About Bandung


Bandung, City of Flowers, is the provincial capital of West Java and Indonesia’s third largest city. Known in colonial times as the Paris of Java because of its European ambiance and sophistication, Bandung shares with Miami a fine legacy of Tropical Deco architecture dating from the 1920’s. Situated on a plateau in the beautiful Parahyangan Mountains, Bandung’s pleasant climate and lush surroundings have offered an escape from the heat of the lowlands since the mid19th century when it was the heart of the region’s most prosperous plantation area. Host to the historic Asia Africa conference in 1955, Bandung is now become a center of higher education, known as Education City and also Creative City. Today’s Bandung is a sprawling city of 2.7 million people and suffers from many of the same problems as other Indone- sian cities.Traffic is congested, old buildings have been torn down, and once idyllic residences have turned into business premises. Jalan Asia-Afrika, the former Grote Postweg, still remains as one of Bandung’s main thoroughfares and con- nects together the Alun-alun (city square) with many of the city’s colonial landmarks. Recently, UNESCO announced Bandung City as listed in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, and Bandung has also become a host of ATF in 2012.