Lembang & Surroundings

The hot springs around Lembang dan Tangkuban Perahu 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.


This 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 rumours say he spends most of his time with his family in Germany, where he used to study, work and live in his earlier days.

A few interest places in the Lembang district include:

Buddhism Pagoda "Vihara Vipassana"

This "vihara" was constructed by a rich Thai Indonesian businessman through his company in 1992 and was inaugurated by the Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs in 1995.

The story of this Vihara Vipassana dated back to 1985, where a monk from Thailand came to Bandung for a retreat. The local Buddhist community, together with a different monk from Thailand, finally could secure an area, where they could start building their vihara, which is where this Vihasa Vipassana is currently standing. Today, this vihara has 7 Indonesian and Thai monks, who live in this monastery for doing meditation and worship.

Location : Jl. Kol Masturi No. 69 (about 3 kilometers [1.86 miles] from Jalan Raya Lembang, near "Sapu Lidi" restaurants)
Telephone : +62 22 2787664, +62 819812009 (by SMS)
Fax : +62 22 2787665
Website : www.vipassanagraha.org
Email : [email protected], [email protected]
Operating hours : daily, 6am-6pm
Admission charges : free
Facilities : toilets, parking space, bookstore, souvenir shop, library
Nearby facilities : restaurants
How to get there : by angkot: take the one from "Ledeng" angkot terminal that goes to the "Lembang" direction (fare: Rp. 3,000 for about 20 minute drive) and get off when you see a “Cisarua” direction signboard on the right side of the road (next to a police box/post or approximately 6.5 kilometers/4.04 miles from Ledeng terminal). From there, you can continue by another angkot that goes to “Cisarua” (fare: Rp. 3,000 about 20 minute drive). By ojek: from Ledeng angkot terminal (fare: Rp. 10,000) or from Jalan Raya Lembang, fare: Rp. 7,500 for a 30 minute ride
Remarks : Vihara Vipassana will be crowded, especially on religious holidays, such as Katina and Vesak days. It is advisable to dress appropriately (no short pants, short skirts, or tank top). Sarongs are available for those, who wear short pants. The canteen is open only on Sunday. Take off your shoes/sandals before entering the temple.

Villa Isola

Located in the northern part of Bandung city, Villa Isola, well known today as "Bumi Siliwangi", was constructed in 1932 and designed by Wolff Schoemaker, the same architect who also designed Museum Asia Afrika (Gedung Merdeka), Cipaganti mosque and a few other art deco buildings in Bandung.

Initially built for a rich Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) born entrepreneur, D.W. Berretty, the villa cost him a fortune. Later, this private villa was converted into a hotel before being used by the Japanese troops as their office in the early 1940’s and turned into an educational institution after Indonesia got its independence in 1945. Today it is part of a university in Bandung, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia - Indonesia University of Education.


Historical photos of Villa Isola in the 1930's can be accessed from this link: www.sjoerdm.dds.nl

Location : Jl. Dr. Setiabudi No. 229
Telephone : +62 22 2016444
Website : www.upi.edu
Email : [email protected]
Admission charges : free
Facilities : toilets within the university and an English, France, and Germany speaking guides are available (guide fee can be negotiated directly with them)
Nearby facilities : restaurants, hotel, ATM, pharmacy, cafe
Nearby attractions : Kampung Gajah
How to get there : by angkot: take the one that goes to "Ledeng" terminal and tell the driver you want to stop at "Isola or UPI" ( /oo-pee/ ). Fare Rp. 3,000 (about 25 minute journey). Villa Isola very obvious from the road. It is approximately 500 meters [0.31 miles] before the terminal
Remarks : prior permission is suggested by calling its "Humas" ( /hoo-mâs/ - Public Relation) phone numbers above. One week prior notification is recommended. Best time to visit is on Saturday from 8am-4pm, where there is no academic activities. Public or visitors should not enter the building, except by the permission of the rector.

Gua Maria Karmel

It was said that originally this place consisted of a church and a dormitory for Dutch nuns, but since Indonesia declared its independence, things changed and today there are no more Dutch nuns nor dormitories . However, the old small church is still standing beautifully after recent renovations were finished in 1989.

Here in Gua Maria Karmel, there are two different “pathways” for visitors. Along the first path, visitors will see fourteen different statues, which describe the famous “Via Dolorosa” and the second path is the path heading to Gua Maria Karmel, where visitors can pray privately, overlooking hills in front of the area.

There is a market on Sunday morning at the small entrance street to the church, where locals sell vegetables and fruits grown from their own backyards.

Location : Jl. Karmel II/51, Lembang
Telephone : +62 22 2786152
Operating hours : Gua Maria Karmel opens daily, 7am-7pm. Church opens daily, 6am-4pm. Misa (Mass) schedule: Monday-Friday, 6:30am; Saturday, 5:45pm; Sunday, 8am
Admission charges : free
Facilities : toilets
Nearby facilities : ATMs, internet cafés, mini markets, pharmacies
Nearby attractions : Statue of Milking Cow, Vihara Vipassana
How to get there : by angkot: before "Pasar (market) Lembang", there is a direction sign of Gua Maria Karmel just next to the hotel "Pesona Bambu". From Ledeng angkot terminal, you can take angkot that goes to Lembang and take off in Hotel Pesona Bambu (fare: Rp. 3.000) in 20 minutes
Remarks : there is a big signboard at the entrance saying that Gua Maria Karmel is not for group visits since individuals come to the place mostly for praying, other restrictions are also mentioned, written in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) only. Taking photos is not allowed.

Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Juanda

This first botanical garden in Indonesia, well known to the locals as "Taman Dago Pakar", is a home to 3 kinds of mammals, around 30 different kinds of birds, over 250 kinds of trees from 40 families and 112 species in a total area of about 526 hectares (1300 acres). Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Juanda was inaugurated on 14 January 1985 by the then Indonesian President Soeharto. Today, the forest has a new attraction, a deer breeding in the “Bantar Awi” area (located between Maribaya Waterfall and Dutch Cave, about 2 kilometers from the Dutch cave).

Taman Dago Pakar also has three waterfalls. The famous one is called Omas Waterfall, in Maribaya, or Maribaya Waterfall. This waterfall lies approximately 5 kilometers [3.1 miles] to the north of the nature reserve entrance.

Apart from flora and fauna, there are also Dutch and Japanese caves, which were built in the early 1910's and 1940's, respectively, in Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Juanda. These two caves were used for various reasons, such as food and armory storage, communication purposes, and so on.

There is also an inscription stating the visit of Thai King Chulalongkorn II in 1896.

Location : Kompleks Tahura Ir. H. Juanda No. 99 Dago Pakar, Bandung
Telephone : +62 22 2515895
Fax : +62 22 250 7891
Email : [email protected]
Website : www.tahuradjuanda.jabarprov.go.id
Operating hours : daily, 8am-5pm
Admission charges : Rp. 8,000/person (domestic tourist) or Rp. 50,500/person (foreign tourist). Rp. 20,000 (bus). English speaking local guide charges (by local people, if you'd like to have one) Rp. 75,000-Rp.100,000
Facilities : information center (English and Bahasa Indonesia); toilets; shops; prayer room; children's playground; jogging track; outbond area, such as flying fox and paint ball (Rp. 20,000/domestic tourist or Rp. 100,000/foreigner with minimum 30 person in a group); a small museum About Ir. H. Juanda; local guides (sometimes with limited English); there are 5 houses available for rent, each room costs Rp. 500,000 per night; a tennis court for rent Rp. 50,000/hour
How to get there : By angkot: from Jl. Merdeka, take angkot goes to "Dago" terminal (fare Rp. 2,500) then take an ojek (/ô-jêk/ - motorcycle taxi) to this place (fare: Rp. 15,000)
By taxi: from Jalan Asia Afrika around Rp. 50,000
If you want to walk from "Dago" angkot terminal be ready for about 3 kilometers [1.86 miles] journey
Remarks : a good option to visit if you like nature reserve. It might be a little busy during weekends and public holidays.

Bosscha Astronomical Observatory

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.

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
Website : www.as.itb.ac.id or www.bosscha.itb.ac.id
Email : [email protected]
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

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".

Some people opt to walk from this waterfall down to Taman Dago Pakar, enjoying its interesting 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.

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