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October 12, 2016

BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia

October 12, 2016

BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia





by Sheila Renei Gómez

Dusun Bambu

BANDUNG, the capital of West Java, makes up one of the largest cities of Indonesia. Highly accessible by train from Jakarta, this weekend destination is heralded for its cultural hubs and factory outlets.

Bandoeng was previously a Dutch Colony. Its cool climate is attributed to its location on a river basin within a group of volcanic mountains. Due to its good weather and fertile soil, the Dutch established small communities and plantations in the area. The communities grew into municipalities and Bandung easily became the Parjis van Java (Paris of Java) with its luxurious hotels, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.

By 1945, Indonesia earned its independence and the city underwent rapid growth. Scenic landscapes turned into hectic cityscapes, and quaint houses grew into high-rise buildings. Yet, Bandung is one of the most loved cities by locals and creatives.

Here’s how to make the best of your Bandung Weekend….

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!





GETTING TO BANDUNG

Mercure Sabang & Train to Bandung

From Jakarta, go to Gambir Station and buy a ticket for the Argo Parahyangan train. These trains go from Jakarta to Bandung and vice versa. The ride takes around 3.5-4 hours (oneway).

RATES
IDR 120,000 (oneway) 

DEPART SCHEDULE
From Gambir Station to Bandung
5:45am
8:20am
10:50am
3:35pm
6:05pm
7:40pm

From Bandung to Gambir
5:00am
7:15am
12:00pm
2:30pm
4:00pm
7:45pm

When you arrive at Bandung, regular taxi, Uber, and Grab rides are available to take you where you need to go.

 

NUART SCULPTURE PARK 

Nuarte Gallery

NuArt Sculpture Park is home to the bronze and copper masterpieces of Nyoman Nuarta, whose works stem from socio-economic issues.

Admission is no longer free. The park charges IDR 25,000 for students and IDR 50,000 for non-students. IDR 50,000 is approximately only 3 US Dollars.

 

Nuarte Gallery

The spacious park seamlessly assimilates art and nature in a way that calms the senses.

 

Nuarte Gallery

One of the goals of the Art Park is to create an introspective place for artists, designers, and art-enthusiasts. Going here is a great way to get your creative juices flowing!

  

Nuart Sculpture Park

Combined with the relatively cool climate of Bandung, a walk around the area is a real treat for everyone.

  

Nuarte Gallery

Near the main exhibition center is a stage for live performances. During our visit, we encountered a duo playing mesmerizing folk tunes.

 

Nuarte Gallery

At the exhibit center are multiple floors with space for contemporary works by local artists and a café. I loved the fact that the art space gives great exposure to young, up-and-coming artists.

 

Nuarte Gallery

At the topmost floor you can have a digital tour of NuArt’s history and cultural significance.

 

Nuarte Gallery

If you’re lucky, you’ll even get a Q&A with the artist himself after the digital tour!

  

Nuarte Gallery

We went to the lower floors of the gallery, where Mr. Nuarta personally explained some of his best pieces. I can’t emphasize how star struck I felt while casually talking to him about art.

Mr. Nuarta is one of the most intelligent and passionate people I’ve encountered on the trip.

  

Nuarte Gallery

The Garuda (national emblem) is a constant motif around the gallery. Borrowed from Buddhist and Hindu mythology, this legendary bird takes the form of a mighty Eagle in Indonesian culture.

The Garuda’s number of feathers are symbolic of the 17th of August, 1945—Indonesia’s day of independence. Both wings have 17 feathers, 8 on lower tail 19 on the upper tail, and 45 around the neck.

 

Nuart Sculpture Park

Nuarta’s “Nightmare”, which depicts the sexual violence towards women in the socio-economic unrest of the 90s, is the most poignant piece for me. How the artist injects raw emotion into the contortions of something as hard as metal is impressive.

  

Nuart Sculpture Park

Behind the building we got a short tour of Nuarta’s private workshop and a sneak peak of his works in progress.

  

Nuart Sculpture Park

Some of the ongoing projects are larger than life!

 

Nuart Sculpture Park

It’s simply amazing to see how Nuarta and his apprentices have transformed sheets of metal into incredible works of art.

 

Nuart Sculpture Park

NuArt Sculpture Park has easily become one of my favorite places in Bandung for its creative vibe that not only inspires, but makes us reflect. Even if admission fees have been implemented this October, this shouldn’t stop you from going!

NUART SCULPTURE PARK
Setra Duta Kencana II No. 11, Bandung 40151, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 22 2017812
Operation Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday - Saturday 8am-10pm
Sunday 8am-5pm
Email: sculpturepark@nuarta.com | studionn@yahoo.com
Instagram: @NuArtPark
Facebook: @NuArtPark
Website: www.nuarta.com

 

 

SAUNG ANGKLUNG UDJO (The Angklung House of Udjo) 

Saung Angklung Udjo

The Angklung House of Udjo helps keep Sundanese traditions alive by reviving the greatness of the humble Angklung. The Sundanese are a mostly Muslim ethnic group native to West Java.

 

Saung Angklung Udjo

The Angklung is a traditional Sundanese instrument carved from bamboo, that when shook, resonates a particular note. Each set is strategically tuned into octaves to represent one pitch; thus, multiple Angklungs are needed to play a song.

 

Saung Angklung Udjo

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these instruments—one orchestra of Angklung players can recite almost any tune! Because it takes extreme coordination and teamwork to for an orchestra to play in harmony, the Angklung is believe to promote solidarity and mutual respect.

 

Saung Angklung Udjo

This beloved Angklung House was started by Udjo Ngalagena, who as a child, displayed vast interest in the arts. In his adulthood, Udjo taught Sundanese music and culture all over Bandung. To pursue his passion for music further, he later established Saung Angklung Udjo with his wife, Uum Sumiati.

 

Saung Angklung Udjo

Mr. Udjo’s son and grandson entertain the audience with humorous anecdotes.

The couple were blessed with 10 children who would later inherit their parents’ love for music. In 2001, Udjo passed away. However, his legacy lives on through the Angklung House that is now managed by his sons and daughters.

 

Saung Angklung Udjo

Aside from musical acts, there are also puppet shows, Ethnic dances, and singing. Morning programs are slightly different from the ones in the afternoon. This gives you more than enough reason to go twice! 

 

Saung Angklung Udjo

It was inspiring to see how Udjo’s love for his Sundanese heritage was passed down many generations later. All of the kids’ performances were so full of heart.

 

Saung Angklung Udjo

Look forward to the part where you learn how to play the Angklung—you won’t want to stop! I didn’t think shaking a piece of bamboo would be so fun!

 

Saung Angklung Udjo

If you don’t feel like you’ve had enough of the Angklung, then you’ll want to head to the souvenir shop to buy yourself a set.

 

Saung Angklung Udjo

Even replica items from the show are made available for purchase.

 

Saung Angklung Udjo

My experience at the Angklung House was pleasantly surprising. I thought it would be just another traditional variety show, but it ended up being more engaging than expected. Sung Angklung Udjo is a must-see for anyone traveling to Bandung.

RATES
Local:
IDR 70,000 (weekend)
IDR 60,000 (weekday) 

Foreigner:
IDR 110,000 (weekend)
IDR 100,000 (weekday)

SAUNG ANGKLUNG UDJO
Jl. Padasuka 118, Bandung, 40192 West Java, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 22 727 1714 | +62 22 710 1736
Operation Hours:
Sunday - Saturday 8am-5pm
Afternoon program starts at 3:30pm daily.
Email: info@angklung-udjo.co.id
Instagram: @AngklungUdjo
Facebook: @SaungAngklungUdjo
Website: www.angklung-udjo.co.id

 

 

ARMOR KOPI

Armor Kopi

Armor Kopi is one of hippest places to get artisanal coffee around Bandung. It is a favorite among locals for its laid-back vibe and location.

 

Armor Kopi

Situated by in the tranquil forest at Taman Hutan Raya Juanda, you can enjoy a hot or cold brew surrounded by nature.

 

Armor Kopi

Armor Kopi is actually short for Arabika Multi Origin Kopi. Arabica coffee is native to the Old World Tropics, while Robusta is West African, and Kopi Luwak is found in different regions of Java.

 

Armor Kopi

The coffee is brewed manually in styles like French Press and V60. Here, the barista uses a Hario V60 dripper to prepare the freshly ground beans.

 

Armor Kopi

While I was there, I ordered a Kopi Liberica with milk, but was accidentally given a Kopi Luwak Liberica. Luwak actually refers to the Palm Civet Cat that processes the coffee berries in their digestive tracts. After defecation, the beans are collected, washed, roasted, and consumed.

To diehard fans of Kopi Luwak, the flavor is smoother, less bitter, and has discernible caramel notes.

Note: Make sure your coffee beans are collected from free range civet cats. Some coffee shops sell beans from producers that cage and force-feed the civets. OAP does not condone this practice and implores you to be responsible with your consumer choices.

 

Armor Kopi

CYIRENG RUJAK SAUYUNAN (IDR 30,000).

Practically just battered and fried flour, this savory snack goes well with the sweet-spicy dip made with chili and Kecap Manis (thick, sweet soy sauce).

 

Armor Kopi

PISHANG GORENG/PISHANG GOWRENG (IDR 15,000).

These Banana Fritters topped with cheddar cheese are surprisingly addictive. When you taste one, you’ll forget about dieting and order another plate.

 

Armor Kopi

SILVER NEEDLE TEA (IDR 30,000)

Aside from the great coffees, specialty teas are also available at Armor Kopi. I highly recommend the silver needle tea for its pleasant and light taste.

 

Armor Kopi

Armor Kopi is nice, casual place to grab a cup of coffee, but tends to get crowded on weekends. Orders are manually brewed, which tends to make lines quite long. Your coffee will take around 15-20 minutes to arrive on the busiest days.

Even if you have to wait a little longer for your coffee, you should really take the time to enjoy the great ambiance.

ARMOR KOPI
Taman Hutan Raya Juanda, Jalan Pakar Barat No.99, Ciburial, Cimenyan, Bandung, Jawa Barat 40135, Indonesia
Mobile: +62 859 5627 0303
Operation Hours:
Sunday-Saturday 9am-9pm
Instagram: @ArmorKopi.BDG

 

 

DUSUN BAMBU FAMILY LEISURE PARK

Dusun Bambu

Dusun Bambu is one of Bandung’s primary eco-tourism destinations where the family can enjoy the fresh air, local Sundanese food, and a myriad of outdoor activities.

 

Dusun Bambu

Entrance fee is IDR 15,000 (less than 2 USD) and you have an option to take a tour cart or do your own exploring. I recommend walking to fully experience Dusun Bambu.

 

Dusun Bambu

Situated at the serene foothills of Mt. Burangrang is a charming lake where visitors are free to take a boat ride or relax in the nearby cottages.  

Dusun Bambu is also a resort. Cottages and rooms may be booked for a relaxing night’s stay!

 

Dusun Bambu

Directly adjacent to the lake is Burangrang Dapur Indonesia (Burangrang: Indonesia Kitchen) where visitors can enjoy local and international dishes.

 

Dusun Bambu

While the cozy interiors are quite inviting, I recommend you eat outside to enjoy the lovely Bandung climate.

 

Dusun Bambu

Dusun Bambu is an ideal place to take a leisurely stroll with the family. The park has playgrounds and activities for kids and areas for overnight camping. I wish we stayed a little longer to explore, but unfortunately only had time to eat at Burangrang. 

I guess that means this place deserves another visit!

DUSUN BAMBU FAMILY LEISURE PARK
Kolonel Masturi KM 11, Cisarua, Bandung Barat, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 22 8278 2020
Operation Hours:
Sunday - Saturday 8am-9pm
Instagram: @Dusun_Bambu
Website: www.dusunbambu.com

 

 

JALAN SETIABUDI 

Rumah Mode -- Riau St

Bandung is considered a shopper’s paradise for its sundry of factory outlets. Factory outlets are establishments that obtain genuine goods produced in surplus for a discount price.

At Jalan Setiabudi, you’ll find a concentration of eateries and factory outlet boutiques like Rumah Mode (pronounced roo-mah moh-dey).

 

Rumah Mode -- Riau St

Food here can be affordable (street-style food can be less than IDR 15,000) and you can try out local meals like Mie Kocok (shaken noodles in beef broth with meat balls) and Gado-Gado (raw and boiled vegetables served with peanut sauce, tofu, and boiled egg).

 

Rumah Mode -- Riau St

Around the area you can buy local and international snacks and beverages.

 

Rumah Mode -- Riau St

I’m not the shopping type, but I can only imagine how excited shopaholics will feel at Rumah Mode, Jalan Setiabudi’s trendiest factory outlet.

 

Rumah Mode -- Riau St

At Rumah Mode, you can buy genuine clothes, accessories, and shoes from big brands at discount prices. For more upscale clothes, shoppers can visit the upper floors.

 

Rumah Mode -- Riau St

I really enjoyed Jalan Setiabudi, but was left overwhelmed by the sheer number of people at the factory outlet. People who enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city will love this place!

JALAN SETIABUDI & RUMAH MODE
Jalan Setiabudi, Pasteur, Sukajadi, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40141, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 22 2033031
Operation Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9:30am-8:30pm
Friday 9:30am-9pm
Saturday 9am-9:30pm
Sunday 9am-9pm
Facebook: Rumah Mode Factory Outlet

 

 

VANILLA KITCHEN RESTAURANT (OPTIONAL)

Vanilla Kitchen

If you have the time to drop by, Vanilla Kitchen makes for a gorgeous Instagramer’s haven.

 

Vanilla Kitchen

On the ground floor is a artful space to enjoy drinks, snacks, and chill music.

 

Vanilla Kitchen

The upper floors have overhanging mattresses and tables for a more private space.

 

Vanilla Kitchen

If you prefer the outdoors, opt for the veranda…

 

Vanilla Kitchen

…or this relaxing area where you can unwind with a drink in hand!

 

Vanilla Kitchen

At the basement is an artsy concept store where you can by novelty items and minimalist clothing.

VANILLA KITCHEN
Jl. Cimanuk no 11 Bandung, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 22 7276652
Operation Hours:
Sunday-Saturday 10am-12am
Email: vanillakitchenandwine@gmail.com
Instagram: @_vanillakitchen
Facebook: Vanilla Kitchen
Website: www.vanilla-restaurant.blogspot.com

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Sheraton Bandung

During my visit, I stayed at the Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers. This 5-star hotel offers rates rates as low as P5,617 a night! I highly recommend this place for its comfortable amenities and value for money.

 

Sheraton Bandung

The suites come with all the essentials—a great view, desk, mini bar, good ambiance, and an excellent bed. Other notable features are the free in-room wifi (which I admit can be a little slow), wardrobe with full body mirror, satellite tv, walk-in rain shower, complete toiletries, and complimentary snacks. 

 

Sheraton Bandung

Feast, the resident restaurant, is open from 6am to 11pm and offers a good selection of local and international food.

 

Sheraton Bandung

At their noodle station, you can try out Bandung’s famous Mie Kocok or shaken noodles made with beef broth, beef balls, and tendons.

  

Sheraton Bandung

One of the highlights of their spread is the attractive and colorful local desserts!  

 

Sheraton Bandung

Some dinners are accompanied by traditional performances.

 

Sheraton Bandung

Breakfast consists of a buffet and is served from 6am to 10am. What I really loved about Feast, aside from their food selection, are the staff who are so warm and welcoming.

 

Sheraton Bandung

Mornings are more serene when you eat at the balcony near the poolside.

 

Sheraton Bandung

Sheraton Bandung is an ideal choice for a weekend stay for its affordable rates, accommodating staff, and world-class services. What makes this place shine is how they merge Indonesian values into contemporary hotel culture. It was good to see how Bandung, in spite of its rapid growth, still treasures its history and heritage.  

SHERATON BANDUNG HOTEL & TOWERS
Jl. Ir. H. Juanda 390 Coblong, Jawa Barat, Indonesia 40135
Telephone: +62 22 2500303
Instagram: @SheratonBandung
Facebook: @SheratonBandungHotelTowers
Website: www.sheratonbandung.com

 

 

Nuart Sculpture Park

What made Bandung so memorable wasn’t just the tourist attractions, but the company I spent twelve seemingly long, yet surprisingly short days with. Along with with ten local influencers, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism invited twenty travel and style bloggers from the Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia. Side by side, we explored the best of Bandung, Yogyakarta, Lombok and Labuan Bajo.

INDONESIA TRAVEL
Sapta Pesona Building, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.17, Jakarta
Website: www.indonesia.travel
Facebook: Indonesia.Travel
Instagram: @indtravel
Twitter: @indtravel

The Trip of Wonders opened my mind to the beauty and modernity of Indonesia that is sometimes misrepresented in Philippine media. Each destination I went to kept solidifying every reason to come back. Twelve days are simply not enough to explore these 17,508 islands.

With that said, I travelled to Indonesia with zero expectations and left with a thousand memories. 

 

THE TRIP OF WONDERS INDONESIA SERIES 2016

INDONESIA: Experience the Wonders of Indonesia on your Next Trip in 2017!
BANDUNG: Top Must-See Destinations at The Weekend Capital of Indonesia
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!
• SASAK TRIBE OF LOMBOK: How Ancient Traditions Still Endure in the 21st Century
• KOMODO NATIONAL PARK: On Dragons, Terrific Treks & Pink Beach!
• THE ROYAL AMBARRUKMO: Rubbing Elbows with Kings & Presidents through History
• ALILA SEMINYAK: Bali’s Prime Luxury Resort Destination!

 

Live an Awesome Life,

sheila signature

SHEILA of Team Our Awesome Planet

Disclosure: Everything was provided for by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.

P.S. Locals in large cities like Bandung or Jakarta are very tolerant of foreigners and other cultures or religions. You are not expected to cover up, but I recommend you dress a little more conservatively when visiting sacred sites or temples out of respect.




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