Bandung is the third largest city in Indonesia on the island of Java. When you arrive in Bandung, the first thing you will notice is its spectacular greenery. Streets and roads throughout the city are lined with trees, and there are parks scattered throughout Bandung, offering a retreat away from the hustle and bustle. Bandung’s beauty makes it the perfect location for those seeking a vibrant life with silent hideaways, and that’s also the reason why many of Jakarta’s city dwellers love to escape for weekends and holidays in this marvellous city.
Bandung is perhaps most notably famous for its history with the Dutch East India Company (VOC). In the 17th and 18th century, the European powers created small plantations in Bandung, paving a road to Batavia (today’s Jakarta) which was completed in 1786. The Dutch influence can still be felt today, the city is famous for its European architecture offering a unique mix of eastern and western culture. Away from the city itself, you will find a breathtaking string of mountains. Here you can enjoy adventure activities and outdoor sports when you’re not teaching in the heart of the city.
- Population: 2.7 million
- Transportation: Small local airport, one main train station with some smaller stations and several long-distance bus stations. Plenty of very cheap public buses (angkot), becaks (pedicabs),ojeks (motorbikes), and friendly taxi drivers
- Language: Bahasa Indonesia, Sundanese, English
- Climate: Bandung is categorised by its tropical climate. However, the beautiful Parahyangan mountains help to keep temperatures mild and pleasant throughout the year and never extremely hot
- EF English First’s flagship school opened on the second of April 1996
- EF English First has 5 Schools in Bandung
WHAT MAKES BANDUNG UNIQUE?
- Architecture: Dutch colonial style buildings & neighbourhoods
- Ram fighting: Villages around Bandung host ram fights on alternate Sundays
- Religious Influences: Home to the world famous Cipaganti Mosque, built in 1933
- Kawah Putih: Kawah Putih is a beautiful lake situated inside a volcanic crater
- Situ Patengan Tea Plantation: Drive or take a paddle boat through this beautiful plantation
- Basreng: Spicy snack made from fried meatballs
- Batagor: Like Siomay but it is fried instead of being steamed, served similarly with peanut paste and sweet soy sauce