Monday, 26 September 2011

Linggarjati Museum (Gedung Naskah Linggarjati)

This is an old Dutch colonial house set on the foothills of Ciremai Mountain. In Indonesian history it is a very important place where the Dutch and Indonesian authorities sign the treaty to give Indonesia back to the Indonesian government while being monitored by British officials in November 1946.

View of the villa with Ciremai Mountain in the bacground.

This is a pleasant old Dutch villa set in some nice gardens and worth a quick look if your in the area. The buildings are kept in an original colonial style.Throughout the building are many old black and white photographs from the press at the time of negotiations there. If your a colonial history buff this is definitely worth a look but even if your not it's a nice place to stretch your legs if you are on the way to other tourist spots. A donation is expected by visitors put what you feel is enough but please do give as they rely heavily on these donations for the upkeep/staff of the villa. Website in English

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Nearby here:
Ciremai Mountain: The small road going up the mountain after the villa is the start point for a trek to the summit of Ciremai mountain. It's a difficult walk taking between 8 and 12 hours. If you want to do this trek you really should get a guide as the trail is very easy to lose. Every year some people go missing on this mountain. At the first post about 200m behind Linggarjati Villa you can easily arrange locals guides to take you. Please don't try this without guides. There are 2 other start points to climb Ciremai at the time of this posting the other 2 were recommended above this start point. go to for more professional info about this mountain.

: Linggarjati Park (Wisata Linggarjati Indah) a recreation park set amongst pine trees. Features include Peddle boats, horse riding (beginners with guide), karaoke, swimming pools with various slides, souvenir shops, fishing and a small outbound course. Not the best place to go but good enough to keep the kids (or big kids) entertained for a couple of hours.

Fish Therapy. The hotel next to the above mentioned park has fish therapy which is good for skin disorders or just for a laugh if you've never tried.

Model inside the villa showing all the participants of the meetings held here.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Belawa Turtle Park

This is a small place that may be of interest to animal lovers, situated about 20 km from Cirebon city centre. The turtles (not sure if they are turtles/terrapins or tortoise) here are endemic to this small area outside Cirebon. The Latin name for this species is "Tortoise Aquatic Ortilia Norneensis". They grow to be about 100kg or more. I have tried to contact turtle conservation groups for more info on these turtles but have not been successful. The myths of the local people says that they cannot be raised/bred anywhere but this area. There are stories of people taking these turtles away to other places but the turtle always die or disappear from their new surroundings. There is a breeding program here to try and repopulate this very rare species of turtle. Unfortunately like many places in Indonesia they are under-funded so the place isn't really too nice. The workers will gladly show you around and if your lucky you may get to see hatchlings breaking out of their eggs.

Since I was last at this place about 70% of the turtle population contracted a disease and died. I have heard that many of the big ones have gone now, such a shame as there were turtles here over 100 years old. After the tragedy there was some money injected into this small park to improve water and living conditions so I can't comment on the state of the place now.

There is a legend surrounding these turtle and a local boy hundreds of years ago. I haven't been able to find a good translation (google translate sucks) but will add the story and an update of the state of the place and the health of the turtles as soon as I get back out there.

Also having trouble locating the place on google so again I will update soon with google link. It is in the Kanci area 20km East of Cirebon off the main coast road.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Cirebon Cuisine

In Cirebon you can find hundreds of food stalls, resto, food carts, cafes with foods from all over Indonesia. The 5 must tries are all originally from the Cirebon.