Bandung Tour: 5 Must-Visit Destinations in West Java

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West Java is one of major provinces in Indonesia. Not only known for its cool weather, the province, with its capital city Bandung, has many attractive natural and cultural objects to visit. Here are five tourism objects you should visit while you are in Bandung and its surrounding.

1. Tangkuban Perahu Volcano
Tangkuban Perahu, a dormant volcano lies 25 km north of Bandung, is one of the most popular tourism objects in West Java. You can hike or ride to the edge of the volcano's craters to find hot water springs where you can boil eggs there. There are three craters the volcano has: Kawah Ratu (Queen Crater), Kawah Domas (Domas Crater), and Kawas Upas (Upas Crater). Tangkuban Perahu volcano is closely related to Sundanese folktale, Sangkuriang.

2. Angklung Performance
Angklung is one of traditional musical instruments of Indonesia. The instrument is made of multiple groups of carved bamboo tubes attached to a framework of bamboo. In West Java, one of the most popular angklung studios is Saung Angklung Udjo which is located at the suburb of Bandung. The studio is belonged to renowned angklung musician Udjo Nalagena. Besides exhibiting daily angklung performance, Saung Angklung Udjo also provides a workshop, handicraft center, and living museum for you to learn more about
angklungs.

3. Museum Geologi Bandung
This museum is the largest and most complete geological center in Indonesia. The museum which is located on Jalan Diponegoro was first opened in 1929 by the Dutch colonial. With three major rooms (the geology of Indonesia, the history of life, and the geology of human life), there are about 60,000 fossils and 250,000 stones and minerals on display. Since 2006, the museum is opened free for visitors.

4. Ciater Hot Springs
Bathing in hot springs is known to help curing and relieving some ailments and illness such as rheumatic pains and skin problems. You can enjoy hot baths at the Ciater Hot Spring privately at lockable cubicles or communally at the public pools. The five hectare complex of Ciater Hot Springs also offers other attractions such as horseback riding, archery, and spa. For longer visit, you can stay at one of the available bungalows.

5. Gedung Sate
Literary means 'satay building' and was established in 1920 as Gouverments Bedrijven (GB), Gedung Sate was once used as the head office of West Java provincial government as well as West java's house of representative. The building is a landmark of Bandung which has distinguished small satay-shaped structure on its roof. Similar with Museum Geologi Bandung, Gedung Sate is also located on Jalan Diponegoro.

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