Babakan Siliwangi is a forest located in the heart of Bandung. Baksil, how locals call it, covers a 3,8-hectare C-shaped area at Siliwangi, Coblong, Bandung. Being one of the few remaining forests in the city. Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi is where locals go for a quick escape among the greens.
This forest got a certification as a world urban forest from the United Nations in 2011. The history of Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi dated back since the colonial era. Babakan Siliwangi was called Lebak Gede. It was already a public space for Bandung citizens at the time.
Along with the green open space, the architect of the city during the time also built a garden called Taman Sari and a zoo, later known as Bandung Zoo. After the independence of Indonesia. Several attempts of privatization and commercialization were made.
This caused controversy among the government and public. In 2013, the forests returned fully to government care and became freely accessible for public. In 2017, the government set up a pedestrian bridge, named Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi.
The Forest Walk
A 2,2 km sky bridge crossing through the forest. Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi claims to be the longest forest walk in ASEAN. It is built 3-4 m above the ground. The average width is 1,5 m. And in several spots, the bridge is wider with several park benches available for resting.
Since the beginning of the trail, there is both an air of comfort and mystery coming from this forest. Sunlight gradually penetrates the dense green canopy. The noise of a busy city is nowhere to be heard. The air is fresh and cool, free from any pollution.
Enjoy trekking in forest walk, either by walking or jogging. Once in a while, spot a squirrel hopping from one tree to another. The bird is another type of animal inhibiting Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi. Listen closely to their chirping. Like humans, these animals also find joy in this limited green space of Bandung.
Saraga Ganesha is a sports complex belong to Bandung Institute of Technology. It is open for public and located next to Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi. Consider Saraga a next level after the forest walk.
Use its athletic track if visitors want to do more than a casual morning jog. The arena also an Olympic standard swimming pool open for public, perfect for anyone who wants to swim afterward.
Sanggar Olah Seni or the art gallery is perhaps the only good thing left from the 80s. Back when Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi was a commercialized area. The art studio was built by the artists association of Bandung. The studio is both a gallery and a workshop.
It routinely holds art training where the public can participate. Its gallery is also open for visitors. Visitors can find Sanggar Olah Seni near the exit of Forest Walk. Pick between the painting course and the sculpting class. The instructors here are among Bandung’s finest artists and sculptors.
Sanggar Olah Seni doesn’t charge a fee for its workshops. The underlying idea is inspiring, to make art education as accessible as possible to everyone. However, visitors can give a donation. The amount for the donation is voluntary.
Located only 1,3 km from the forest walk, Bandung zoo is hard to miss. Built in 1933, this zoo is almost as old as Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi itself. Entry fee is affordable at IDR 40,000 per visitor. Make a stop here if the sight of squirrels and birds from the forest walk is not enough. There are 213 species of animal at Bandung Zoo, enough to entertain visitors for the rest of the day.
Opening Hours & Entrance Fee
Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi has a free entrance for all visitors. Visitors only need to pay for parking, IDR 5000 for a car and IDR 3,000 for a motorcycle. The forest walk has no operational hours. It’s open for 24 hours and tourists do not need to worry when visiting at night. The place is well lit-up and there are security guards available during the night.
|Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi Opening Hours|
|Every day||24 Hours|
|Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi Entrance Fee|
|Children & Adult||Free Admission|
Every 15 meters, there is a trash bin available on the forest walk. Babakan Siliwangi is also equipped with Wifi in some spots. Near the entrance, visitors can find street food vendors selling snacks and drinks.
Basic facilities at Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi include ample parking space and toilets. As for accommodation, since the forest is located in a busy area, it’s easy to find a hotel nearby.
How To Get To Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi
Forest Walk Babakan Siliwangi is easy to reach from any point of the city. It takes less than 30 minutes to get to the forest. From either Bandung Airport or Bandung Railway Station. The most convenient way to get there is by taxi. Hail a metered cab or use an online taxi service.
There is a public van route Ciroyom-Cicaheum which stops in front of the forest walk’s entrance. Use this public van if visitors happen to be in an area passed by this transport line. A trip typically costs around IDR 9,000. Another option, visitors can rent a private car if planning to visit several places in a day. Renting a car costs from IDR 400,000 for a day trip.
Babakan Siliwangi Address & Location
The forest walks located in the downtown, Jalan Tamansari No.73, Lb. Siliwangi, Coblong, Bandung, West Java 40132.