Bandarlampung: a beautiful gateaway

Lampung's sky view

Perched on the hills overlooking Lampung Bay, Bandarlampung is the capital and largest city of Lampung, the southern-most province on the island of Sumatra. The city acts as an inter-island hub and main gateway to Sumatra from Java. As the fourth largest city in Sumatra, Bandarlampung plays a pivotal role in the development and economic activities of the island. Located approximately 165 kms northwest of Jakarta, the city is the starting point for visitors before making trips to the Way Kambas National Park, the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, the still active remants of Mount Krakatau, and many other attractions found throughout this province.

Bandarlampung is an amalgamation of two separate towns; Tanjungkarang on the hilly areas and Teluk Betung on the coast of Lampung Bay. In 1990, the two towns, along with Panjang area converged into a single integrated city.

History recorded that during the catastrophic eruption of Mount Karakatau in 1883, the town of Teluk Betung suffered the heaviest blow. From a total of 36,000 million who died that day, almost half were residents of Teluk Betung. As a reminder of this disaster, a huge steel buoy that was washed up from the sea has been made as monument commemorating this huge eruption and ensuing tsunami. Set in a small park on Veteran Street, the Krakatau Monument shows the sheer power of the eruption, and tsunami when a half-ton steel material could end up so far away from shore.

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