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Bandung is the capital of West Java province in Indonesia, and the country's fourth largest city. Located 768 meters above sea level, Bandung has relatively year-around cooler temperature than most other Indonesian cities. The city lies on a river basin and surrounded by volcanic mountains. This topology provides the city with a good natural defense system, which was the primary reason of Dutch East Indies government's plan to move the colony capital from Batavia to Bandung.

Regency of Bandung
The mountains and hills of Bandung

The Regency of Bandung is a regency in the province of West Java, Indonesia. The capital is Soreang. This regency borders to the regencies of Purwakarta, Subang and Sumedang in the north, Garut in the east and south and Cianrjur in the west and south. Since the year 2007, this regency has been formally split into two parts; the Regency of Bandung and the Regency of Wst Bandung, with as capital Ngamprah. The regent of West Bandung is Drs. Tjatja Kuswara.


A big part of the Bandung area is hilly. Among the highest peaks are Gunung Bukittunggul (2.200 meters), Gunung Tangkubanperahu (2.076 meters) in the northern area. In the southern part there are Gunung Patuha (2.334 meters), Gunung Malabar (2.321 meters). Gunung Papandayan (2.262 meters) and Gunung Guntur (2.249 meters) are located on in the border area with the regency of Garut.

Last revised on September 25, 2009
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