Region: West Java
Geographic Coordinates: -6.840000, 107.921000
Temperature Range: 20.0°C to 30.0°C (68°F to 86°F)
Sumedang is a regency located in the West Java province of Indonesia, Approximately 140 kilometers east of Jakarta, The capital city of Indonesia. Sumedang has a rich history and culture that dates back to the 16th century when it was ruled by the Sultanate of Cirebon. One of Sumedang’s most famous landmarks is the Candi Pangalengan temple, Built during King Siliwangi’s reign in 1475. The temple boasts unique architecture and intricate carvings that depict various Hindu deities. Another popular attraction in Sumedang is Gunung Tampomas, A dormant volcano standing at an elevation of 1, 684 meters above sea level.
The mountain offers breathtaking views and hiking trails for adventure enthusiasts. Sumedang also boasts several traditional markets where visitors can buy local handicrafts and souvenirs such as batik fabrics, Woven baskets, And wooden carvings. One such market is Pasar Kliwonan which opens every five days according to Javanese calendar. The culinary scene in Sumedang is also something worth exploring with its iconic dish tahu sumedang (fried tofu) becoming famous across Indonesia. Other must-try dishes include nasi tutug oncom (rice mixed with fermented soybean), Mie kocok (beef noodle soup), And es dawet ayu (sweet coconut milk drink with rice flour jelly).
In terms of education, Sumedang hosts several reputable universities including Universitas Padjadjaran’s Faculty of Agriculture Campus III located near Mount Tampomas. Sumedang has a strong tradition in arts and culture with various festivals held throughout the year such as Garebeg Maulud Festival celebrating Prophet Muhammad’s birthday or wayangan puppet show performances depicting Indonesian folklore stories like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Sumedang offers a unique blend of history, Culture, Nature, And culinary delights. It is an ideal destination for travelers looking to experience the authentic side of Indonesia beyond the typical tourist hotspots.
- Situ Cileunca – a beautiful lake surrounded by lush green hills and rice paddies.
- Taman Wisata Alam Manglayang – a nature park with hiking trails and scenic views of the surrounding mountains.
- Gunung Tangkuban Parahu – an active volcano with hot springs and stunning panoramic views.
- Kampung Naga – a traditional village that has preserved its ancient customs and way of life for centuries.
- Pulosari Waterfall – a picturesque waterfall set in the middle of a forested area.
- Candi Cangkuang Temple – an ancient Hindu temple dating back to the 8th century AD.
- Rice cultivation
- Cassava farming
- Vegetable production
- Textile manufacturing
- Food processing
- Tofu production
- Tempeh production
- Bamboo weaving
- Small-scale industries
- Traditional medicine
- Herbal remedies using local plants
Sumedang’s natural beauty and cultural heritage make it an attractive destination for tourists. Handicrafts such as bamboo weaving are a popular local industry that provides employment opportunities for many people. Another noteworthy industry in Sumedang is traditional medicine which uses local plants to produce herbal remedies. This sector has gained recognition due to its effectiveness in treating various ailments. Overall, Sumedang’s diverse range of industries plays a vital role in the economy of the region by providing employment opportunities and contributing to its growth and development.
- The Sumedang Kingdom was founded in the 16th century by Prince Kian Santang, who is a legendary figure in Sundanese history.
- The Dutch East India Company (VOC) defeated the Sumedang Kingdom in the Battle of Bunguraya in 1678.
- Raden Ajeng Kartini, a prominent Indonesian national heroine who fought for women’s rights and education during the colonial period, was born in Sumedang.
- Padjadjaran University was established in 1957 and is now one of Indonesia’s leading universities.
- Sumedang played a significant role as an important center for resistance and guerrilla warfare during the Indonesian National Revolution against Dutch colonialism.
- Notable figures from Sumedang include Nani Wartabone (a writer), Haji Misbach (a politician), and Dede Yusuf (an actor).
- Wayang golek puppetry, angklung music, jaipongan dance, pencak silat martial arts performance are traditional cultural practices and arts associated with Sumedang.
- In recent years, Sumedang has become known for its agricultural products such as rice paddies, coffee plantations, fruit orchards and dairy farming industry which produces high-quality milk products like cheese made from buffalo milk called dodol susu kerbau.
- Museum Prabu Geusan Ulun
- Situs Batujaya
- Candi Cangkuang
- Museum Pendidikan Indonesia Kusuma Negara
- Kampung Adat Ciptagelar
- Masjid Agung Sumedang
- Taman Wisata Alam Gunung Tampomas
- Pasar Sumedang Lama (traditional market)
- Rumah Sakit Jiwa Daerah Sumedang (historical mental hospital)
- Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat Jawa Barat (monument of West Java people’s struggle)
- The Ngalaksa Festival is an annual celebration in Sumedang that honors the harvest season with a variety of traditional performances, including music, dance, and a parade of beautifully decorated carts filled with agricultural products.
- The Kuda Renggong Festival is another cultural event that takes place during Ramadan and highlights the Sundanese art of horseback riding and acrobatics.
- The Bumi Gora Festival celebrates Sumedang’s diverse ethnic groups through traditional dance performances, music shows, and food stalls.
- For martial arts enthusiasts, the Pencak Silat Championship brings together practitioners from all over Indonesia to compete in various categories.
- Those interested in puppet theater will enjoy the Wayang Golek Festival which showcases master puppeteers performing this ancient art form while also offering workshops for visitors to learn about it themselves.
- The Karinding Festival features live music performances by karinding players from all over Indonesia – this unique bamboo instrument produces distinct sounds when played with different techniques.
- During Pasundan Fashion Week local designers showcase modern interpretations of traditional clothing styles incorporating Sundanese motifs into their creations.
- Finally, visitors can experience rural Sundanese culture firsthand at Kampung Naga Cultural Village Tour – a remote village near Sumedang that preserves its ancient traditions through architecture, customs and rituals dating back centuries ago; guided tours are organized by locals themselves!
- Nasi Tutug Oncom – a dish made with rice mixed with oncom (fermented soybean cake) and served with various side dishes such as fried chicken, tempeh, tofu, and vegetables. Some recommended places to try this dish are Warung Nasi Tutug Oncom Pak Asep Stroberi and Warung Makan Ibu Nur.
- Sate Maranggi – grilled skewered meat (usually beef or lamb) marinated in traditional spices such as turmeric and served with peanut sauce and rice cake. Some famous places to try this dish are Sate Maranggi Mang Deden, Sate Maranggi Haji Endut, and Sate Maranggi Cibungur.
- Es Dawet Ayu – a sweet dessert made of coconut milk, pandan-flavored jelly cubes called dawet, palm sugar syrup, shaved ice, and sometimes added with fruits such as jackfruit or avocado. You can find this refreshing dessert at Es Dawet Ayu Pak Harun or Es Dawet Ayu Bu Eni.
- Bakso Sumedang – a type of meatball soup made from ground beef mixed with tapioca flour that gives it a chewy texture. It is usually served with noodles or rice vermicelli in hot broth along with other toppings like fried onions and celery leaves. You can try this dish at Bakso Sumedang Tahu Gejrot Mbak Endah or Bakso Malih Kang Ade.
- Kue Ape – a snack made from batter consisting of flour, eggs, sugar cooked on a special pan that gives it its unique shape resembling an ape’s face (hence the name). It is usually filled with chocolate sprinkles or cheese before being folded into half-moon shapes before serving hot off the pan. Some famous places to try this snack are Kue Ape 99 and Kue Ape Mas Bambang.
- Taman Kota Sumedang (Sumedang City Park)
- Taman Wisata Alam Gunung Tampomas (Gunung Tampomas Nature Park)
- Kolam Renang Surya Kencana (Surya Kencana Swimming Pool)
- Lapangan Sepak Bola Ganesha Sumedang (Ganesha Sumedang Football Field)
- Lapangan Purnawarman Sumedang (Purnawarman Sumedang Field)
- Lapangan Badminton Surya Kencana (Surya Kencana Badminton Court)
- Sungai Cimanuk Rafting Adventure
- Camping and hiking at Gunung Tangkuban Parahu National Park
- Fishing at Situ Cipanten or Situ Sangiang Lake
- Cycling around the scenic countryside of Sumedang