Jakarta was finished, and assured a 2 1/2 hour trip from the Jakarta to Bandung.

Tea Plantation

With this great modification in history of Bandung, cafes, hotels, shopping malls builded up to provide the planters who came down from the highland plantations or up from Bandung. The Concordia Society was developed and the large ballroom was the magnet for social meeting at the weekend activities in Bandung city. The Grand Hotel Preanger and the Savoy Homann Hotel were the best hotels of choice. The Braga street became the popular as there are many exclusive Europeans shops. *

With the railroad, light industry flourished. Once raw plantation crops were sent directly to Jakarta for shipment to Europe, now primary processing could be done efficiently in Bandung. The Chinese who had never lived in Bandung in any number came to help run the facilities and vendor machines and services to the new industries. Chinatown dates from this period.

Talking about History of Bandung, in the first years of the present century, Pax Neerlandica was proclaimed, resulting in the passing of military government to a civilian one. With this came the policy of decentralization to lighten the administrative burden of the central government. And so Bandung became a municipality in 1906.

Old Braga Street

Braga Street Now

This turn of events left a great impact on the city. City Hall was built at the north end of Braga to accommodate the new government, separate from the original native system. This was soon followed by a larger scale development when the military headquarters was moved from Batavia to Bandung around 1920. The chosen site was east of City Hall, and consisted of a residence for the Commander in Chief, offices, barracks and military housing.

By the early 20's the need for skilled professionals drove the establishment of the technical high school that was sponsored by the citizens of Bandung. At the same time the plan to move the capital of the Netherlands Indies from Batavia to Bandung was already mature, the city was to be extended to the north. The capital district was placed in the northeast, an area that had formerly been rice fields, and a grand avenue was planned to run for about 2.5 kilometers facing the fabled Tangkuban Perahu volcano with Gedung Sate at the south end, and a colossal monument at the other. on both sides of this grand boulevard buildings would house the various offices of the massive colonial government.

Along the east side of the Cikapundung River amidst natural scenery was the campus of the Technische Hoogeschool, dormitories and staff housing. The old campus buildings and its original landscaping reflect the genius of its architect Henri Maclain Pont. The southwestern section was reserved for the municipal hospital and the Pasteur Institute, in the neighborhood of the old quinine factory. These developments were carefully planned down to the architectural and maintenance details. These years shortly before World War II were the golden ones in Bandung and those alluded to today as Bandung Tempoe Doeloe.

The war years did little to change the city of Bandung, but in 1946, facing the return of the Colonial Dutch to Indonesia, citizens chose to burn down their beloved Bandung in what has become known as Bandung Lautan Api, Bandung Ocean of Fire. Citizens fled to the southern hills and overlooking the "ocean of flames" penned "Halo Halo Bandung," the anthem promising their return. Political unrest colored the early years of Independence and consequently people flocked to Bandung where safety was. The population skyrocketed from 230,000 in 1940 to 1 million by 1961. Economic prosperity following the oil boom in the 70's pushed this further so that by 1990 there were 2 million inhabitants.

Present day Bandung is thriving. As home to more than 35 schools of higher education, there is a vibrant collegiate atmosphere. The excellent fine arts offerings have produced an artist colony of great repute and excitement. The textile industry is the largest in the country and contributes to a vigorous business climate.

In 1987 the city extended its administrative boundaries toward a Greater Bandung Plan (Bandung Raya) Plans for the city include higher concentrations of development outside the current city centre, in an attempt to dilute some of the population density in the old core. These days Bandung Raya is still years ahead, yet the land has suffered deeply. Commercial activities run amok, God only knows who can take control. The city core is practically uprooted, old faces are torn down, lot sizes regrouped, and what was idyllic residence is now bustling chain supermarkets and rich banks.

Bandung MapMap of Bandung

Gedung Sate Bandung

Gedung Sate Bandung

Gedung Sate
The evaluation of the government to change some of departments from Batavia city to Bandung city was a huge beat for the development of the city. First, in year of 1914, the Department of Defense was transported, and then in year of 1920 the Government Department now called as Gedung Sate followed.

Gedung Sate
Because of the extraordinary ornament on the roof of Gedung Sate, with a bit similarity to the stick of sate (Indonesian Food), It’s called as Gedung Sate. The buildings was built with the total cost around 6 millions gulden. It is the first building that made by supported actual technology in Indonesia.

Gedung Sate
With wonderful shaped of the building-complex, designed by of the architect J. Gerber (1921), both ornaments of western and also eastern architecture were incoperated. In 1925, Gedung Sate was the only big building around Bandung.

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