There are numerous valuable Indonesian treasures you can find in Banten, West Java. The vast province of Banten lies on the westerly side of Java, where historically it once served as an independent sultanate. Banten does offer a lot of tourist attractions such as beaches, coastal resorts, busy cities and interesting towns. All of them are spread around its four smaller regencies and within its subsequent main cities of Cilegon, Serang (the capital city), Tangerang and also South Tangerang.
Back to the 5th century, Banten province was actually a part of the ancient Tarumanagara (Taruma) kingdom. Some traces of this period are still observable in some areas, such as Lebak, where a well-preserved stone inscription stands alongside the Cidanghiang River. Today, tourism in Banten has become a prosperous element, and with so many things to explore, tourist information centers are always ready in all of the biggest cities and towns.
Valuable Indonesian Treasures in Banten
The most popular and valuable Indonesian treasures around Banten mostly cover the region’s sandy beaches, with the best of these including Anyer, Karang Bolong, Labuan and Carita beaches. The latter of them has distant views of the worldly famous Mount Krakatoa.
Moreover, various kinds of water sports are provided around the beaches, ranging from windsurfing, water skiing and jet-skiing, to scuba diving, snorkeling and fun rides on inflatable banana boats, and glass-bottom boat cruises. Ujung Kulon National Park is also popularly known for its beaches and coral reefs, as well as its wonderful wildlife and jungle treks. You can find wild animals right in their real habitat.
For those doing serious bird watching, Pulau Dua Bird Sanctuary, located on the island of Pulau Dua, is one of the best that Indonesia has to offer. Families will likely prefer the water slides at Tangerang Ocean Park. You can find more information about best desinations in Banten to give you much better glimpse of what you can find in Banten.
Moreover, a collection of different landmarks comprising fortresses, palaces, temples and towers are spread around Banten province. Particularly notable is Anyer Lighthouse (Bojong Tower), which was erected as a memorial to remember those who lost their lives when the Krakatoa volcano erupted in 1883. In Pamarican, both the Avalokiteshvara Temple and the Speelwijk Fort warrant a look, as does to Kaibon Palace (Keraton Kaibon) at Kroya.
In Banten Village, the majestic Grand Mosque (Mesjid Agung) showcases the very best elements of Islamic architecture dating back to the mid-16th century. You can find more information about Banten Landmarks and Monuments.
Unfortunately, there really aren’t many museums or local art galleries within the central towns and cities although Banten may well be a huge province. Next, close to Serang and on the northern coastline, Banten Village becomes the home to the acclaimed Archaeological Museum, that is among the region’s best cultural offerings containing a series of valuable information and exhibits relating to traditional ‘wayang’ puppetry, natural history, marital arts, the area’s rich maritime heritage and Indonesian handicrafts.
In fact, Banten is large enough to explore for many weeks without running out of interesting places. Its proximity to further cities, towns and attractions means that day trips are even often appealing and tempting to stay there longer. As the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta becomes the number one excursion from the province and you can go there with just a short drive from Banten’s north-easterly city of Tangerang. Close by and to the east are the cities of Bogor (Kota Bogor) and Depok, while to the north-west is the island of Sumatra. Moreover, cruises around the island of Krakatoa and its legendary volcano are extremely popular as well to complete all the tourist attractions available in Banten.
With all those valuable Indonesian treasures you can find in Banten, you will certainly not get bored of exploring the places. Go to Banten and start your adventures there.