Photographer's Note

Tangkuban Perahu is an active volcano at 6.77S, 107.60E which is 30 km north of the city of Bandung. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs upclose. It is 2084 meters tall, or 6836 feet. This stratovolcano is on the island of Java and last erupted in 1983.

The name translates roughly to "fell place of a boat" in Sundanese, referring to the local legend of its creation. The story tells of "Dayang Sumbi", a beauty who lived in West Java. She cast away her son "Sangkuriang" for disobedience, and in her sadness was granted the power of eternal youth by the gods. After many years in exile, Sangkuriang decided to return to his home, long after the two had forgotten and failed to recognize each other. Sangkuriang fell in love with Dayang Sumbi and planned to marry her, only for Dayang Sumbi to recognize his birthmark just as he was about to go hunting.
In order to prevent the marriage from taking place, Dayang Sumbi asked Sangkuriang to build a dam on the river Citarum and build a large boat to cross the river, both before the sunrise. Sangkuriang meditated and summoned mythical creatures to do his bidding. Dayang Sumbi saw that the tasks were almost completed and called on her workers to spread red silk cloths east of the city, to give the impression of impending sunrise. Sangkuriang was fooled, and upon believing that he had failed, kicked the dam and the boat in construction, resulting in severe flooding and the creation of Tangkuban Perahu from the hull of the boat.

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