Tangkuban Parahu volcano , Bandung West-Java Indonesia

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Tangkuban perahu is an active volcano, situated 30 km north of the city of Bandung in the direction of Lembang. It is the only crater in Indonesia that you can drive up to its very rim. Mount Tangkuban Perahu has a distinctive shape, and looks like an “overturned boat”. The huge crater is an astonishing view and you can walk around and explore this for around two hours. Here you will be greeted by sulfur fumes which the crater continues to emit although the volcano is not active.

Like so many of Java’s unusual geographical features, there is an interesting legend behind this fascinating mountain as expressed in the local legend of Sangkuriang. Sangkuriang was a strong young man, who had been separated from his mother, Dayang Sumbi since childhood. Yet, through God’s he came to meet her again. On the way home, he stopped by a small village where he met and fell in love with a beautiful girl, without realizing that the girl he loved was in fact his own mother, Dayang Sumbi, who had remained youthful through the years.

When Dayang Sumbi discovered the terrible truth of her lover’s real identity, she was horrified and knew that she could never marry her own son. She, therefore, challenged him to build a dam and a huge boat during one single night before she would agree to marry him. Seeing that her son was about to complete this impossible wish, she called on God to bring up the sun early. With a wave of her magic shawl, Dayang Sumbi lit up the eastern horizon with flashes of light. Deceived by what looked like dawn, the cocks crowed and farmers rose for a new day.

When Sangkuriang realized that his endeavor was lost, in his rage he kicked the boat that he had built turning it upside down, which was transformed into Mount Tangkuban Perahu, the name that in the local Sundanese language translates roughly to "overturned boat".

Tangkuban Perahu has definitely a significant role especially in the development of the surrounding Parahyangan (land of God) Highlands. Its eruption contributed immensely to the formation and fertility of the hills north of Bandung when through its flow of lava carrying large boulders into the valleys, these formed huge cliffs over which waterfalls leapt to form the lake that today covers the Bandung plain.

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Comments (54)

Irfan Saprudin on May 13, 2015

Hello, I am Indonesian, I am from Bandung Thank you for visit my region and show and introducing it to the world :D sorry for my bad english ...

Lucien Kivit on May 17, 2015

Irfan Saprudin , you are welcome my friend , like to show the beauty of your country to the world , greetings Lucien

Far lang on May 22, 2015

Good shot. FAV+LIKE. Greetings, Heinz.

Lucien Kivit on May 25, 2015

Heinz , thank you for your kind comment , YS and like , greetings Lucien

zhsv on May 28, 2015

| | | Pretty amazing to watch !
• • • all the best from Minsk ! zhsv

Lucien Kivit on May 31, 2015

Zhsv , thank you for your kind comment and like , greetings Lucien

Красивое фото! F+L C наилучшими пожеланиями из Карелии, Fen

Lucien Kivit on September 21, 2015

Fen , thank you for your kind comment , YS and like , greetings Lucien

Dick van Aggelen on September 24, 2015

F+M voor deze pic!

Lucien Kivit on September 27, 2015

Dick van Aggelen , bedankt voor de like en Ys , groeten Lucien

nunila77 merche on October 13, 2015

Buena toma de un río de lava. FAV+LIKE. Feliz miercoles. Saludos cordiales desde Madrid

Lucien Kivit on October 19, 2015

Nunila77 Merche , thank you for your kind comment , YS and like , greetings Lucien

Rox 64 on June 5

Great shot, L&F, greetings Reinhard

Lucien Kivit on June 7

Reinhard , thank you for your kind comment , YS and like , greetings Lucien

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Lucien Kivit
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Photo taken in Cicadas, Sagalaherang, Subang Regency, West Java, Indonesia

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  • Uploaded on May 14, 2010
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    by Lucien Kivit
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS
    • Taken on 2009/08/22 03:59:08
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