Monday, 22 December 2014

West Java: The Jakarta Neighbor Province

map of west java
Map of West Java (The picture is taken from jabarprov)

West Java is one of the largest province in Indonesia and has the most dense population. Kota Bandung is the city where the central government of the province established. A historical building widely known as an office for West Java government is Gedung Sate, an architectural heritage designed by J. Gerber and the team. With addition of the new regent, Pangandaran, West Java at the present day includes 18 regencies (kabupaten) and 9 cities (kota). The nine cities are Kota Bogor, Kota Depok, Kota Sukabumi, Kota Bekasi,  Kota Cirebon, Kota Bandung, Kota Cimahi, Kota Tasikmalaya and Kota Banjar. The regencies include Kabupaten Bogor, Kabupaten Sukabumi, Kabupaten Cianjur, Kabupaten Purwakarta, Kabupaten Subang, Kabupaten Karawang, Kabupaten Bekasi, Kabupaten Cirebon, Kabupaten Indramayu, Kabupaten Majalengka, Kabupaten Kuningan, Kabupaten Bandung, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Kabupaten Sumedang, Kabupaten Garut, Kabupaten Tasikmalaya, Kabupaten Ciamis and Kabupaten Pangandaran. 

Picture of Gedung Sate
Gedung Sate (The picture is taken from
Each of those cities and regencies have amazing tourism potentials: the beach, the mountain, the river, the waterfall, cultural heritages, etc. I have posted some of them in this blog. They’re beautiful and not so far from Jakarta. Within 3 hours by land journey, you will arrive in the center of West Java, Kota Bandung. Bandung itself is a great destination of culinary experience, art and fashion. Various transportation modes are available to get you there from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport.

I know that maybe some of you already knew the other great destinations in Indonesia such as Bali, Nias, Lombok or Raja Ampat. But, before you get to those amazingly beautiful places, I recommend you to visit West Java, the nearest province from Indonesia’s international gateway with a lot of choices of destination.

West Java, we speak Sundanese because most of West Java inhabited by Sunda tribe, but, in Cirebon, they speak Cirebonese. For a start, check these simple greetings in Sundanese:

excuse me
bade tumaros
I would like to ask you a question/ some questions.
Upami bade ka ... (mention your destination) ka palih mana?
Could you show me the way to ...?
hatur nuhun
thank you


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