Bandung is known for thriving plantation and culinary, but what exactly can you do in Bandung? This city has numerous tourist attractions both in the downtown area and hillsides. Blessing with beautiful surroundings, check out these things to do and Places to visit in Bandung.
What to do in Bandung: Explore The City and Nature Attractions
Bandung has a rich history and culture, also natural paradise to visit. This city also a perfect weekend trip from Jakarta. If you’re looking for a culturally rich and nature attractions Bandung is a must when you’re in West Java area. Here are some recommended things to do in Bandung to add to your bucket list:
Saung Angklung Udjo Concert
There are at least three things that people seek when visiting new places: view, food, and cultural experience. If the last is what you want, you definitely need to add Saung Angklung Udjo Concert to your itinerary. Learn more about Sundanese art and culture in this angklung craft center. You will have the chance to watch their jaw-dropping musical live performance.
Saung Angklung Udjo carries great purposes in tourism and as well as education. Here, you can entertain yourself with performances of this bamboo musical instrument, wayang golek puppet show, traditional dances and many others. Besides, you can learn more about this Sundanese bamboo musical instruments and how they are made.
Address: Padasuka St. no. 118, Pasirlayung, Cibeunying Kidul Sub District, Bandung.
Phone: +62 22 7271714 / +62 821 8282 1200
Visit Historical Buildings
Being one of the most modern cities in Indonesia, you will also find bunches of old building with gorgeous architecture design. Besides, there are some historical buildings in Bandung. One of the prominent heritage landmarks in Bandung is Gedung Sate. The pinnacle resembles the shape of the skewer used in satay (sate in Indonesian), hence the name Gedung Sate. Dutch architect, J. Gerber, designed this historical place in Bandung.
During the period of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia, Gedung Sate was the Gouvernement Bedrijven Building. While now the provincial government of West Java make use of this historical landmark as their office. Other than this building, you’ll find more historical landmarks here in Bandung. Geological Museum, Gedung Merdeka, Asia Africa Museum, are among the buildings with significant historical values that you can visit.
Gedung Sate: Diponegoro St., no. 22, Citarum, Bandung Wetan Sub District, Bandung, West Java 40115
Open Monday to Friday | 8 AM to 4 PM
Bandung Geological Museum: Diponegoro St. no. 57, Cihaur Geulis, Cibeunying Kaler Sub District, Bandung, West Java 40122
Open Saturday to Thursday
Gedung Merdeka and Asia Africa Museum: Asia Afrika St. no. 65, Braga, Sumur Bandung Sub District, Bandung, West Java 40111
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Tebing Gunung Hawu
While some travelers prefer city tour, some others like adventures and thrills. Which one are you? If you have free spirit and love nature, you can also try going outside the modernity of Bandung. Pump your adrenaline by climbing Mount Hawu or Tebing Gunung Hawu. This picturesque spot boasts one of the best awe-inspiring sunrise views in the area. Find this rocky mountain in Padalarang, West Bandung Regency, about 15.7 miles away from the city of Bandung.
Tebing Gunung Hawu gets its name from the huge hole that makes this rocky mountain look like a giant traditional ‘stove’. The Sundanese word hawu means ‘stove’ or fireplace used to cook by the locals. It has pretty easy treks which welcomes beginners to climb it. While you are there, don’t miss the chance to hop on the hammock, tied in two cliffs. The view of the nature will surely take your breath away.
Hidden Canyon of Cikahuripan River
Roughly 13 miles to the north of Bandung City is the area of Cikahuripan, a part of Lembang Sub District, West Bandung Regency. This area is well known for the hidden canyon of its river. If you need a place where you can admire the attractive nature and calm yourself, head the Hidden Canyon of Cikahuripan River.
The significant feature of this famed canyon is the two 10-meter-tall towering cliffs on both sides. That, and the green color of the river which divides the two, surely makes a great combination. Prepare around IDR 10,000 / person for the entrance fee and you’ll get to see the magnificent view of this ‘green canyon’.
Location: Raja Mandala Cipongkor, Saguling, Batujajar, West Bandung Regency.
Tour to Lembang from Bandung
While you are in West Java, visiting Lembang is a must. This town is a gorgeous hot spring resorts area just around 9 miles away from Bandung to the north. There are plenty of North Bandung attractions that you can find in Lembang. If you have time, rather than having a day tour in Lembang then going back to Bandung, you can try glamping. The Lodge Maribaya is where you can get your glamping experience with tons of Instagramable pictures to share.
Exploring Lembang will not be complete if you don’t go to these following touristy spots. The Farm House Lembang makes a nice place for family vacations. Besides, it can be one of the best date ideas in Bandung. Kids will love encountering the cute farm animals like sheep and rabbits. And, wandering around the area in cute dress (you can rent it!) is something hard to miss.
For more exploration and observation (or if you want to seek for more appealing spots for photos), Lembang still has the Floating Market (and the Rainbow Garden), Bosscha Observatory, and some other tourism objects to visit.
Snap Magical Photos in Kawah Putih
The other must-have place to add to your bucket list is a trip to Kawah Putih or White Crater. This is because the graceful and mystical crater lake is something you would hardly find in many areas. The stunning color of the lake (which is changeable depending on temperature) is not the only attractiveness of this white crater. Even the vegetation looks different from what we usually see somewhere else.
Now, if you plan to visit Kawah Putih, there are some other places nearby that you can stop by. Don’t miss the chance to get closer to the nature as you explore Ranca Upas Deer Conservation Center, Situ Patenggang, Rancabali Tea Plantation.