The Jakarta Post
Lighthouse in Carita, Banten province. (Shutterstock/Leolintang)
Banten is the westernmost province on the island of Java and has Serang as its capital city. Traveling to Banten, there are plenty of interesting sites to explore as it is home to natural, cultural and historical attractions.
The province itself has established seven main tourist attractions, dubbed the Seven Wonders of Banten, namely Banteng Lama, Ujung Kulon National Park, Sangiang Island, the Baduy tribe, Umang Island, Mount Krakatau and the Dano Swamp.
Banten Lama (old Banten) is an archaeological site located on the northern coast of Serang regency. This place is what remains of the Banten sultanate, an Islamic empire of the 16th century. There are plenty of historic spots to visit at Banten Lama, such as the Museum Situs Kepurbakalaan Banten Lama (Museum of Old Banten), the Surosowan Kraton, the Great Mosque of Banten, Speelwijk Fort, Avalokiteshvara Vihara, Kaibon Castle and Karangantu Harbor.
Ujung Kulon National Park stretches across the Ujung Kulon Peninsula, Panaitan Island, Peucang Island, the Handeleum islands and the Honje Mountain Range and is known as the home of the critically endangered Javan rhinoceros. The place was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 for accommodating the largest remaining lowland rainforest in Java.
Sangiang Island lies between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. It is an uninhabited island because of its status as a nature preserve.
The famed Baduy tribe lives in a 5,101-hectare area of Kanekes village, about 38 kilometers from Rangkasbitung, the capital of Lebak regency. The Baduy people have their own government system with the three highest ranking leaders of the tribe called Puun Cikeusik, Cikertawarna and Cibeo.
Krakatau, or Krakatoa, is a volcanic island that lies in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. In 1883 a huge eruption destroyed more than two-third of the island and it was considered to be the loudest sound ever heard in modern history. People who visit this place can enjoy activities like trekking the Child of Krakatau or even snorkeling.
Umang Island is the perfect spot for a family vacation. The place itself has become a resort with white-sand beaches that offer various water sport facilities, such as snorkeling and jet skiing.
Rawa Dano, or Dano Swamp, is located in Luwuk village. People who visit this place usually want to explore its surrounding by riding in a boat. (kes)