Friday, May 27, 2011

ATM Guards

Look who are guarding an ATM (Automated Teller Machine) booth in front of this shop at Cihampelas Street?

Yes! They are superheroes!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Leather Jacket Repair

Your leather jacket is torn or worn out and need repainting or rewaxing?

No need to worry. In Bandung, you can have it repaired and reconditioned in a road-side kiosk like this one at Ciroyom area. For a relatively small fee, you can have your leather jacket stitched, repainted, or rewaxed.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Rollerblading in Bandung

Rollerblading is quite a popular sport among youths in Bandung. They have a number of places to hone their rollerblading skills. One of them is the track at Gelora Saparua (Saparua Sports Arena) where these youngsters were practicing one Sunday morning a few weeks ago.

The above photo was taken by Agus Wahyudi, a freelance photographer and regular contributor of Bandung Daily Photo.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bandung's Central Post Office

This is the aerial view of the corner of Asia-Afrika and Banceuy streets. The big building in the foreground is Bandung's Central Post Office (Kantor Pos Besar Bandung). The tall building at the background is Pasar Baru (lit. New Market), one of Bandung's oldest and biggest markets.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jalan Asia-Afrika

This is the aerial view of Jalan Asia-Afrika (Asia-Africa Street) to the east of Alun-Alun Bandung or Bandung's City Square. The street runs from west to east and is the main thoroughfare of the city. It is also part of the Grote Post Weg (The Great Postal Road) that was originally built by the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) - then the colonial ruler of the Indonesian archipelago - in the early 1800s. It is here that Bandung's kilometer zero is located - the location being determined by the pole that V.O.C. Governor W.H. Daendels is said to have stuck near the Cikapundung River when - upon inspecting the construction of the Grote Post Weg - he declared that he wanted to see a new city built in that very place when he returned.

Being the first proper street of the city, Jalan Asia-Afrika is very historic and has the most heritage landmarks. Among them are Gedung Merdeka (now the Museum of the Asia-Africa Conference) - the fourth building on your left - and the Preanger Hotel - the fourth building on your right.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Alun-Alun Bandung - The City Square from The Top

This is the partial aerial view of Alun-Alun Bandung (Bandung's city square) today. I took this photo from the same tower where I took the photo I posted yesterday. The colorful little squares are roofed benches and the big square is the fountain. This is the view of the square in the southeastern direction.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Aerial View of Bandung: Southwest of The Grand Mosque

Here is an aerial view of Bandung looking to the southwest direction from the city center. I took this photo from one of the towers of West Java Provincial Grand Mosque or Mesjid Agung Propinsi Jawa Barat. In the foreground, behind the minaret, you can see Plaza Parahiyangan, one of the first shopping malls built in the city in the early 1980's.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Andir Night Market

Pasar Andir (Andir Market) is one of Bandung's central wet or traditional markets. It's located on Andir street in the city center. Its busiest operating time is at night from about 9 p.m to about 4 a.m.

Various kinds of fresh meat, fish, vegetables and fruits are brought here from the farms in the countrysides and towns adjacent to Bandung. Traders and resellers from the smaller markets and hotel and restaurant caterers come here to pick their supplies.

Over the years the Andir market has grown beyond its original boundaries and for some years now it has spilled onto the adjacent streets. As you can see in these pictures, the farmers even use the body of streets to offer their produce. Fortunately, the market's peak hours only take place at night and are usually over before 5 in the morning so they do not add more snarl to the already congested traffic in the city center.

Today's photos are contributed by Agus Wahyudi - a photographer friend of mine, an employee of PT. Pos Indonesia (Indonesian Postal Company) and a freelance photographer. Pak Agus (that's how I call him) has agreed from now on to become one of Bandung Daily Photo's regular contributors. Thanks, Pak Agus.