Parijs van Java 1
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This time, I went to Bandung actually for work. I had to visit two state universities there. But, between the two appointments, my colleague and I had time to get away for shopping and ate the traditional food. Yay...! Fortunately, my boss is not in this site, so he will not know what we have done ;-)
At the same time, I got a question from Le Parisien about how Bandung is. So, it reminds me that Bandung has "Parijs van Java" as its nickname. I think it might be interesting if he can see some photos of Bandung and also information about it. But, I am sure he will bend his brows and say, "How can Bandung be the Paris of Java?"
Hahaha... so Le Parisien, and also all TBers who have been to Paris, check this out!
All I can say about Bandung is:
- The city is nice cause there are still many big trees;
- I love it cause there are many houses and buildings with Art Deco architectural style;
- The people is very creative and stylish (many Indonesian singers and artist come from this city);
- There are many Factory Outlets and boutiques that have great interior design;
- There are many delicious food to taste (Bandung is a dangerous city for me besides Surabaya, cause I always gain my weight after I have been there).
If you want to know more about Bandung, click this site:
This is the info why Bandung is dubbed as Parijs van Java, taken from wikipedia:
The Dutch colonials first opened tea plantations around the mountains in the eighteenth century, followed by a road construction connecting the plantation area to the capital (180 km or 112 miles to the northwest). The European inhabitants of the city demanded the establishment of a municipality (gemeente), which was granted in 1906 and Bandung gradually developed itself into a resort city for the plantation owners. Luxurious hotels, restaurants, cafes and European boutiques were opened of which the city was dubbed as Parijs van Java.
The fertile area of the Parahyangan Mountains surrounding Bandung supports productive tea plantations. In the nineteenth century, Franz Junghuhn introduced the cinchona (kina) plant.
I went to Institut Teknologi Bandung and took some photos there.
Bandung is renowned for its large stock of Dutch colonial architecture; most notably the tropical Art Deco architectural style. Henri Maclaine-Pont is among the first Dutch architects who realized how important to combine each architectural style with culture of local people. He stressed that modern architecture should be evolved from local history and native elements. In 1920, Pont planned and designed buildings for the first technical university in the Dutch East Indies, Technische Hogeschool te Bandung (the present-day Institut Teknologi Bandung), after which he was named as a professor in architecture at the university. A striking local Javanese roof style is noticeably seen on top of the campus' ceremonial hall, embedded in his artwork.