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JAKARTA BANDUNG AND WEST JAVA

From app.100.000 km2 as the whole territory of the island Java,the very west part of this island is called West Java,which is covering a region of 30.000 kms , it means 1/3 of the whole island.West Java is also the name of a provence,and this provence has 3 main coast,in the west side is the famous Sunda strait , in the nirth side is JAVA Sea , and the the south side is The Indian Ocean.Both counttry sides and city areas are found in this very fertile area.The capital city of this provence is BANDUNG which is located in the high land and surrounded by a lot of Mountains.Millions years ago,the city was a great lake,and because of some vulcanology activities,the lake dried up,and coming up the beautiful valley which is nowadays called as Bandung.During the Dutch occupation,Bandung was actually more known as the capital city for the Dutch Colonial Government , meanwhile Jakarta or thr former BATAVIA was more used as the business,sea farer and trading purposes.The Dutch felt more comfortable to rule the whole archipelago,whish was also called the East India from this cooled tempurature,since this role,then bandung has been named as PARIJS VAN JAVA , which also means the paris of Java.Beside bandung , the other wellknown cities in this region is BOGOR , CIREBON and Tasikmalaya.

JAKARTA THE CAPITAL OF INDONESIA
To start knowing the national history in brief,the best suggestion is to have a short sight seeing in this city,the biggest one in the country which covers an area of 55 km2.This metropolitan was very wellknown called BATAVIA , the very beloved name given by the Dutch,before that the other Dutch name was ever used,which was JIEW HORN.Back to the history of 500 years ago,The Former Prince FATAHILLAH fought again The Portugese Soldiers,The Prince won and renamed the city from the former one SUNDA KELAPA into JAYAKARTA,taken from two words,the Jaya and Karta.Jaya means Victory and Karta is city , indeed the city of victory.
The glory of Javanese Traders can be found with a little explore to the sea port SUNDA KELAPA as the `dead end` of the old city batavia.
Nowadays,Jakarta is also a nice city for Shopping Paradise,and also used for two important function of the country,as both the capital of the government and the business.Some historical spots are very nice to visit,such as MONAS or the National Monument which is covered by 32,5 kg pure gold on top of its crown,the Monumental CATHEDRAL as well as the Museum gajah or national museum.Last but not least,for anyone wish to travel all over Indonesia in limited time,pay a visit at the taman Mini or the Indonesian Mini park as the representative of 33 provences , will be an unforgetable one.and to end the visit to this capital,the wonderful mini indonesian disney world which is called DUNIA FANTASI can complete your experience with your lovers.

UJUNG KULON NATIONAL PARK
The name means ' western tip" is barely part of Java is a subtle paradise of endless jungle trails and bright coral coves that tease the imagination with the promise adventure and wildlife . Ujung Kulon is the best known for its most exclusive inhabitant, the Javanese Rhino or what The Biologist call them with the name of RHINOCERUS JAVANICUS.Indoneisa in general lies between 2 continent species,from Asia and Australia,The Scientist believe the border between these two ( WALACEA Line ) is here,in this beautiful archipelago covering app.17.000 islands.

BOGOR BOTANICAL GARDEN
The beloved British Governour General STAMFORD RAFFLES , lost his beloved wife in the East India,the beautiful OLIVIA MARIA, then the monumental memorial park was built here , in this Botanical Park,which is also the big research garden of Agricultural Students from the best Institute in the country,IPB which stands for Institute Of Agriculture in Bogor.
Giant FlowerOne of the world's great botanical treasure troves. The Kebon Raya was officially established by the Dutch in 1817 under the directorship of C.G.C Reinwardt, and he and subsequent generation of botanists performed the Herculean feat of assembling over 15,000 species of tropical plants from around the world. Within the carefully laid-out 87 hectares are over 400 palm species, 5000 trees and orchid house with 3000 varieties.Near the entrance of gardens is a zoological museum with an immense collections (300,000 specimens) of land and sea creatures from throughout Indonesia. The museum also boats a fine library, the skeleton of a blue whale, and the last Rhino (stuffed) found on the Bandung Plateau.

BANDUNG
Lying 187 km southeast of Jakarta in the midst of the lovely Priangan highlands, Bandung enjoys a surprisingly mild climate, with temperatures averaging a pleasant 225 C. Party as a result, most residents reckon that this must be the most live able spot on the island, event if rain falls on an average of 144 days in the year (mostly between November and April).
The city situated on a high plateau at an altitude of 768 meters , surrounded on all sides by brooding volcanoes and lofty mountain ridges. Tangkuban Perahu Saung Ujo, music school Bandung "The Paris of Java'' is a cool and rather rainy city up in the Parahyangan hills, as well as being the provincial capital. It was here, too, that the non aligned movement was born, at the first Asia-Africa Conference in 1955. Bandung enjoyed something of a heyday in the 1930s, where it was the preffered spot for plantation onwers to spend their wealth. From this period date many of the charming "art-deco" building and pavement caf's which give Bandung so much of its atmosphere.
Within a short drive of Bandung are some wonderful but little known attraction such as Lembang hill resort up in the mountains, and the volcano at Tangkuban Prau, which-uniquely in Java- can be ascendded by car, thus making it accesible to all regardless of fitness.

KAMPUNG NAGA
Is one of the most beautiful and most traditional villages in West Java. The 400-odd residents of Kampung Naga maintain one of the few villages built according to old Sundanese custom. Each of the 102 houses, as well as the mosque, are built on stilts along east-west axis, using wood, bamboo and thatch. Terrace walls and walk-ways are fashioned from river rock, and the houses are laid out in the neat rows, as in the traditional village found in some remote outer island areas of Indonesia

 

KRAKATAU
The name comes from an old Sanskrit word, karkata, meaning "crab". It's lies in the middle of the Sunda strait, right on the unstable "elbow" where the range volcanic mountain forming Sumatra turns abruptly eastward to form Java.In the afternoon on August 26th,1883,Krakatau exploded with a series of roars heard from Rangoon, Burma to Pert, Australia. A pillar of ash and pumice towered 26 km into the sky. Rock and dust rained over the surrounding region, forming a blanked cloud which turned day into night for 150 km in every direction.

PANGANDARAN
Java's foremost beach resort- is a plug of jungle-covere volcanic rock just off the South coast of West Java, and is liked to mainland by narow isthmus featuring back to back beaches. The main part of Peninsula is a nature reserve with pleintiful trails for trekking, while between bungalows, restaurant, and souvenirs shop. Visit during the week and aviod public holiday to be sure of peace and quiet. The boat ride between Kalipucang ( just the coast) to Cilacap in Central Java is one of the most exciting journey to be experienced in the whole of Java.

 

 

 

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