Tangkuban Prahu

Tangkuban Prahu,Kawah Ratu
Kawah Ratu - Queen Crater - view from the car park

There are three craters to see at Tangkuban Prahu. Kawah Ratu is known as the Queen Crater, Kawah Upas is a smaller crater next to it, and Kawah Domas is about an hour’s walk away on a trail that is very easy to follow. It’s something you won’t want to miss when you’re in Bandung. It’s accessible by car, and quite easy to get to.

Tangkuban Prahu,Kawah Ratu
Kawah Ratu - Queen Crater - standing between Kawah Ratu and Kawah Upas

Kawah Ratu is right next to the car park. From there, a trail leads around the rim to Kawah Upas. It takes about an hour on a very gentle and well marked trail through a beautiful forest of Manarasa trees.

Tangkuban Prahu,Kawah Upas
Kawah Upas- Secondary crater - standing between Kawah Ratu and Kawah Upas
Manarasa Trees
Manarasa Trees are abundant around Kawah Ratu, and Kawah Upas.
Manarasa Tree
The red leaf from the Manarasa tree tastes like an apple and is said to have medicinal properties such as improved circulation and relieving Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Dragon Vine
The leaves and the root of this plant – Dragon Vine – is said to have medicinal properties as a pain reliever. Seep the leaves, or boil the root to make tea.
Dragon Vine Root
Boiling the root of the Dragon Vine is said to have medicinal properties as a pain reliever.
Tangkuban Prahu
Along the path to Kawah Ratu, and Kawah Upas.
Tangkuban Prahu
Building a new rain shelter - all hand tools.

When you return to the car park, there is another trail behind the information booth that leads to Kawah Domas – a crater alive with boiling water, and hissing vents spewing out yellow sulfur gas – a truly impressive sight!

The information booth attendant is likely to tell you that a guide is required, but that’s not the case. They want an exorbitant fee of Rp.250,000 for a very short, easy trek.

Tangkuban Prahu,Kawah Domas
Kawah Domas
Tangkuban Prahu,Kawah Domas
Kawah Domas

Tangkuban Prahu (upside down boat) has its name because of a legend. A long, long time ago, a powerful queen named Dayang Sumbi, disowned her son, Prince Sangkuriang, because he had disobeyed her. As a further punishment, she forced him into exile.

As the years passed, Sangluriang became homesick, and he decided to return to his homeland. Upon his arrival, he met and fell in love with a most beautiful woman, and decided to marry her. The woman’s name was Dayang Sumbi – his mother.
Dayang Sumbi, being the powerful queen she was, had been granted the power of eternal youth by the Gods, so she would forever retain the beauty of her youth.

Blissfully unaware of each other’s true identity, the two courted passionately as they planned their wedding. Then, one day the Queen saw her son’s birthmark and realized who he was.

Realizing she needed a way out of the wedding, Dayang Sumbi challenged Sangkuriang to a task that would prove his manhood, and his worthiness to marry her. He was to build a large boat in a single night. So she could watch his progress, he was to build the boat on top of a nearby volcano.

Unknown to Dayang Sumbi, her son also had the favor of the God’s. He summoned their aid, and they sent an army of giants to help him.

When she saw he would complete the task, she used her power to cover the eastern sky in red silk cloth, making it appear the sun had risen.

Thinking he had failed, Sangkuriang went into a fit of rage, and kicked over his almost completed boat. Over the years, the nameless volcano came to be known as Tangkuban Prahu, or “upside-down boat” in Sundanese.

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