Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bandung Art & Science

Bandung has been the melting point between the local Sundanese culture with the high-end technology developed at the Institute Technology Bandung. There are some interesting places to visit:

* Saung Angklung Udjo.
Angklung is a traditional South-East Asian musical instrument, made by bamboo. Udjo Nalagena, a famous angklung artist, created an Angklung House in the outskirt of Bandung, where angklung is made, learned and played. You can enjoy an angklung orchestra played by 12 year old or less children or even be a part of this orchestra, holding one of the angklung instrument. The place is in the middle of padi terrace and bamboo field, a perfect location to feel the relaxness of a small village. It is one of the famous travel destination among westerners and is highly recommended.
Location: Jl. Padasuka 118, around 7km from Bandung.
How to get there: The easiest way is to rent a car to go there or ask your travel agent if there is a program to visit this place.

* Bosscha Observatorium
Built in 1923 by Nederlandsch-Indische Sterrekundige Vereeniging (Assoc. of Dutch-Indies Astronomers) is the only observatorium in Indonesia. It lies in Lembang, a small suburb city in the northern part of Bandung. It is now part of the Dept. of Astronomy, Institute Technology Bandung. Location: Jl. Peneropongan Bintang, Lembang 40391. Tel: (+62) 22-2786001. E-mail: administration[at] To visit there, ask the department administration first for a reservation. Some visiting notes:
o Reservation must be made 1 month before.
o Bosscha is closed on national holidays, Sunday and Monday.
o Day visit at 9:00, 12:00 (except Friday at 13:00) and 15:00.
o Public night (17:00-19:30), between April-October, with some presentations and demos. Ask there for a specific date as this public night is open at the 7th & 8th of the lunar month.
o Special visit can be arranged and subject to their avaibility.

* Geological Museum, houses 250.000 rocks and mineral collection, and 60.000 fossils.
There are 3 major rooms in the museums: the geology of Indonesia, the history of life and the geology of human life. The building itself has an art-deco style, built in 1928 by a Dutch architect Wnalda van Scholtwenburg.
Location: Jl. Diponegoro 57, Bandung. (near Gedung Sate complex). Tel: (+62)-22-7203205. Visiting time: every day 09:00-15:00 except Friday.

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