BANDUNG

Things to do

Things to do in Bandung

There are many activities that you can do in the city or outside the city. As Bandung highland is surrounded by a string of mountains, activities in the outskirts of the city are centred about the mountain resorts, adventure activities and outdoor sports. In the city, you can have savor the culinary diversity, shop at the cheap outlets and distros or just hang around.

Every Sunday is Car Free Day in Dago street from Cikapayang to the north to Simpang-Siliwangi between 06:00 to 10:00. Come as early as possible, because it can become hectic, as it is only a small street.

  • Trans Studio BandungJl. Gatot Subroto no.289, Bandung.+62 22 9109999. Indonesia's biggest indoor theme park is an equivalent to Universal Studios, but to a much smaller scale. There are more than 20 rides within 3 zones: Studio Central, The Lost World, and Magic Corner. Some of the attractions, especially the roller coasters, are equally thrilling to what you would expect in an outdoor amusement park. Weekdays Rp. 170.000, weekends, sunday and holiday Rp. 270.000 for all venues.
  • Gasibu Park (Lapangan Gasibu). In front of Gedung Sate. It's a favorite spot for a walk around a park and all the way towards Monju (Monumen Perjuangan), some 500 meters away. Fairground at Sunday morning, and food stalls at the Monju Park. People's favorites include dim sum ceker (a chicken foot cooked dim sum style) and nasi liwet (rice cooked in coconut milk, with chicken and vegetables). Within walking distance (about one kilometer), there is a famous yoghurt drink cafe with a nice and relaxing setting at Jl Cisangkuy.
  • Ram Fighting. Villages around Bandung host ram fights on alternate Sundays. It's a big event for locals who turn out in their hundreds to watch 5-minute bouts between prize fighter male sheep. Tournaments are held in purpose-built rings in outlying villages. Best to hire a motorbike/guide in Bandung who knows when and where the next tournament is on. Ram fighting is not a blood sport but animal lovers may be upset at the sight of the fights, which are organized and refereed rather like boxing matches.

Outdoor activities

  • Alun-alun Kota Bandung (Bandung City Square). Alun-alun is the classical central core of the democratic city in Indonesia, since the 15th century. In 2015, the square use synthetic grass and every afternoon full with people sit on the synthetic grass with bare foot which 4 sides are the city major residence,pendopo (a place to meet between citizens and the government), a mosque. The grand mosque is still visible, though it has been renovated 7 times. Now, it has undergone a major renovation and expansion with two 81 m high minarets and a Taj Mahal interior design. The pendopo is also still there, behind a high wall. The prison in Banceuy street about 500 meters from Alun-alun has been transformed into a mall with one block is preserved as a museum, a cell block where Soekarno, the first president of Indonesia, spent some time in there. The major transition is that now alun-alun serves as an entertainment park, where shopping mall buildings are surrounding the square.
  • Bandung ZooJl. Kebun Binatang No. 6,  +62 22 2502770. Built in 1930. Popular for domestic tourists, mainly of the second day of Idul Fitri as tradition, but is not recommended for foregn tourists, because is not well maintained.
  • Kawah Putih (White Crater)about 50 km south of Bandung (Travel south through Ciwidey).Discovered by Alfred Junghuhn in the 1800s, the crater lake was formed because of an eruption of the ancient age. It still features the a typical volcano lake with blue waters, grey cliffs, and white ground that you can step on to get close to the water, and it has had little to no activity for the past four centuries. Formerly a sulphur mine, its smell can be strong at some point — a 30 minute to one hour visit should suffice. Surprisingly, vegetation can still be found within its immediate vicinity. Park a car on site for Rp150,000 or cheaper downhill and then take a minivan, but you must still go through the flights of stairs with stalls at either side to reach the crater. Nuissance, a group with a young couple and a DSLR will be followed by some people, suppose take pre-wedding photos and have to pay more than Rp 100,000.
  • Tangkuban PerahuJalan Raya Tangkuban Parahu no 282. The most well known mountain in Bandung. Called so because it resembles a capsized boat from a distance. There are three craters, the main crater Ratu, the secondary Upas right next to it, and the small Domas 20 minutes away downhill on foot from the two craters. While you cannot get down to the crater because of its very steep elevation (and is fenced), you can still enjoy the marveling view of Ratu and Upas. It's a photographer's paradise! Unfortunately, most tourists only tend to see these two craters and forget Domas, the only crater that can get you an up close and personal encounter. You'll feel what a typical volcano has to offer, such as bubbling mud, boiling water, and hissing smell of sulphur, within a safe distance of course. You can even boil an egg by dunking it in the hot water! But to see Domas Crater you have to hire formal guide which in fact it is not neccessary. That being said, if you do not want to buy anything, politely and persistently say "No" to the pushy vendors that sells souvenirs and the other vendors will not offer you anymore, because they offer someone in a queue. Rp50,000 for foreigners.
  • Juanda Public Forest Park. It is a forest park in the city and serves as a water catchment area for the city. There are some interesting parks for children or to have a picnic. There are also some old second World War (Dutch and Japan) caves used during the Japanese occupation in the 1940s. Some people walk through the forest to reach Maribaya park in Lembang. This is at the end of Jalan Dago. The Angkot routes are Abd. Muis-Dago and followed by walking/hike a kilometer or take a ride by motorcycle/ojek. Ample parking lot available in front of the gate.
  • Puncrut-Lembang walking trail. Begins at Puncrut, Jl. Kiputih, North Bandung. For beginners or who save the stamina, it is better to go to Ledeng first and continue to Lembang by angkot and ask people to go down to Puncrut.

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