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Going on a trip by lorry from Garahan to Merawan tunnel is a safe and enjoyable trip. The tourists can see two train tunnels (90m and 970m length). The Merawan tunnel (970m in length) is one of the longest train tunnels in Indonesia remaining from the Dutch period. In addition to the railway tunnels, the visitors can also enjoy the coffee agro tourism at Gumitir Mountain. While enjoying the scenery on the trip, tourists will cross a long bridge (178m in length and 630m in depth) built by the Dutch architect. The lorry agro tourism is a famous nostalgic trip for Dutch and European tourists. To get there the visitors can take a 90 minute trip from downtown using public transportation, rental car or taxi.
Gunung Gambir Tea Plantation
Gunung Gambir Tea Plantation, located at 48 km northeast of Jember, is a site remaining from the Dutch period. At 900 m above sea level, the Argopuro slope area has great potential for European exported beer tea. Tourists can see tea trees that were planted in 1918, 1923,and 1927 and can watch beer tea processing from picking to packaging. All visitors can all have a taste of tea and a walk through the plantation in the morning. To give more services, the company provides accommodation, tennis courts and a children’s swimming pool. Visitors can travel for 15 minutes from downtown Jember to reach Gunung Gambir Tea Plantation by public transportation, rental car or taxi.
Semboro Sugar Factory, 35 km west of Jember, was built during the Dutch colonial period by Handles Vereniging Amsterdam (a Dutch private company) in 1921 with 2103 hectares of sugar cane fields which spread out in the western and the northern part of Jember. In the Japanese colonial period, sugar producing activities stopped and it was changed to a soda factory to fulfill the needs of the Japanese government. A few years after Indonesian Independence Day, in 1949, it became an ammunition factory to provide supplies for the Indonesian freedom fighters against the colonialists seeking to reoccupy Indonesia. From 1950 to 1957 the milling activities began producing sugar which was already taken over by the Indonesian government. Due to its demands since 1978, the Semboro Sugar Factory has tried to increase its production from 24.000 kw to 54.000 kw per day. Foreign visitors can take a nostalgic tour by steam locomotive for 2 hours and can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. Semboro Sugar Factory is about 120 minutes from the center of Jember and visitors can hire a car to reach this destination.
Cigars are made of rolled dried tobacco leaves. Nusantara Plantation Corporation 10 lies eight kilometers north of Jember. The cigars are exported to Europe, America and Australia. However, it also produces Indonesian cigars for domestic consumption. All visitors can see the process of cultivating seedlings, drying tobacco leaves, picking as well as the making of cigars. Dutch visitors can especially enjoy the nostalgia of the site as they participate in the agro tourism. The first people who introduced the process of tobacco cultivation were the Dutch. Jember became known to Europeans as the “Tobacco city” particularly in Germany. To reach the Nusantara Plantation the visitors can take public transportation from downtown.
The Lahbako Dance
The Lahbako dance is one of the unique traditional dances that describes the farmer’s process of planting and cultivating tobacco. Tobacco is one of the main export commodities of Jember besides coffee, rubber, terpentin and cocoa. Jember is not only famous for tobacco, but is also rich with its own unique traditional culture and the famous Lahbako dance. It is a typical welcome dance.