The capital of Sundanese culture or a bustling indutrial metropolis. Certainly the city’s ambiance has suffered immensely with the influx of industry and the dramatic increase in population, from just 150,000 before World War II to over 1,5 million today. On the other hand, some of the city’s colonial charm is still in evidence, and the arts are not doing too badly either.
Airasia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air and Garuda oparte frequent flights to Bandung From Jakarta, but it’s so close and the mountain scenery is so spectacular that it seems a pity of fly. Most Indonesians take the bus or train. The Parahiangan Express takes just over 3 hours from Jakarta to Bandung and costs about US$12 first class, US$8,50 second class. There are four trains daily, leaving from Jakarta’s Gambir Station at 5.30 a.m. 10.15 a.m. 3.15.p.m. and 6.46. p.m. with a siliar return schedule.
The next quitkest way is by shared inter – city taxi “4848 or Blue Bird” and its equivalents – (See Jakarta), for listings. A ride of 4 hours (generally in a huge Holden with six other people) costing about the same as the train (but delivering you to your doorstep). The Express bus is a bit slower, because of the stops but cheaper, about US$9.50 for an air conditioned express, even less for a local. Bandung bound buses leave from Jakarta’s Cililitan Terminal at the south of the city.
For all sorts of information about Bandung, and a mimeographed map, visit the Tourist Information Kiosk on Jl. Asia Afrika at the north – eastern corner of the town square (alun – alun), staffed by helpful young studentss. They will be glad to arrange a personal guided tour of Bandung and transportation to fit your budget. Ask for Soenardie Yogantara or call 71724.
Any of the travel agents in Bandung listed at the end of this section will also be happy to arrange a guided tour of the city with a car and an English speaking guide for a reasonable price.
There are no cruising metered cabs in Bandung as yet. You have to rent a car from your hotel or from one of the companies listed below, by the trip, by the hour or by the day, generally US$35 to US$70 per hour in the city, with a 2 hour minimum. For excursions outside of the city, a minibus will be cheaper and roomier, about US$90 per day including gas and driver, a bit more or less depending on the destination. Ask at your hotel or the Tourist Information Kiosk how to travel around the city by bus.
The only International class hotel in Bandung is the Panghegar US$45 on up for a double, plus 21 percent tax and service. The Savoy Homann US$35 plus 21 percent is of a similiar standard and very charming.
Many of Bandung’s hotel fall into the intermediate category. Several small guest houses are in old Dutch mansions, including the Soeti and Kwik’s (both abput US$20 for a double).
For a bit more money. Cisitu’s newer Sangkuriang Guest House (US$30 a night plus 21 percent tax and service) is very pleasant – located in a residential neighbourhood just above the ITB University campus. Teh Hotel Istana is clean and reasonably priced at US$25 a night for a double (plus 21 percent), with an excellent restaurant. Teh Hotel Trio has spotlessly clean rooms, excellent service, a sumptuous breakfast, free transportation to and from the airport or train station, and free coffee and tea all for US$30 but is usuallu fully booked.
There are few good losmen for the budget traveller. The cheap hotels around the train station are rather dingy. The Wisma Gelanggang youth hotels is not too bas at US$3.50 a noght for a dorm bed. For about US$12 you can get a decent room at the Hotel Lugina.
First Class (above US$35 a night)
Kumala Panghegar (65 rooms), Jl. Asia Afrika 140, Po. Box 507, bandung.
New Naripan (20 rooms), Jl. Naripan 31 – 33, Bandung.
Panghegar Hotel (123 rooms), Jl. Merdeka 2, Po. Box 506, Bandung.
Patra Jasa Motel (33 rooms), Jl. Ir. H. Juanda 132, Bandung.
Savoy Homann (100 rooms), Jl. Asia Afrika 112, Po. Box 9, bandung.
Intermediate (US$15 to 30 a night)
Arjuna Plaza Hotel (30 rooms), Jl, Ciumbuleuit 128, Po. Box 171, Bandung.
Braga Hotel (68 rooms), Jl. Braga 8, Bandung.
Bumi Asih (27 rooms), Jl. Cimalaya, Bandung.
Cisitu’s International Sangkuriang Guest House (44 rooms), Jl. Cisitu / Jl. Sangkuriang 45 B, Bandung
Grand Hotel Preanger (63 rooms), Jl. Asia Afrika 81, Po. Box 124, Bandung.
Istana Hotel (34 rooms), Jl. Lembang 22 – 24, Bandung.
Kwik’s Guest House (3 rooms, 2 suites wih kickhen), Jl. Dipati Ukur 42, Bandung.
Lugina Hotel, Jl. Jend Sudirman 526, Bandung.
Pankunegara Hotel (36 rooms), Jl. Merdeka 56, Bandung.
Soeti Guest House (15 rooms), Jl. Sumatera 52 – 54, Bandung.
Trio (89 rooms), Jl. Gurdujati 55 – 61, Bandung.
Budget (under US$15 a night)
Brawijaya, Jl. Pungkur 28, Bandung
Dago, Jl. Ir. H. Juanda 21, Bandung.
Gania Plaza, Jl. Bungsu 30, Bandung.
International, Jl. Veteran 32, Bandung.
Melati Baru, Jl. Kebonjati 24, bandung.
Sahara, Jl. Otto Iskandarinata 3, bandung.
Wisma Geloanggang Generasi Muda (100 beds) , Jl. Merdeka 64, Bandung.
Tizi’s (Jl. Hegarmanah 14), high up near ITB just of Jl. Ir. H. Juanda is managed by the wife of a former Indonesian ambassador to Germany and has an open air garden area, with German specialities and excellent breads and pastries. The Sukarasa (Jl. Tamblong 52, Tel: 56968) is amore formal and expensive establishment with a Frenchstyle menu. Many Westerners also patronise The Coffee Shop opposite the Kumala Panghegar Hotel on Jl. Asia Afrika.
The Braga Permai, in the middle of Jl. Braga (no. 58, Tel: 50519) is a popular sidewalk cafe serving ice cream, pastries, yoghurt, sandwhiches and rice dishes. And no visit to Bandung is complete without a visit to the Dago Teahouse – turn left at the top of Jl. Ir. H. Juanda and follow a narrow winding road through the Christian university campus to the teahouse parking lot ath the very end, for a lovely vista of the city.
Another of Bandung’s treats is Babakan Siliwangi, an open air Sundanese restaurant set amid acres of green rice paddies and large fish ponds, below the ITB campus (Jl. Siliwangi 7). They serve all traditional Sundanese delicacies: grilled carp (ikan mas bakar); barbequed chicken in sweet soya (ayam panggang): fish with coconut and spices wrapped in banana leaves (ikan mas pepes) and sour vegetable soup (sayur asem). Other good Sundanese restaurants are Bale Kambang, Jl. Bungur 2 and Ponyo on Jl. Malabar.
The best known Chinese restaurants are the Queen (Jl. Dalem Kaum 53 A, near the alun – alun), the Tjoan Kie (Jl. Jend. Sudirman 46), and the Tri Restaurant (Jl. Gardujati 55 -61, in the Hotel Trio).
Bandung is a good place to buy baskets and mats (woven in nearby Tasikmalaya, an hour to the east past Garut on the Yogya highway), bamboo angklung instruments, wayang golek puppets (old and new, though most old looking puppets are “antiqued” by hanging them over the kitchen stove) and cassette tapes. High quality ceramics (including many imitations of Chinese antiques) are produced in the nearby village of Plered (to the north, past Lembang) and sold in Bandung. You can have good leather shoes made in many shoe stores – they will copy your favourite pair for a fraction of what you would pay at home. And the city also has may talented young artists. The biggest souvenir shops are located on Jl. Braga, there are also many bookstores here.
For wayang golek puppets, try E. Sukatma Muda. For a set of angklung instruments, go out to Pak Udjo’s Saung Angklung on the eatern edge of town. They make the instruments here and they have frequent afternoon performances.
If you are interested in ceramics, visit the Balai Penelitian Keramik (Ceramic Research Office), Jl. A. Yani 390, in the mornings, where you can observe the whole process and also buy the finished product. There is a Textile Institute in the same complex.
Garuda Indonesian Airways, Jl. Asia Afrika 73 – 75, Tel: 56986, 52497.
Airasia, Hotel Grand Serella, Jl. L.L.R.E. Martadinata (Riau) no.56, Citarum, Bandung Wetan, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40271, Tel : 022 – 4266888.
Lion Air, Jl. Pajajaran No.157, Husen Sastranegara, Cicendo, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40174, Tel: (022) 6013748.
Sriwijaya Air Group, Ruko Imperial Gatsoe Kavling 6, Jalan Jendral Gatot Subroto No.230, Binong, Batununggal, Binong, Batununggal, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40275, Tel: (022) 7313999.
Sundanese Performing Art
Culturally, the Sundanese are known for their folk literature (especially their sung poetry) and their music, for their wayang golek puppet plays and their popular dances.
Wayang golek (golek means “round”) are three dimensional puppets carved from wood, painted and adorned with traditional clothing. There is a wayang golek performances in Bandung each Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m. and often lasting till 4 a.m. at Yayasan Pusat Kebudayaan (the city’s Cultural Centre), Jl. Naripan 7 – 9 (just a few doors down from Jl. Braga).
The Cultural Centre also holds jaipongan dance evenings regularly, in which slim dances hostesses (seated along one side of the hall and dressed like brides in the traditional Sundanese sarung kebaya) invite the male patrons (seated along the other corner who keeps track of who the man has danced with. Jaipongan is also held nightly at the Sanggar Tari Purwa Setra, Jl. Otto Iskandardinata 541 A.
Angklung (hand held bamboo chime) performances are held regularly in the afternoons (beginning at 3.30 p.m.) at Pak Udjo’s Saung Angklung (Jl. Padasuka 118, Tel: 71714). This is both an angklung school and a wrokshop, and wayang golek and dances performances are also put on by request (call them to find out the schedule of events). Instrument sets may be purchased here.
The Bandung Highlands
The Tangkuban Prahu volcano, the Ciater hot springs, Lembang and the waterfall at Maribaya are all less than an hour to the north of Bandung and easily reached by renting a car or colt for a day. If you have the time, you might even want to stay at one of the hotels in these hills. The colonial pavilion style Grand Hotel in Lembang, for instance Jl. Raya 228, Lembang, Tel: 82393, offers spacious double rooms (a bit old and musty now) for only US$12 to US$20, including breakfast and use of the tennis courts and pool (both cracked). And the luxurious Panorama Panghegar, located between Lembang and Tangkuban Prahu offers horse riding, tennis courts and a large swimming pool in a delightfully scenic location (60 rooms, make reservations through Hotel Panghegar, Bandung).
The highlands to the south of Bandung are even more spectacular, and anyone really seriously interested in exploring them should get a copy of Bandung and Beyond by Richard and Shila Bennet, available for US$7 from bandung Man Jl. Cihampelas 120. This little booklest has very detialed instructions on how to get to a wide variety of mountain destinations, and descriptions of what you can see there.
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