The Jakarta Post
The turquoise lake at Kawah Putih Ciwidey, West Java. (Shutterstock/File)
Apart from its thrilling action sequences, what sets the Wiro Sableng movie apart from others is its backdrop. From a lush jungle to surreal river between cliffs, the movie may inspire audiences to explore the country.
Sheila “Lala” Timothy, the producer, writer and creator of the movie, shares the list of locations where filming took place.
The horse riding scenes in the movie were filmed at the headquarters of the horse cavalry detachment in Parongpong, West Bandung regency, West Java. While obtaining permission to ride a horse in the facility may be complicated, Parongpong is an interesting place to explore.
A steep hillside area, Parongpong is known as a place to buy fresh flowers and vegetables directly from farmers when available. It is also popular as a host to many picturesque waterfalls. Locals call the waterfalls “curug”.
Among the most famous waterfalls in Parongpong are Curug Layung and Curug Pelangi or Curug Cimahi.
If you have seen the movie and notice the canyon where Wiro and his friends fall into, that is Cikahuripan River in West Bandung. Located near the Saguling Dam, Cikahuripan is often dubbed the green canyon of Bandung.
Appearing like an ancient site, Cikahuripan boasts turquoise water that flows between escarpments and cliffs.
Kawah Putih (White Crater) is one of the two crater lakes that make up Mount Patuha, an andesitic stratovolcano about 50-kilometers southwest of Bandung, West Java. The crater’s color changes from bluish to whitish green or brown due to the concentration, temperature or oxidation state of its sulphur.
This lake looks even more dramatic as the sand and rocks in its surrounding area are also whitish.
The film’s cast and crew reportedly planted tree seedlings in this area to help protect the forest around Mount Patuha.
A favorite site among camping enthusiasts, Gunung Puntang is one of the peaks of Mount Malabar, south of Bandung, West Java. The area is also famous for its coffee and the ruins of a radio station from the Dutch colonial era.
A lush plantation in Gunung Puntang contributes to its cool climate, making the place favorable for outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking or cycling.
A village in Bogor regency, West Java, Jonggol is often overlooked as a short getaway destination. But there are a few spots in Jonggol that make for quite a feast for the eyes. The top of Gunung Batu (Stone Mountain), for instance, is the perfect place to take in the view of the lush greenery below.
A few waterfalls, such as Curug Cipamingkis and Curug Ciherang are located within Jonggol, and there is also a pine forest named Cipamingkis. (mut)