There used to be a country called Bandoeng consisting of 25 to 30 houses ("Aen een negrije genaemt Bandoeng bestaende uijt 25 a 30 huysen") written by Julien de Silva in 1461 in ancient Dutch. Julien de Silva an asian decent siding with Dutch was a mardjekr (a free man, not a slave anymore). He was predicted to be the first man wandering around Bandung which was still a dense forest at that time. Later on the Dutch called that region "Negorij Bandoeng" or "West Oedjoeng Beroeng".

      A century later, however, in 1741, it was recorded that Arie Top was the first white man who became Bandung inhabitant. He was a corporal exiled by the Dutch Administration, even through he was posted as military commander. Later on, he together with other three Dutch men who came a year after him, became rich due to their succes in clearing the forest. Cultivating the land and establishinga wood sawing enterprise. The succes of those for Dutch men attracted other European adventurers to come to bet their fortune in the fertile region of Bandung.

      Furthermore, after a path way connecting Jakarta, Bogor, Cianjur and Bandung was established, many newcomers come there, even more after Governor General Daendels gave an order to construct "a pstal way" stretching from Anyer (Banten West Java) to Panarukan (East Java). The construction began in 1809.

sate building

The history of Bandung regency begins at Karapyak or Bojongasih in the Cikapundung riverside, near the Citarum river. Karapyak's name then changed to Citeureup,

     Citeureup village is still exist by now in the Dayeuhkolot area.The first regent is Wiraangunangun (1641-1670). In the Wiranatakusumah II Era (1794-1829), the capital of Bandung moved from Karapyak to the Cikapundung riverside (and at present it located at Alun-alun Bandung).This capitol moved by the instruction of East Indische Governor General " Deandels " at Mei 25th 1810.The reason is because he tought that this new capital has a good prospect for further development of Priangan area.

     One of the most progresive regent in the Bandung regency history was Wiranatakusumah IV, he is the founder of Bandung's Master Plan called Negroij Bandung. On 1850 he build Pendopo of Bandung Regency (now it became Mayor's House, in front of Alun-alun Bandung) and Masjid Agung Bandung (Bandung's Grand Mosque). For his efforts he got an award from Dutch Colonial Government. Since then the people of Bandung regency called him "Dalem Bintang". This popular regent then replaced by Raden Adipati Kusumadilaga.

     In the Kusumadilaga's era, the railroad entered bandung regency (May 17th 1884). The capital development increase very fast, especially in the economic field.  In the RAA Martanegara's Era (1893-1918), the capital status changed to Gemeente (Town/Kotapraja) and the first Mayor is Mr. B Coops). Since then, Bandung regency is separated from Bandung City / Town.

merdea building

    In the year 1955, Asia - Africa Conference are arranged in Bandung. It was the first International conference since Indonesian Independence. The conference take a place at Merdeka Building. The participants from many countries in Asia and Africa are sleep at Savoy Homan Hotel, one of historical buildings in Bandung.


In the Regent RH Lily Sumantri era, the capital of Bandung Regency moved to Baleendah, near the first old capital of Bandung Regency. But for some reasons it moved again to Pamekaran Village at Soreang area. In the Regent HU Hatta D era, the governmental centre for Bandung regency are completed.



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