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Bandung (old Indonesian language: Bandoeng) is the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. Located on a highland plateau 768 meters above sea level, the city has a population of around 2.1 million. Kabupaten Bandung is the suburban area surrounding the city of Bandung.

Bandung geography

Bandung is bookmarked by several hilly, mountainous parts. The Lembang highlands to the north is a popular weekend getaway area, offering even cooler climates and beautiful views of the surrounding plateau. Its popularity ensures its continuing development, with new hotels, resorts and restaurants built and continuing the urban expansion further north. Traditionally, this area is also supported by agriculture in form of flower and vegetable plantations, and several tea plantations further north.

The area surrounding Bandung is volcanic, and tourist attractions such as Maribaya and Tangkuban Perahu are only a short trip away. Maribaya offers mountainous terrain and its hot, sulfur springs are a popular destination year-long. Tangkuban Perahu is a volcanic crater into which areas tourists can walk through.

The recent expansion of the city borders added the southern lowlands to the city of Bandung, mostly consisting of industrialized areas and recently housing developments. The garment industry is dominant among the manufacturing companies, and attracts many migrants from the countryside to relocate to Bandung.

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Bandung is known for its large number of old buildings in Dutch architecture:

Bandung history

In 1488, the area now named Bandung was the capital of the Kingdom of Pajajaran. During the colonial times, the governing Dutch East Indies built a supply road connecting Batavia (now Jakarta), Bogor, Cianjur, Bandung, Sumedang and Cirebon. This event was very important for the growth of Bandung. In the 1930s the Dutch East Indies government planned for Bandung to become the capital of the Dutch East Indies due to its location, however World War II disrupted these plans.

It is not known exactly when the city of Bandung was built. However, contrary to some belief the city was not originally built by the orders of Daendels (the Dutch East Indies general governor), but by the orders of Bupati R.A. Wiranatakusumah II. Hence R.A. Wiranatakusumah II is named as the founding father of Bandung.

The Dutch colonial powers built wide tree-lined boulevards, villas, gardens, and fountains, earning Bandung the nickname of "Parijs van Java", the Paris of Java, in the early 20th century. Many of these structures survive to today, and can be seen along the road leading to the Dago area north of the city.

After Indonesian independence, Bandung was named as the provincial capital of West Java (Jawa Barat).

The list of Bandung's head of city (Walikota):

Bandung was the site of the Bandung Conference which met April 18-April 24, [1955] with the aim of promoting economic and cultural cooperation among the African and Asian countries, and to counter the threat of colonialism or neocolonialism by the United States, the Soviet Union, or other imperialistic nations.

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