Cirebon

Hello ... I'm Vella, a student of SMAN 5 Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. I'm in 11th grade and I'm 17 years old. My hobby is traveling.

Last holiday, I visited my aunt in Cirebon, northern coast of West Java, and flat "Kuda Lumping" joined me.

This is the picture of traditional carriage which is rarely found nowadays, its names is "Kereta Kencana". It is carried by a two horses.

We find it in the "Keraton Kecirebonan", Kesultanan Palace in Cirebon. It is never used anymore but it's showed to the visitors who visit the Palace

. If you go to Cirebon, don't miss it! It is about 4 hours from Jakarta or from Bandung by car.

This is the ancient Javanese letters which is printed in the stone. Original people called it "Batu Tulis". It was made 1808.

Only a few peoples understand the meaning of the words. But it's the symbol of "Kesultanan Palace".

This ancient Javanese letters are still found in the specific places in Java, not to be read but just the symbol of the ancient time.

It is another traditional carriage. It was pulled by a man. It names it "Kereta Paksi". We can't find it everywhere, because it belongs to Kesultanan Palace.

 Can you see the ornaments? It is very unique, isn't it? In this picture, we can see how happy "Kuda Lumping" rides this carriage.

This picture is the gate of Traffic Garden "Ade Irma Suryani". Ade Irma Suryani is Jendral Nasution's daughter, who was killed by communist.

Many recreation places for children named after her because she was killed when she was 5 years old.

"Kuda Lumping" and I are in the verandah of the Palace. When there is a meeting for the family of Kesultanan, it's always held here.

The verandah is called "Prabayaksa" room.

"Kuda Lumping" is among traditional music instruments from Cirebon. Its name is "Genjring Santri".

"Kuda Lumping" looks happily near the traditional sculpture. People called it "Wadasan" which means "the monkey's forest".

 

"Kuda Lumping" is riding a becak. It is traditional becak. It is different from becak in other region, not only the ornament but also the shape.

 It is covered only when it rainy and sunny.

What do you think the people are doing? They are preparing performance in traditional music concert.

They are the dancers of "Sanggar Seni Sekar Pandan".

The picture is taken from Traffic Garden "Ade Irma Suryani". From here we can see the beautiful beach especially on sunset.

"Kuda Lumping" tries to learn how to play Gamelans. The people from Cirebon call them Gamelan Gengglong.

 

This is the report of "Kuda Lumping" traveling to Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia.

Composed by Vella Astria from SMAN 5 Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.