Villa Isola


Around 7km north of the centre, Villa Isola is a landmark art deco building, a four-storey villa built by a Dutch media baron in the 1930s as a private residence. It's now the University of Education's administrative offices. This curvaceous architectural masterpiece is in excellent condition; from its balconies there's a fine perspective of Bandung. It's possible to enter the building if you call ahead.

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1. Bandung Institute of Technology

2.26 MILES

Opened in 1920, the ITB was the first university open to Indonesians – Sukarno studied here, and it has a reputation for political activism. In 1998, in…

2. Selasar Sunaryo Art Space

2.91 MILES

Just outside town in the pretty rural district of Ciburial is this sleek contemporary art gallery. It exhibits both Indonesian and international artists…

3. Governor's Residence

3.54 MILES

One of Bandung's most beautifully restored period buildings, though you can only gaze at it from behind the railings.

4. Museum Konperensi

4.25 MILES

The Museum Konperensi inside the Gedung Merdeka (Freedom Building) is dedicated to the Asia-Africa conference of 1955, which Bandung hosted and the echoes…

5. Alun-Alun

4.26 MILES

Overlooked by the Grand Mosque, the city's main square is a grassy expanse and a hub of bustling activity at almost anytime.

6. Tangkuban Prahu

7.12 MILES

This volcanic crater, 30km north of Bandung, has a flat, elongated summit that resembles an upturned boat (prahu). It's a huge attraction and certainly a…

7. Tahu Sumedang

16.41 MILES

A traditional tofu factory where you can watch tofu being made and fried in coconut oil and then, the best bit, devour it in the cafe. It's a half-hour…

8. Kawah Putih

24.76 MILES

Sulphur mists swirl around the deadened and burnt black trees that line the shores of the acid-water volcanic lake of Kawah Putih (or white lake). It's a…