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Submitted by Agustian Hermanto on July 11, 2009 – 1:46 am Comments

“Tangkuban Perahu” is an active volcano close to Bandung, the capital city of West Java. The site is a popular attraction for visitors who would like to complement their shopping experience in Bandung. The name “Tangkuban Perahu” itself means upturned boat and there is folklore behind this beautiful nature scenery.

Long time ago, the land was ruled by a King and Queen with a beautiful and smart daughter, named Dayang Sumbi. Dazed by her beauty, a Prince from the heavenly kingdom wanted to marry Dayang Sumbi. However, as citizens of the heavenly kingdom were not allowed to marry humans, the Prince promised the King that after they conceive a child, he would transform into a dog.

After giving birth to a son named Sangkuriang, the Prince transformed into a dog called Tumang. As a child, Sangkuriang loved to hunt animals and forage fruits in the forests. One day, Sangkuriang accidentally missed his target, a deer, and killed Tumang instead. He went home and informed Dayang Sumbi of this accident. Surprised and upset, she hit Sangkuriang with a tool which left a scar on his forehead. Sangkuriang got upset and he left the house.

After overcoming her grieves, Dayang Sumbi started to look for Sangkuriang. During her search, she fell asleep and in her dreams, Tumang instructed her to look for his heart and eat it. Afterwards, she turned into prettier and younger woman.

As time passed by, Sangkuriang fell in love with a village girl, who was actually Dayang Sumbi. A day before their wedding, Dayang Sumbi finally realized who Sangkuriang was. Horrified, she promised to marry him only if he could build a lake and a beautiful boat before sunrise.

To help him on this impossible task, Sangkuriang summoned mythical ogres. As Dayang Sumbi saw that this task could be achieved, she tricked Sangkuriang into believing that sunrise had arrived by spreading red silk cloths east of the village. He then angrily kicked the unfinished boat to a valley, which then transformed into “Tangkuban Perahu”.

With his remaining power, he also destroyed the half-finished dam & the water flowed out from the lake. The drained lake became a wide plain and nowadays, became the foundation of Bandung (from the word “Bendung”, which means Dam).

Tangkuban Perahu

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