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In the 17th-18th century, the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) created small plantations in Bandung, with a road to Batavia (today's Jakarta) completed in 1786.

In 1809, Louis Napoleon, the ruler of the Netherlands and its colonies, ordered the Dutch Indies Governor H.W. Daendels to improve Java's defenses against the threat of the English. Daendels liked Bandung's strategic location so much that he ordered the capital to be moved there.

In 1880, the first major railroad between Jakarta to Bandung was opened, boosting light industry and bringing in Chinese workers. The first of Bandung's universities, the Technische Hogeschool (TH) was established on July 3, 1920. Now known as the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), TH's alumni include independence leader and first president Soekarno.

In 1942, after Japanese soldiers landed in coastal areas of Java, the Dutch retreated from Jakarta to Bandung, but were driven out from there as well and surrended soon after. After the end of the war, the Dutch returned with a vengeance and on March 24, 1946, during the struggle for Indonesian independence, the city of Bandung was burned down by its own residents (Bandung Lautan Api), with over 200,000 people leaving the city.

In 1955, the Asia Africa Conference (Konferensi Asia Afrika) was held in Bandung, paving the way for the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961 The Indonesian parliament was held in Bandung from 1955 to 1966, but was moved back to Jakarta in 1966.


Bandung is the capital of West Java in Indonesia, 180 kilometers southeast from Jakarta. Bandung is the third largest city in Indonesia and a centre of industry and traditional Sundanese arts – with plenty of cultural performances for tourists – though it suffers from traffic pollution and uninteresting modern developments. Called Parijs van Java (Paris of Java) by the Dutch, its high altitude location makes the weather pleasantly cool. Its European ambiance and sophistication, Bandung shares with Miami a fine legacy of Tropical Deco architecture dating from the 1920's.

The Dutch spotted the potential of this lush, cool plateau and its fertile volcanic slopes in the mid-seventeenth century, and set about cultivating coffee and rice here. Several relics from the city's colonial era remain, including some of the elegant shops along Jalan Braga, and some fine buildings on Jalan Asia-Afrika.

Bandung is Parijs Van Java, apparently attributed for the fact that Bandung offer all the comforts for a city for lovers: beautiful mountain side scenery, the cozy nightime atmosphere, as well as the shady trees that grace at the road sides.

dedicated for my Bandung 'Parijs van Java': bandungheritage.multiply.com


Bandung city itself is very exciting place. Crowded, but Bandung have many old art deco buildings, beautiful parks, and fine landscapes. It takes only 2 hours by car from Jakarta via Cipularang highway. Or you can also take a three-hours train ride with nice mountain scenery (the scenic train trip is recommended), Bandung, with its cool mountain air is a popular second stop for those visiting the national capital and an essential stay-over for travellers enroute through Java.

Bandung city is known for its many universities, textile industry and many roadside cafes. The food in Bandung is also well known for its wide variety. Thanks to all of this, Bandung is a very popular weekend escape for Jakartans, who crowd into the city on weekends and national holidays. Bandung is also renowned for its shopping, particularly for shoes, textiles, clothing and denims which are found in the colourful Jeans street.
Bandung's nickname is Kota Kembang, literally meaning the Flower City. However, this has nothing to do with horticulture: Bandung's "flowers" are its famously beautiful girls.

The people of Bandung, Sundanesse, possess an uncommon warmth along courtesy, friendliness and politeness. They have a strong sense of helping each other when in need. Moreover, the women of the Bandung region are known for their beauty. All of that makes you feel at home when you are in Bandung.
Beside those, Bandung still have many interesting place to see...

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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Great page!

  • ullfri49's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Dear Ms. yth, just read Your Bandung VT-page- it is nice to remember to the great town in Westjava. Best wishes for 2012 from Germany!

  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    Lovely Bandung, Paris of Java indeed ... great VT pages, super tips, thanks, salam manis RoyJava The Hague Holland

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    Aisa, I discovered your VT tips in the new tip list. They are excellent! How can someone with this many good tips only be ranked 4068? Thanks for sharing and all the good work on these tips. I especially liked the Cepot tip here, LOL.

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