Bandung, the capital of West Java province, located about 180 km southeast of Jakarta, is the fourth largest city in Indonesia. Located in the central highlands at an altitude of 768m, the city is known for its many universities, textile industry and many roadside cafes. Called Parijs van Java (Paris of Java) by the Dutch, its high altitude location makes the weather pleasantly cool. The city lies on a river basin and surrounded by volcanic mountains.
Thanks to all of this, Bandung is a very popular weekend escape for Jakartans, who crowd into the city on weekends and national holidays.
With over 2.9 million population in 2007 and over 7.2 million people on the greater Bandung regency & metropolitan area, it’s one of the most densely populated city in Asia. It’s rated the fastest-growing major city / urban region in Indonesia.
Bandung’s nickname is Kota Kembang, literally meaning the Flower City. The term is created because Bandung used to have a lot of flowers.
Bandung economy is mainly built upon tourism, manufacturing, textile/apparel, education institutions, technology, retail, services, financial, pharmaceutical, food, among others. Bandung has nearly 50 higher educational institutions and is among the most popular destination for education in Indonesia. Among the several state universities located in Bandung, Institut Teknologi Bandung (Bandung Institute of Technology), Universitas Padjadjaran (University of Padjadjaran), and Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
Bandara Husein Sastranegara, Bandung
I travelled to Bandung in April 2009 immediately after the Indonesia Election Day 2009. When about to land our flight aborted the landing and circled the Husein Sastranegara Airport, Bandung twice without apparent reason. Thats gives me ample time to capture these images.