Mount Tangkuban Perahu

tangkuban_perahu.jpgMount Tangkuban Perahu located in Lembang, 30 km north of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. Actually, Tangkuban Perahu is an active volcano. Named by Tangkuban Perahu in Sundanese dialect, because Tangkuban Perahu shape resembles an upturned boat. There are interesting legends associated with this fascinating region.

One a time ago in west java there are Dayang Sumbi, a beautiful woman who cast away her son Sangkuriang for disobedience. Sangkuriang blessed eternal power by the god. After long time in exile, Sangkuriang decided to come back homes. Becase Sangkuriang grew up into a handsome man, so they don’t recognize each other. Unwittingly Sangkuriang fell in love with Dayang Sumbi and intend to marry.

But, eventually Dayang Sumbi recognize Sangkuriang because his birthmark on his body. To prevent the marriage with his son, Dayang Sumbi asked Sangkuriang to build a dam on the river Citarum as well as making a big boat as a condition of marriage. And both must be completed before sunrise.

Sangkuriang undertakes request by Dayang Sumbi and called Buta Hijo(a mythical ogre-green giant) to help him.  Looking at the task she gave almost done, so Dayang Sumbi asked his assistants to spread red silk fabric in the eastern city as the impression that the sun will rise. Sangkuriang cheated and kicked the dam and the unfinished boat, resulting in flooding and the creation of Tangkuban Perahu from the hull.

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