White Crater is a tourist place in the most famous Bandung. Located in Ciwidey, West Java, approximately 50 KM south of the city of Bandung, White crater is a lake formed as a result of the eruption of Mount Patuha. True to its name, the land in this region as a result of mixing white elemental sulfur. In addition to the white soil, water lake White Crater area also has a greenish-white color and can change color according to the sulfur content contained, temperature, and weather.
White crater Ciwidey in a mountainous region which has an altitude of more than 2,400 meters above sea level. With the altitude, the air temperature in the White Crater of course cold with a temperature of 8 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius, therefore, do not forget to bring a jacket or wear thick clothes.
In addition to its beauty to be enjoyed by the tourists, White crater Ciwidey also often the place of other activities, such as filming, painting, wedding photos, up to climbing and horse riding activities.
History of White Crater
Stories about White Crater began in the 10th century where there is a severe eruption by Patuha. After this eruption, many people assume that this location is haunted region because every bird that flew past the region will die.
Over time, the confidence of the haunted this place began to fade, until finally in 1837 there was a botanist with the German national came to the region to conduct research. Researcher named Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn is very interested in the desolate mountain region which is not even a bird flying over it so he went around the village to look for information. At that time, all the information he got was that the kasawan haunted and inhabited by spirits.
For Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, the local community statement is absurd. Because it does not believe these stories, he went into the jungle to find out what was there. Long story short, eventually Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn managed to reach the top of the mountain, and from there he saw where a wonderful lake is white with a pungent sulfur smell.
Since then, the existence of the White crater Ciwidey became famous and started from 1987, the government develop this area as a tourist spot that offers a unique experience of seeing the lake which can change color.
Ways to White Crater
White crater is located at Jalan Raya Soreang Ciwidey KM 25 is located not far from the tourist attractions Situ and can be reached easily when you carry a personal vehicle because there are many signposts. From Jakarta, you only need to use the toll lanes Cipularang and exit through the toll booth Kopo. From there you have to go to Soreang and drive to the south of Ciwidey.
When using public transportation, you can ride public transportation from Long Leuwi terminal leading to the terminal Ciwidey. Ciwidey terminal, you can use public transportation leading Situ and down in front of the gates of the White crater.
White Crater Facilities
Because it has been developed as a tourist area, White crater have traveled the convenience of supporting facilities are adequate, namely:
Large parking area
- Transport from the front gate to the crater
- Information center
- Restaurants and food stalls
The price of admission White Crater Ciwidey
The price of admission White Crater on weekdays and holidays and weekends are the same, namely 15,000 rupiah per person, while the rate of vehicles is as follows:
- Parking on (car): 150,000 Rupiah
- Parking on (motor): 35,000 Rupiah
- Ontang earrings: 13,000 Rupiah
- Underground parking (car): 6,000 Rupiah
- Underground parking (motor): 5000 Rupiah
- Underground parking (bus): 25,000 Rupiah
What is meant by the upper parking is bring your vehicle to the location of the crater, the bus can not park at the top. The purpose of the underground car park is park your vehicle at the entrance and then you can go up ontang-rings to get to the crater.
What it ontang-earrings? Ontang earrings derived from the Sundanese language meaning ‘fro’ and is a term for a typical vehicle Ciwidey White crater. This form of mini-bus vehicle that has been modified to be open and equipped with safety. Maximum capacity for 1 ontang-rings are 12 people, but do not worry do not get a place because there are a lot of ontang rings operating in this region.
Opening hours White Crater Ciwidey
These attractions are open daily from 7am to 5pm.
White crater travel tips
In order for your trip to White Crater more comfortable, consider the following tips:
- Cool temperatures does not mean you are safe from the sun, use a sunblock before the activity in White Crater
- If you are not strong with the smell of sulfur, bawahlah mask
- If it does not have a mask, you can buy it at the location
- Do not be too long in the crater because it can make your breathing is interrupted, you can rise briefly to the top and then back again to the crater if they want to see the sights of White Crater
- If your group consists of a few people, vehicles should be parked at the gate and then continued using ontang-rings because it is cheaper, but that with ontang earrings you can enjoy views of the mountains with a clear debt