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West Java province

West Java (Jawa Barat or Jabar) with a population of around 41.48 million (2007), is the most populous province of Indonesia, located on Java Island. It is slightly larger in area than densely populated Taiwan, but nearly double the population. Its capital city is Bandung.

Bekasi (Kota Bekasi) is a growing suburb in West Java, Indonesia, located on the eastern border of DKI Jakarta in the Jabotabek metropolitan region. To the south is Bogor Regency, east is Bekasi Regency. It has an area of 210.49 km2 and 2,084,831 people in 2007, with a density of 9,178 people/km2. Substantial urban areas surround the city. It serves as a commuter city for Jakarta (...)

The Bogor Regency borders to Jakarta in the north, to Bekasi and Tangerang Regencies, to the Sukabumi and Cianjur Regencies in the south, to the Municipality of Karawang in the east and to the east and the Lebak regency in the west. The Bogor Regency covers an area of 332,635 hectares, which are used for settlements, agriculture, and forestry. The inhabitants of Bogor work in agricultu (...)

Cilacap is a regency in the southwestern part of Central Java province in Indonesia. Its capital is Cilacap. Cilacap is also a sea port on the southern coast of the island of Java. The port is one of only a few that exist on the southern coast that can service shipping of reasonable tonnage. The nearest safe anchorage east is Pacitan. The city's harbor is protected by Nusa Kambangan, an (...)

In Cipanas are hot, sulfurous sources which should help against rheumatics and skin deceases. Several hotels get their water from there. The garden of the elegant presidential palace, Istana Cipanas as it's own hot water source. The palace, that was built in a colonial style in 1750, is little visited by the president. It is maintained however. Who wants to visit it has to have a (...)

Cirebon, the first big harbor east of Jakarta, is a modest trade city with about 225,000 inhabitants. Its name is often said to be derived from the Sundanese words of "Cai" (or river) and "Rebon" (or "shrimp"). The alternative Javanese derivation is from "Caruban", meaning "mixture", a reference to Cirebon's complex mix of Javanese, Malay, Sundanese, Chinese and Arabic cultural elements. (...)

Ten kilometers from Bogor you can find Cisarua on the slopes of Gunung Gede and Gunung Pangrango. From this village you can make very nice trips on foot. Past Cisarua the road lingers through the remote tea-plantations Gunung Mas, which are runned by the state-owned company PT Perkebunan XII. This 100 hectare plantation was set up in 1910. Nowadays it produces about 2,500 tons of tea. In 1987 they (...)

The Garut Regency lies sixty-three kilometers to the southeast of Bandung, 717 meters above sea level. The area of Garut, 3,105,99 square kilometers large in size, lies between the Sumedang Regency in the north, the regency of Bandung and Cianjur in the west, the Indonesian Sea in the South the Tasikmalaya Regency in the east. This cool place can be reached from Bandung in approximately one hour. (...)

The new Cipularang expressway linking Jakarta to Bandung has opened up a whole new universe of weekend getaways to the south and east of Bandung that were previously beyond the reach of all but the most determined of weekend vacationers. One of my favorite destinations to the southeast of Bandung is Garut, a hidden gem of a destination replete with volcanoes, hot springs, pine forests, lush countr (...)

The town of Indramayu is located in the northern coastal area of West Java, east from the capital Jakarta, north east from the city of Bandung and north west of the city of Cirebon. The town of Indramayu is situated at sea level, which means that it is risky if there is high tide in stormy conditions. The town is only protected by some dunes and barrages at the seaside. The climate is q (...)

Traveling from Garut to Tasikmalaya via the beautiful southern route, you will pas Salawu after 30km. Stop at the parking lot left of the road. A long concrete stairs leads to the picturesque village of Kampung Naga. Halfway the stairs you will see over a hundred houses close to each other, as if nothing is allowed in between. The roofs are covered with ijuk The wooden hou (...)

Karawang is the capital of the Karawang regency of West Java, Indonesia. It is located 70km east of Jakarta, by motorway. While Karawang's main industry is agriculture and aquaculture, industrial industrialisation has been pronounced especially since Karawang International Industry City (KIIC), and Kawasan Surya Cipta were built. The growth in industry includes sectors of automobiles, p (...)

The small, but fast growing city of Bogor (300,000 inhabitants) is located 60 km south of Indonesia's capital Jakarta, at the base of the Gunung Salak vulcano. Bogor is located at an altitude of 260 meters, which causes it to be remarkably cooler than the coastal area's. It's a good place to escape the heat and chaos of Jakarta. That's the same as what the Ducht governor-general Van Imhoff t (...)

In the area of Tanah Baru near the city of Depok in West Java is the 'rumah keramik F. Widayanto', which is more than just a house. It also is a shop and a small factory where ceramics are made. In the middle of all this is a beautiful joglo which is in use as a small restaurant. When you enter the area you will notice colorful ceramics on the green grass. The shop itself (...)

Kuningan is a city and regency in eastern West Java, Indonesia, between Cirebon and Tasikmalaya, about 200 km east of Jakarta. The area is near Mount Cereme/Ciremai (3.078 m), the highest mountain in West Java. The mountain is located in the western part of the region. The eastern part is a valley. The city's landmark is a horse, called Kuda Kuningan and its motto is Kuningan Aman Sehat Rindang In (...)

The Palabuhanratu area, a favorite weekend surfing destination for expatriates and a growing number of Indonesian surfers based in Jakarta, is the most crowded of West Java's surfing grounds due to sheer ease of accessibility. Most of the surf pounded beaches in the Palabuhanratu resort area-also called Samudra Beach are just that: pure beach pound, featuring vicious riptides and big walls of wate (...)

Puncak is the popular name for the area surrounding the peak of Mt.Gede-Pangrango, located in the Bogor-Cianjur-Sukabumi regencies, in the province of West Java, Indonesia. The name literally means peak in Indonesian. This area is a popular holiday area for the residents of Jakarta, the capital city, and its satellite cities. It has fresh air and mountain scenery. The area is about two (...)

Geographically, the regency of Purwakarta is located between 107 40' eastern longitude and 6 25' and 6 45' southern latitude. Topographically, the Purwakarta Regency consists of high and mountainous, hilly and low land areas. Valleys and limestone mountains that rise up in the region of Purwakarta are a part the most the lovely scenery we can see on the train journey from Jakarta to Bandung. (...)

If you do decide to take a trip down Garut way, then don't miss out on a stay at Kampung Sampireun - for my money simply one of the best resorts in Indonesia. In reality, the term "resort", conjuring up as it does images of Bali-surf-and-sand vacations with no end of partying and hangovers, isn't really all that appropriate for this fine, sophisticated and luxurious establishment. Kampu (...)

You can book any room you want at the Samudra Beach Hotel at Pelabuhan Ratu near Sukabumi, about 160 kilometers from Jakarta, but don't ask for room no. 308. For sure, the management won't let you stay in the room, located in the center of the third floor even though you might have a wad of cash or several platinum credit cards. The room is strictly reserved for a very special guest... a queen. Th (...)

Sukabumi is a city surrounded by the regency of the same name in the highlands of West Java, Indonesia, about 80 km south of the national capital, Jakarta. At an altitude of approximately 600 meters, the city is a minor hill station resort, with a cooler climate than the surrounding lowlands. Sukabumi is also a destination for whitewater rafting. Rubber production is a major industry in the area. (...)

The regency of Subang covers an area of 205,176.95 hectares (2,051.77 square kilometers). It covers approximately 4,64 percent of the area of Java, located between Tangkuban Perahu and Burangrang Mountain in the south and the north coast. The farthest distance between the north and the south of this regency is sixty-five kilometers, while between the west and east it is forty-one kilometers. (...)

On the road from Sukabumi to Bangung you pass the village of Sukaraja. Here, gemstones are processed into jewelry. The big processed stones are used as tables or furniture in the garden. (...)

The Sumedang regency lies forty-five kilometers to the east of Bandung. It is connected to Bandung by road and can reached by car in hour through beautiful plantation areas and the scenic Cadas Pangeran Hill. This road is a part of the main road connecting Jawa Barat ('West Java') with Jawa Tengah ('Central Java') and Jawa Timur ('East Java'). Intercity buses and taxis (...)

Tasikmalaya is a city and regency in southeastern West Java, Indonesia, between Bandung and Purwokerto on the southerly of the two major road routes across Java. The area is located in the mountainous Preanger region of Java at an elevation of 351 metres. The population of the entire regency (the city and rural area around it) is about 1.58 million. Like most of West Java, it is mostly (...)

Take the road to Warungkondang in Cianjur. After a short trip of two kilometers through a splendid landscapes with sawah ('rice paddies') you arrive in a village in which many people work at home. The men make lights from glass and copper. You wouldn't expect it from this little place, but most exports go to Japan. (...)

About the art traditions of Cirebon and surrounding area's there is not much known. It is clear that it was one of the most active area's for what about art, dance and music. Just like on Bali the disappearance of the royal leadership, didn't bother the production of arts. It even looks like that the inhabitants discovered new ways for their activities. There are clues that the villages North and (...)

However the roots of Cirebon grow deep into the Indojawanese history, it's the arrival of the Islam which gave the city it's powerful position. Cirebon was most likely the first Islamic city kingdom of Java. Local cronics name Cakrabuana, Prince of Galuh-Pajajaran, which became harbor master of Cirebon. After that he reformed towards Islam, and didn't want to be tributary anymore and de (...)

The most famous place of interest of Cirebon is about five kilometres north of the city, at the shore. It's the Astana Gunung Jati, the grave of Gunung Jati. The name origins from the small, 25 metre high hill, overgrown with djati trees - the 'Djati Mountain', is the translation. This place seems an original village of the Hinduist harbour of Caruban, in which Syeh Datuk Kahfi, (...)

Cagar Alam Pangandaran is a small nature reserve - or something that should resemble it - near the coastal resort town of Pangandaran in West Java province which was made into a tourist destination. Because of this you can park your motorcycle and other transport directly in front of the main entrance, but from there people should use their legs if they want to see something. In (...)

However Cirebon is the oldest still remaining Islamic royal city of Java, it still owns the best preserved examples of the early Indo-Javanese palace architecture. The pavilions in the gardens ( Siti Inggil of the kraton Kasepuhan and Kanoman in Cirebon show a building style which is typical fot the 13th and 14th century East-Javanese palaces, which can be found on the reliefs on Si (...)

At the western side of the old alun-alun is Mesjid Agung (Big Mosque). The layered, high meru-roof looks like the roof of an Hindu temple from the pre-Islamic time. The wall of red bricks which seals the terrain with nine gates, is a symbol of the wali songo, the nine holy Muslems. Following the kraton tradition the mosque was completed in 1500; which woul (...)

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