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Alun-Alun Bandung, City Park, Museum & Culinary in One Place

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Alun-Alun Bandung
Alun-Alun Bandung is the landmark of city. Everyday the locals gather here with friends or family. Just to sit and relax. Img: Awan Kusuma

Alun-Alun Bandung or Bandung City Square, is a 1,2-hectare public park in the heart of Bandung City, West Java. The most prominent feature of this park is Bandung Grand Mosque with its giant twins minarets. Right in front of the mosque. There’s this vast square area covered by artificial grass.

Alun-Alun Bandung even has a garden full of flower in the south of the park. The city square is located at the historical Asia Afrika street. Deemed as the zero points of Bandung. The street hosts several Bandung’s important landmarks.

Apart from the mosque constructed in 1812. Another prominent landmark here is the Merdeka building. Merdeka Building is a venue for the historic Asian-African Conference in 1955. Alun-Alun Bandung had been in a state of neglect before the mayor of Bandung instructed a thorough renovation in 2014.

Alun Alun Bandung View From The Minaret
Bandung City Square always full during the evening with locals. Street foot and hawkers across the city square make it a perfect spot to hang out. Img: Muhammad Adlan

The revitalization attempt added several new facilities, including a flower garden, trash bins, a children playground, and a bus stop. The government also regulated the street vendors that once crowding Alun-Alun Bandung. In 2018, construction of the park’s public library is currently on development.

Chill at Alun Alun Bandung Just Like The Locals

In any city in Indonesia, an Alun-Alun (city square) is a place where people come to gather. And can have an authentic local experience. Blend easily among families and group of friends coming to the park square. Just to enjoy a lovely evening.

The park with its artificial grass is a nice place to just sit and enjoy the weather. It’s spacious and the artificial grass is soft, very comfortable to lie on. The overall ambiance is great. To make everything perfect, the sight of Bandung Grand Mosque is a treat to the eyes.

Bandung Grand Mosque
Bandung Grand Mosque, People are welcome to see inside. Wear a proper dress that covers both knee and shoulder. Img: Eriko Pranawitra

The garden area is surrounded with numerous park benches. Making it also a nice place to sit and relax. Lastly, try some fitness equipment in the playground area. It’s a free gym session for everybody.

Bandung Grand Mosque’s Minarets

The biggest mosque in West Java is striking with its two tall minarets. The minarets open for public visitors from 9 AM to 4 pm daily. A lift would bring visitors up to the 16th floor, around 81 meters above the ground.

Be spoiled by the aerial view of the city from these minarets. On a sunny day, visitors can see Mount Tangkuban Perahu clearly. To go up, an entry fee of IDR 7,000 is required.

Bandung Grand Mosque Minarets Entrance Fee
Children & AdultRp7.000

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Merdeka Building

The historic landmark Gedung Merdeka (Merdeka Building) is only 2 minutes walk from Alun-Alun Bandung. Merdeka Building has a museum, The Asian-African Conference Museum. The museum provides insight about the first international summit the Asian-African Conference.

Colonial Building Bandung
Colonial Style Building Around Alun-Alun Bandung. Img: Chairunisaaza

Get a glimpse of what happened after world war II in the 50s. The 26 of newly independent states gather here. Out of one similarity. A faith of they has the right to control their own destiny as a nation. The conference also marks the first non-align movement in the world.

A refusal to participate and join either eastern or western power. After a visit to Merdeka Building. Leave with new knowledge of past colonialism, independence movements, and world politics.

A Time Travel At Asia-Afrika Street

Prepare for an architectural tour as visitors walk around Bandung’s Asia-Afrika Street. There are numerous well-preserved colonial style buildings at Asia-Afrika Street. De Vries is an art deco building that was once a grocery store. The first one built in Bandung.

Asia Africa Street Bandung
The Asia Africa street & quote. Img: Irwan Syah

The building stands across the Merdeka Building. It is now owned by a private bank. Among many art deco buildings to see here are De Majestic, Swarha Hotel, Nedhandel NV Building, and Savoy Homman Hotel.

Some of the buildings here are privately owned, serving as a bank or a fully functional hotel. Others belong to the government and inaccessible for the public visitor. Nevertheless, it is still a treat to look at the old architecture from outside. Strolling among these buildings feels like a time travel to the past.

A Piece of Europe in Java

Jalan Braga (Braga Street) in front of Merdeka Building was a hub for Dutch high society. Now it is full of artsy cafe, chic clothing store, and lively bars at every spot. The colonial style architecture remains. Preserving a European look that’s been here for since the early 20th century.

Bike Sharing in alun-alun Bandung
Bike sharing right in front of Alun Alun Bandung. With only 1k, people can use the bike to explore Bandung downtown and return the bike to the shelter. Img: Aditya Dwi Nurrahman

A visit to Braga Street will make visitors understand. Where Bandung get its name Paris Van Java or, The Paris of Java. Among things to do here is visiting decades-old restaurants that boast original recipe since the pre-independence era.

Get lost among old trinkets at one of the antique shops. The artsy coffee shops offer more modern and ‘hipster’ atmosphere, they’re also worth a visit. Lastly, shop at the fashion outlets – Bandung is also popular for its fashion scene.

Alun-Alun Bandung Opening Hours

Alun-Alun Bandung doesn’t have official opening times. It opens 24 hours daily. There’s no need to buy an entrance ticket. However, visitors will need to pay for parking, around IDR 3000 for cars and IDR 2,000 for motorcycles.

Alun-Alun Bandung Opening Hours
Every day24 Hours

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Facilities

Alun-Alun Bandung has a vast underground parking space. There are public toilets and trash bins are ready at every corner of the place. The city square has a free Wi-Fi facility. It also has children playground and public outdoor fitness equipment. There’s a food court in the basement area for food and drink.

How To Get To Alun-Alun Bandung

From Bandung Railway Station, visitors can just walk to Alun-Alun Bandung. And arrive shortly after 15 minutes. From Bandung’s Leuwipanjang Bus Terminal, Alun-Alun is accessible by Damri Bus with route Leuwipanjang-Dipati Ukur. It takes around 50 minutes to get to the city square. The fare is cheap at IDR 5,000 per trip.

A metered taxi is the only viable option for visitors coming from Husein Sastranegara Airport. There’s no public transport option with a straightforward route from the airport. A trip by car takes around 35 minutes to get to Alun-Alun Bandung.

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