18 Facts About West Java


West Java is a province of Indonesia on the western part of the island of Java, with its provincial capital in Bandung.

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West Java is bordered by the province of Banten and the country's capital region of Jakarta to the west, the Java Sea to the north, the province of Central Java to the east and the Indian Ocean to the south.

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West Java was one of the first eight provinces of Indonesia formed following the country's independence proclamation and was later legally re-established on 14 July 1950.

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Meanwhile, the Sultanate of Demak in central West Java grew to an immediate threat against the Sunda kingdom.

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The Mataram Sultanate from central West Java seized the Priangan region, the southeastern part of the kingdom.

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West Java was officially declared as a province of Indonesia in 1950, referring to a statement from Staatblad number 378.

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Since the creation of West Bandung Regency in 2008, the Province of West Java has been subdivided into 9 cities and 17 regencies .

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The vast volcanic mountainous region of inland West Java is traditionally known as Parahyangan which means "The abode of hyangs ".

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The highest point of West Java is the stratovolcano Mount Cereme bordering Kuningan and Majalengka Regencies.

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Since the era of the Dutch East India Company, West Java has been known as a productive plantation area for coffee, tea, quinine, and many other cash crops.

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The mountainous region of West Java is a major producer of vegetables and decorative flowering plants.

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Since the 18th century, West Java was known as a productive plantation area and became integrated with global trade and economy.

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West Java is known as one of the earliest developed regions in the Indonesian archipelago.

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The northern area of West Java has become a major industrial area, with areas such as Bekasi, Cikarang and Karawang sprawling with factories and industries.

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West Java produces non-forest's crop which is potential enough to be developed as forestry work, such as silk, mushroom, pine, dammar, maleleuca, rattan, bamboo, and swallow bird's nest.

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West Java is the native homeland of Sundanese people which forms the largest ethnic group in West Java.

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Since Jakarta and the surrounding area, including West Java, is the business and political centre of Indonesia, the province has attracted various people from other parts of Indonesia.

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West Java is one of the most popular destinations for higher education in Indonesia.

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