Tangkuban Perahu inactive Volcano @ Bandung, Indonesia

 

After our heavy breakfast (click here), then we continue our Bandung exploration to another side of it which is a tourist place must visit. A inactive volcano with a location called Tangkuban Perahu which is like 45 minutes to 1 hour drive from the city area.

There is a fairy tale story behind the name of Tangkuban Perahu:

The name translates roughly to “upturning of (a) boat” or “upturned boat” in Sundanese, referring to the local legend of its creation. The story tells of “Dayang Sumbi”, a beauty who lived in West Java. She cast away her son “Sangkuriang” for disobedience, and in her sadness was granted the power of eternal youth by the gods. After many years in exile, Sangkuriang decided to return to his home, long after the two had forgotten and failed to recognize each other. Sangkuriang fell in love with Dayang Sumbi and planned to marry her, only for Dayang Sumbi to recognize his birthmark just as he was about to go hunting. In order to prevent the marriage from taking place, Dayang Sumbi asked Sangkuriang to build a dam on the river Citarum and to build a large boat to cross the river, both before the sunrise. Sangkuriang meditated and summoned mythical ogre-like creatures -buta hejo or green giant(s)- to do his bidding. Dayang Sumbi saw that the tasks were almost completed and called on her workers to spread red silk cloths east of the city, to give the impression of impending sunrise. Sangkuriang was fooled, and upon believing that he had failed, kicked the dam and the unfinished boat, resulting in severe flooding and the creation of Tangkuban Perahu from the hull of the boat. (source by Wikepedia)

I just love the journey there, so classic and kampung’ish . . .

1 hour later, here we are, reach to the summit of the hill with a bit of winding road up and lots of people at the peak.

The weather is just perfect, with a bit blue sky and white clouds. . .cool windy breeze and weather around 22 degree. . .

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    yuvy
    March 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Hi, I will travel to Bandung by next week 3D2N.
    Can you share your Bandung trip itinerary with me?
    Any nice places to visit/ nice food to recommend? All visit places like Tangkuban Perahu/ hot spring need entrance ticket?

    Thanks~ 🙂

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    Caroline
    March 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

    everything looks so nice! 😀 lol @ go down is no problem..hike up is the big problem . hahaha!

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