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Cirebon Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 86 photos

cirebon, a hidden jewel of west java, there are several palaces of the old sultanates, with unique lingo mixing central and west java, an old harbour and traditional batik influenced by chinese and west europe patterns. also delicious eateries called nasi jamblang.
it's so laid back in cirebon, walking along jalan lemah wungkuk. witnessing time goes by, as a palace hidden by a local market. sad but true, reflecting the glorious moment from the past.

a becak song

[this is one of my childhood song]
saya mau tamasya, keliling-keliling kota
untuk melihat-lihat
keramaian yang ada
saya panggilkan becak
kereta tak berkuda,
becak-becak, tolong bawa saya

[i want to go wandering, around the city
for watching and looking
bunch of tourist spot
so, bring me here a becak
cart without horse
oh becak, becak take me to there]

the places we’d been at cirebon: sugar mill sindanglaut, old houses along jalan lemah wungkuk, bank indonesia-british american tobacco [BAT]-bank mandiri buildings, chinese temple welas asih [klenteng thiaw kak sie], keraton [grand palace] kasepuhan, keraton kanoman, grand mosque cirebon, local market kanoman and the harbour of cirebon.

sindanglaut sugarmills

thanks to dearly nick who gave me ‘special offer’; sugar mills visits at Sindanglaut, 40 kms away from cirebon. Yes, suiker-fabriken [sugar factory, dutch lingo] becomes our main destination. we have to ask many local before, since both of us never been at sindanglaut. then i added idea to visit grand palaces of cirebon sultanates, old mosque, temple, harbour, local market, old buildings and cirebon square [town square].

during weekend, we got so many experiences. visit the old steam locomotives ~which very rarely found in the world [nick gets the information from his dad and several sources in the net], visit the old house of de onderneming [chief of sugar factory, dutch lingo] ~I do love to learn about its indische woonhuizen [dutch design and architecture for houses that applied for tropical countries like Indonesia], ‘till laugh oud loud whenever seeing flipper show at cirebon square. “the dolphins looks so stressed,” nick's comments. “maybe feel like hell, as hot as the loco-steam!”

oh, anyway i got a new nickname ‘Puffin Billy’, since my experience about locomotive only based on a small literary from a children book the famous five [by enid blyton, uk]. meanwhile nick got that ‘lovely’ nickname based on the flipper show; ‘steam dolphin’.

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  • Last visit to Cirebon: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • i-s-a's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    maligayang kaarawan dear @rie. hope your days will be filled with happiness always.

  • lukluk_wal_marjan's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2006 at 5:17 AM

    Hi @rie! How far is Cirebon from Bandung. Can I made a day trip to here from Bandung? Tx dear :-*

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2005 at 12:32 AM

    Great new page with some beautiful photos. You have even managed to take a good one of a hotel room, which is not easy.

  • hunwagner's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2005 at 10:26 PM

    Nice to see you are building it up again!

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2005 at 9:42 PM

    I'm amused by the pinky building. (I bet this page is not finished , no restaurant tips yet. ;-))

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