HomeBlogs Tasikmalaya Tasikmalaya is known for its plaited mats, painted umbrellas and batiks
of particular designs and colors. Geographically, Tasikmalaya is
situated between 107° 53' to 108° 20' eastern longitudes and between 7°
3' and 7° 49' southern latitude. The population of the entire regency
(the city and rural area around it) is about 1.58 million. Like most of
West Java, Muslim, ethnically Sundanese people, mostly populates it with
a small Indonesian Chinese minority. A quarter of Tasikmalaya Regency,
which has an area of about 256,756,692 hectares, is covered by forest.
This Regency may be divided into two areas, lowlands and mountainous
Tasikmalaya Regency is rich in places of interests and
cultural attractions. First of all, there is an interesting area called
Kampung Naga. Thirty km from Tasikmalaya, visitors will find the
uniqueness of Kampung Naga. The distance from Bandung to this kampong is
about 88 km. The people of this Kampong still adhere to the old
traditions. Their house building is unique. The uniqueness lays its
uniformity, starting from the building materials, the house designs to
the direction their houses are facing. Instead of its proximity to
modern society, it has retained its traditional customs over the
centuries. It is a small village in the beautiful mountains of the
Salawu District. The most important traditional ceremony is called
"Upacara Pedaran" which illustrates its age-old history and culture,
held only once every year.
Places of interest in Tasikmalaya
include the most attractive natural resorts. From a tourism viewpoint at
least, the area has benefited from the latest eruption of Galunggung
Mountain, which happened on April 5, 1982. The remains of the eruption
have now become taking scenery and are worth-visiting. A lot of
tourists, both foreign and domestic, have started visiting this resort.
Shady trees are growing again and visitors can also enjoy the sight the
crater and bathing in the spa.
Transportation is easily
available, although the distance from Jakarta to Tasikmalaya is about
380 kilometers, and from Bandung about 120 kilometers. Since the road is
good the distance can easily be covered by either public or private
Home industries are prevalent in Tasikmalaya Regency
and the tourist can of course buy the product. Home industries mean
handicraft, such as pandan hat, samak hat, dudukuy cetok, hand bags, etc
in another region of this regency, there is a place which is famous for
plaited handicraft, called Rajapolah. Home industries here produce
mats, plaited wares made from bamboo, like kitchen utensils, etc.