Tangkuban Parahu, Bandung, Indonesia

Have you ever heard on legends stories such as mahsuri, pulau dayang bunting, tasik chini and others in Malaysia… Tangkuban perahu is a legendary story in Indonesia… This is the story… (taken from Wikipedia)

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.

So during my company retreat to Bandung … this is one of the places that i visited…

If you are in a tour bus.. you need to take this transportation to go up..

Its very windy and you need to wear thick clothing..

Some attempt on cam-whoring….

I got fed-up… so i let my friends take pictures of me…

and this the famous volcano.. it smells like ammonia but the view is marvelous….

You can also shop here.. but you need to have good bargaining power… at least asked for 75% discount…. than you get a good price…

One of the shops selling swords… i mean good quality sword and keris…

So i spend around 30 to 45 minutes here… there are other activities such as horse riding but you need to be careful because when you step out of the bus… you will be swarm by salesman selling souvenirs and they will follow you everywhere you go… please ignore them because when start buying one.. more salesman will follow you.. just ignore them politely…

As a conclusion i think Indonesia government should develop this place to be more attractive for the tourist such as proper souvenir shops and proper picture taking location… a must visit place in Bandung and if you are lucky enough you can feel small earthquakes around that area… YES IT IS AN ACTIVE VOLCANO i heard….

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