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Lembang | Vihara Vipassana | Villa Isola | Gua Maria Karmel | Botanical Garden | Bosscha Astronomical Observatory | Maribaya Waterfall | Maribaya Nature Park

Lembang is famous for its hot springs, which became very popular with the Dutch in the early 1900’s, and serious development commenced in the 1920’s when they built small resorts in Lembang. Owing to its high elevation, Lembang and its surroundings have a pleasant temperature all year around. The commonly visit places here are Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Juanda, Bosscha Observatory and Maribaya. Read below for more interesting information and many photos.


Milking cow statue in LembangThis town has a pleasant climate and is renowned for its vegetables and milk. Along the main road of Lembang, called "Jalan Raya Lembang", from Bandung to Tangkuban Perahu, there are plenty of fruit and vegetable sellers. Some stalls also sell live rabbits. A few restaurants or “warungs” along this road also serve rabbits, usually cooked in the Indonesian style of curry or satay. More about "Food, Drinks and Entertainment” in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.

Also in the Lembang area, after just leaving Bandung city on Jalan Setiabudi, people can see the home of former Indonesian president (the third president of the Republic) BJ Habibie, although it was told that he spent most of his time with his family in Germany (after his presidency term and before his wife passed away), where he used to study, work and live in his earlier days.

A few interest places in the Lembang district include:


Situated in Lembang at more than 4200 feet (1300 meters) above sea level, the Bosscha Astronomical Observatory was inaugurated in 1923 by D. Fock, the Dutch East Indies Governor General. This observatory name was taken from Karel Albert Rudolf Bosscha who donated his piece of land for this observatory.

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Bosscha Observatorium is now maintained and run by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Institut Teknologi Bandung.

Bosscha is
the biggest astronomical observatory in Indonesia and the only one in South East Asia. From 19-27 August 2008 Bosscha hosted the 2nd International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA), in which 89 students from 21 countries participated.

Location: Observatorium Bosscha, Jl. Peneropongan Bintang, Lembang (approx. 10 km or 6.2 miles to the North of Cihampelas Walk in Jalan Cihampelas)
Telephone/Fax:+62 22 2786001 or
Operating hours:day visit: Tuesday-Thursday, 9am, 11am, 1pm (for a group visit with total number of 25-150 persons). Friday, 9am, 1pm (for a group visit with total number of 25-150 persons). Saturday, 9am-1pm (for family maximum 25 persons)
Night visit: schedules are determined by Observatory Astronomi Bosscha, between 5pm-8pm, only 3 nights per month in the dry season (April-October). Closed on Monday, Sunday, and public holidays, such as in the new year (29 December-5 January), feast month and Ied Mubarak (19 July-25 August 2012)
Admission charges:Rp. 7,500/person for day visit (group or individual visit), Rp. 10,000/person for night visit
Facilities:guides, library, toilets, souvenir shop
How to get there:by angkot: take the one from "Ledeng" angkot terminal that goes in the "Lembang" direction (approximate distance 6 kilometers/3.73 miles to the north direction), tell the driver that you want to get off at Bosscha (fare: approx. Rp. 3,000). From there, get an ojek to Bosscha (about one kilometer/1093 yards from Batu Reok to Bosscha and costs about Rp. 5,000). Other option is to walk up hill to the observatory after you get off your angkot (about 800 meters away)
Remarks: advanced notification/reservation prior to visiting is mandatory, at least 2 weeks before the date of visit. In an afternoon visit, visitors will get general information about astronomy. During a night visit, visitors can use the equipments. It is advised to come on the allocated time. The visits may be cancelled if there is any urgent internal activity.


Maribaya Waterfall or “Air Terjun Maribaya” is famous for its 25-meter [82 feet] high waterfall and it is a part of Taman Hutan Raya (Tahura) Ir. H. Juanda or Dago Pakar in Maribaya area. In spite of its location in Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Juanda, Maribaya waterfall can be easily accessed from the entrance “door V” in Jalan Maribaya, which is located about 3 kilometers [1.86 miles] from "Pasar (market) Lembang".

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Some people opt to walk from this waterfall down to Taman Dago Pakar, enjoying its beautiful scenery, or the other way round. As as reference, it takes about 1 hour walk from Taman Dago Pakar entrance doors I, II and III to the waterfall (Maribaya Waterfall itself is located about 6 kilometers or 3.72 miles from Dago).

Location:within Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Juanda (see above) or via the entrance door V (located about 3 kilometers or 1.86 miles from Pasar Lembang)
Telephone:+62 22 2515895
Fax:+62 22 2507891
Admission charges:Rp. 8,000/domestic tourist and Rp. 50,500/foreigner. English speaking guide fee (local guide): Rp. 50,000-Rp. 100,000
Operating hours:daily, 8am-4pm
Facilities:toilets, warungs, flower shops, mushola
How to get there:from Lembang Market, you can take either Maribaya-Lembang angkot, the one that goes to Maribaya (fare: Rp. 4,000 - about 30 minutes drive) or an ojek (fare: Rp. 10,000 for about 20 minutes ride). From Bandung station take an angkot to Dago station. From Dago station, take another angkot heading to Dago Pakar station (fare: approx. Rp. 5,000). The waterfall is at about 6 kilometers [3.7 miles] from Dago Pakar station. You can take an ojek at a cost of about Rp. 15,000
Remarks:cash payment only.

Next page: Dago Pakar Botanical Garden | Villa Isola | Gua Maria Karmel, Vipassana Pagoda | Taman Wisata Maribaya - not to miss!

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