The Story of Tangkuban Perahu Mountain in West Java Indonesia

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Bandung is the capital city of West Java province in Indonesia. Talking about Bandung can’t be liberated from the topic of its natural view and food. Bandung is a city that surrounded by mountain. One beautiful mountain that should be considered to visit is Tangkuban Perahu.

Tangkuban Perahu mountain is a unique name that were took from its ancient history. Tangkuban is the word of sundanese that has the same meaning as flipped over and Perahu is the word for ship in English. In the whole term, Tangkuban Perahu mountain mean as a mountain that has a shape like a shipflipped over . This shape of mountain can be seen from far away.

The location of Tangkuban Perahu is in Lembang, north side of Bandung. The road to Tangkuban Perahu is surrounding with fresh air. As you can guess that you are travelling  from a city to a higher land of mountain. You should use your jacket in the journey, especially when you arrive  on the peak of the mountain. A long the way  you’ll see the tea plantation at the both side of the road. Your mood will relieve by seeing the green color of the tea plantations that are spread out on the land like a giant carpets.

When you arrive at the gate of Tangkuban Perahu, you have to buy ticket equal to $1.2. The way to the peak of the mountain have two road. The first is the primary way, but right now is rarely across, the ticket employee will suggest you to take the new road that have been aspalth.

There’re three caldron in Tangkuban Perahu. Near the gate is Domas caldron. You can see this caldron from near distance. You can even boil eggs in the caldron. I guess this boiling kind in the nature will give you a plus experience with your usual cooking activities. J

The second  is Ratu Caldron. Actually the main caldron that people seek in Tangkuban Perahu is this caldron.  Ratu is more far away from the gate than Domas, But this main caldron is the widest among the three. This caldron is 100-200m below the peak of Tangkuban Perahu.  This caldron is different from Domas, you cannot reach this caldron nearer, you can  only see it from the peak. Take a look at the deep of the caldron, the wall of the caldron and the smoke that still expel from this caldron is creating a sensational view you cannot miss. Wood fence are surrounding this cauldron to avoid people from falling down. The land around the caldron is white with yellow sulfur rocks. You have to be in higher place to see this caldron globally.

On the peak there’s a lot of people selling accessories. There are hat, sweater, cloth, wood sculpture, etc. Food and beverages also sell here. You can buy and taste the special beverage from Bandung, that is Bandrek. Bandrek is made from ginger. If we’re drink bandrek, it will give you warm in your body. One thing, don’t forget to use your jacket or sweater on the peak, it’s cold up here!

The third Caldron is Upas. The journey to this caldron is more hard to reach, granulated road with rocks made a special adventure on your journey. You have to give more effort to reach this caldron but it’s worthy with the view that you will see. The view of the Upas is more sensational. The mountain will be crowded by people from Indonesia specially from West Java and Jakarta in Saturday and Sunday. There’re also foreigners outside Indonesia that come to this mountain.


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