If you are tired of life in a metropolitan
city with its sky scrapers, you should take a few days off to stay in
the Dragon village within Neglasari village, Salawu sub-district,
Tasikmalaya, West Java.
This 1.5 hectares village is still ‘green’ and not influenced by
modernization. Some 311 people live in this village. You will have to
take several hundred steps to cover the villages over 500 meters. You
will see hundreds of high ebony trees, large green paddy fields and the
long Ciwulang river. In addition, you will feel the cool air and sounds
of river waterflows in the distance.
To reach the Dragon Village, you can take an airplane from Jakarta to
Husein Sastranegara airport in Bandung. From there, you can rent a car
or use public transportation to Tasikmalaya or Garut.
While taking these steps, you will be amazed by local green houses made
of various bamboos and woods. These houses roofs are made of Nipah
leafs, palm leafs or reeds and feature bamboo or wooden raised floors.
This moslem village in a fertile valley still maintains it‘s long
traditions; For instance, the homes must face the north or south, and
the mosques, city hall or bale patemon, and paddy granaries, must face
the east or west. For years, they never added/reduced the number of
buildings to remain 111 buildings total. Additionally, the traditional
leaders fuse the government’s electricity and prohibit their residents
from using electronic appliances. All daily activities are performed
Local inhabitants in the Dragon Village are famous for their simple
and harmonious life. They are also known for their friendliness to
domestic and foreign tourists. In addition to farming and raising
livestock, they also produce handicrafts for souvenirs.
The inhabitants still maintain the Hajat Sasih ceremony during
Islamic holidays in asking for blessings and safety from their
ancestors, Eyang Singaparna, and as gratitude to the Almighty God for
what they have.
In addition to Hajat Sasih, they also have rituals performed on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. During these days, you are not allowed
to visit the village because all its residents perform such rituals.
This is where you could also go in seclusion, enjoying your stay in
local green homes and taking a bath in cool Ciwulan river water. You
could also enjoy quiet nights in your room with only a Vayer lamp.
Although you are not allowed to listen to your iPod, you could hear
birds sing, waters flow, winds blow, insects and frogs and see many
shaddy trees. To stay overnight, you have to ask for permission from
local officials a few days in advance.
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