When you enter the Tangkuban Perahu area, you will be sorrounded by beautiful pine trees along the way with the cold wheater. Mount Tangkuban Perahu is an active volcano, located 30 km north OF Bandung city. Tangkuban Perahu is the only crater in Indonesia that you can be on top by car. Tangkuban Perahu has a unique shape, and looks like an “overturned boat”. This is the philosophy why its called Tangkuban Perahu (sundanese language) or Upside Down Boat. Giant crater is an amazing sight. You can walk around and explore the crater filled with sulfur fumes which continues to radiate.
How To Get There
Tangkuban Perahu is relatively easy to reach. Tangkuban Perahu can be reached from two directions, either from Bandung or from Subang. From Bandung, if you see public transportation, the bus route is from Bandung to Ledeng Bus Station – Lembang – Tangkuban Perahu. If you go from Subang, there is “Parahyangan Bus” with the route from Bandung to Cirebon through forked road, Subang, Tangkuban Perahu. Tangkuban Perahu has became one of the favorite tourist attractions in West Java.
The Legend of Tangkuban Perahu
Many thousands of years ago, the land of Parahyangan led by leking a king and a queen who just had a daughter. This princess was named Dayang Sumbi. She was very pretty and intelligent, unfortunately she was very spoiled. Once upon a time, when she was weaving on the porch of the palace, Dayang Sumbi felt weak and dizzy. She dropped to the floor of the yarn spun many times. When yarn fell for umpteenth time, Dayang Sumbi became angry and swore she would marry anyone who would get it. After these words were uttered oarth, came a magical dog named Tumang and submitted it to Sumbi Dayang’s hand. So ineviatably, in accordance with his oath, Dayang Sumbi should marry the dog.
Dayang Sumbi and Tumang live happily until they were blessed with a child who had magic powers like his father. Their child was named Sangkuriang. Sangkuriang killed his father and his flesh was given to his mother. Her mother thought it was deer meat and ate it. When Dayang Sumbi knew that meat was Tumang, Dayang Sumbi was very angry and drove him away.
Several years later, Sangkuriang met a beautiful woman. He fell in love with the woman. The woman was his mother, but they did’nt recognize each other. When she realized that she almost marry her son, Dayang Sumbi tried to derail the wedding. After thinking hard she finally decide to propose mariage requirement which could not be granted by Sangkuriang.
Sangkuriang realized that had been deceived. He was so angry and cursed Dayang Sumbi then kicked a homemade boat the middle of the woods. The boat had been there in a state of reversed and Tangkuban Perahu (Upside Down Boat) Mount.