Tangkuban Perahu, West Java

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Tangkuban Perahu seen from Bandung

Tangkuban Perahu (or Tangkuban Parahu in local Sundanese dialect) is a volcanic mountain, located about 30km north of Bandung City, West Java. Tangkuban Perahu Mt looks like an inverted boat if viewed from Bandung. Tangkuban means up-turned, and Perahu means boat. This mountain shapes inspire the old-age society to make a folk tale about the origin of Tangkuban Perahu according to The Legend of Sangkuriang.
Tangkuban Perahu
Many activities you can do here, such as; hiking, camping, or just stroll through the forest and enjoy its natural beauty. It has three craters, these are: Kawah Ratu (Queen Crater), Kawah Domas (Domas Crater) and Kawah Upas (Upas Crater). Tourists can go down into the Kawah Domas that has a lot of geysers. Kawah Ratu is still active and sometimes release poisonous gases, so we can not go down into the crater. Kawah Upas, is the oldest crater, it's constantly release sulfurous gases which is destroy the surrounding vegetation.

Kawah Ratu - Queen Crater
geyser - Kawah Domas (Domas Crater)
tourists at Kawah Domas
Kawah Upas - Upas Crater
This volcano is still active. Mild eruptions occurred in 1969, when Kawah Ratu spewed ash and barrages 500 m high. In September 1992 this mountain was closed to the public for a few days because unusually high seismic activity leads volcanologist to fear a new eruption. On the mountain's northern flank is an area called Death Valley, so named for its frequent accumulation of poisonous gases.
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