"Parijs van Java" Top 5 Page for this destination Bandung by ukirsari

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>> peterpan, one of Bandung's new icon

waktu terasa
semakin berlalu
tinggalkan cerita tentang kita

akan tiada lagi
kini tawamu
'tuk hapuskan
semua sepi di hati

ada cerita tentang aku dan dia
dan kita bersama
saat dulu kala
ada cerita tentang masa yang indah
saat kita berduka
saat kita tertawa

[and times goes by
leaving a story 'bout us
there won't be hearing your laugh anymore
to erase all the silentness in my heart

there's a story 'bout me and him
and we're together for long time ago
there's a story 'bout beautiful moments
when we're sad and when we're laugh]


[Performed by Peterpan, lyrics and song: Ariel, taken from their first album: Taman Langit/sky garden]

* Picture is about me and the personels of Peterpan, after a nice --and fun-- interview at Jakarta, 2003. Thanks so much, Guys. Thanks a lot, Ariel "Yes @rie, we have a same name." *

/kota kembang/

Bandung is the capital city of West Java Province (Jawa Barat) with population over than 2 millions. Known as Kota Kembang or 'Flower City'. In our history, this city was very popular among Dutch. Because the beauty of the city, they're addressed her 'Parijs van Java'.

Situated 180 km south of Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, Bandung is approximately 800 meters above sea level and the weather is cooler comparing with Jakarta, or even Buitenzorg (Bogor). Freezing atmosphere thoughout the year, with Mount Burangrang, Mount Papandayan and Mount Tangkuban Perahu around. And here, we can find many plantations of tea and coffee. Because its weather, this city have many mountain resorts in Lembang, meanwhile, at Tangkuban Perahu, we can find sulfur fumes.

The story about Bandung begin at 1809 when Governor General H.W. Daendels (Dutch) made The Grote Postweg (Great Post Road) to connected Bandung-Cirebon-Jakarta, as a chain of military defences against British Colonial. It's also the time when titled 'Kota Kembang' and Parijs van Java become very popular.

The most heroic story about Bandung happened at 1946, called BANDUNG LAUTAN API or Bandung Ocean on Fire. According the return of Colonial Dutch in Indonesia, the citizen created a very dramatic action. They chose to burning the city. Then moving to the southern of the hill. And they created an anthem, very patriotic with title 'Halo Halo Bandung'. It's a promise to the motherland in the future, against the Dutch colonialism.

Today, Bandung is a busy city. Even pace of this city is slower than Jakarta and Surabaya. Many students continuing their university graduates here --we can comparing this with Yogyakarta, 'City of Students'. The most I like to underlining Bandung is about her cool weather, the green of plantations, less polution than megapolitan Jakarta, old buildings, delicious food and snacks. That makes her becomes my favorite place for weekend. Sometimes I forget that Bandung is situated in Indonesia, because the buildings and its weather.

So, wilujeung sumping (Sundanese language for 'welcome') to Bumi Parahiyangan (another name for Bandung, taken from Sundanese).

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  • In a nutshell:the feeling is like ... 'moving jakarta' on weekend, since many jakartans spending their weekend here :)
  • Last visit to Bandung: Nov 2008
  • Intro Updated Apr 24, 2009
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  • hassan_abu's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Interesting Bandung history and tips. We will be arriving Bandung 13-Jun-2011. Maybe we can meet-up??

  • hunwagner's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2007 at 5:00 AM

    OK! :-)

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2007 at 4:01 AM

    wilejeung sumping, laci. nuhun pisan memindahkan urang punya bandung page di dieu. ini baru benar sekarang.

  • Aug 13, 2006 at 8:07 AM

    Hi! Nice page, get a lot of very useful tips in your page. Thanks Aileen

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2006 at 6:03 PM

    great tips!

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2006 at 7:53 PM

    Looks like a beautiful place, @rie! Is this place far from Yogya?

  • Goldenboy's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2005 at 8:47 AM

    Terpaku membaca namaku tersurat dalam baris kawanmu. Sendiri, haru. Semoga engkau tahu.

  • Norali's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2005 at 4:15 AM

    Thanks for visiting my Malagasy pages. I hope to have time to visit your other Indo ones but with this packing process... Greetings, Arie.

  • manja13's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2005 at 5:52 AM

    i like your pages about Bandung. And u know PeterPan....*envy envy!!!! Hope i will get to see Bandung one day... :)

  • Arual's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2005 at 7:27 AM

    Hey Miss, how have you been?! I love Peter Pan! ~ Mimpi Yang Sempurna!!!! thats sucha cute picuture Tarima kasi!

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