07 May, 2009

Bandung, a Blend between the Traditional and the Modern


Bandung is the capital of the West Java province in Indonesia. It has heavily populated and has a density of almost 15000 people / square kilometer. The city has is known to be more than 500 years old.

An amazing thing about it is that it is surrounded by volcanic mountains. It is the fourth largest city in Indonesia and it has been rated the fastest-growing city in Indonesia. The weather here is cooler than in other cities in the country. It is humid and warm. It has an average temperature of 23 degrees. There is a wet season between November and April.

Most of the people from Bandung are of Sundanese descent, but there are also minorities. Chinese Indonesians, Indian Indonesians and Korean Indonesians live here too. The architecture of the buildings combines the old with the new. It has kept the local and native elements of the buildings, but added something extra. Buildings have a modern touch.

Sundanese language is spoken as the first language. A traditional musical instrument is the angklung, made of bamboo. People like to come here due to the friendliness of local people.

There are hundreds of schools and universities in Bandung. Some of them are: University of Padjadjaran and Indonesia University of Education. The city’s economy is built upon education institutions, services, food, tourism and others. The culture has shaped the economy. The city offers a great variety of means of transport. Taxis are found everywhere, but the main mean of transport is the minibus. The Husein Sastranegara International Airport offers various flights inside and outside of the country. Trains are also available and connect the city to Cianjur, Jakarta, Purwakarta, Bekasi and other major cities.

Bandung has received a price for The Dirtiest of Indonesia’s metropolitan areas. It has also received in 1997 the Adjpura Award for the achievement of the most beautiful city in Indonesia.

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One Response to “Bandung”

  1. indonesia is really a great place for travel , plan to go bali next month

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