TAMAN HUTAN RAYA
(Great Forest Park)
This post is specifically about the Japanese Caves located on the north side of Bandung, Indonesia. The caves were dug by Indonesian forced labor during WWII for Japanese defense purposes. In the same area there are also Dutch Caves, used by them during their colonial period. The Dutch cave was formerly a hydro power generator.The location of this park can be found by clicking this link.
The caves are located in a forested area, which is called by several names;
1) Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda (or just “Taman Hutan Raya”)
2) Hutan Dago (Dago Forest)
3) Ir. H. Djuanda Botanical Garden
4) Taman Hutan Raya Djuanda
5) Pulosari Mountain
6) Curug Dago Natural Park
7) Juanda Forest Park
8) Juanda Forest Reserve
9)Taman Hutan Rakyat, or its abbreviation“TAHURA”
10) Tahura Juanda
The variety of names leaves would be tourists a little confused, wondering if this is the same place or not. Evidently the park had its name changed on January 14, 1985 to commemorate the birth date of an Indonesian hero and engineer, Ir. H. Djuanda.
Things that can be seen at this park:
1. 590 hectares forest filled with a variety of plant life.
2. Japanese Caves (Gua Jepang).
3. Dutch Cave (Gua Belanda).
4. Hiking trail along the side of Cikapundung River.
5. Monument to Ir. H. Djuanda.
6. Three waterfalls along this trail:
Curug Dago—10 meter-high (32.8 feet) Close by this waterfall is a site commemorating a 1896 visit from the Thailand King, Chulalongkorn II (Rama V).
Curug Omas—35 meter-high (114.8 feet)
Curug Lalay—This falls has a cave nearby that has thousands of bats.
We highly recommend anyone who visits the city of Bandung to take a day out of their schedule and see the sites here at the “Taman Hutan Raya.”