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Jakarta Post

Stone Garden: Oasis among mining sites

  • Ni Nyoman Wira

    The Jakarta Post

West Bandung, West Java   /   Thu, January 2 2020   /  12:34 am

On fire: Black smoke rises from the Stone Garden Geopark in West Bandung regency, West Java. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)Nestled on a rocky hilltop in Gunungmasigit village, West Bandung regency, West Java, Stone Garden Geopark is an oasis among chalk mining sites spread across the regency.Part of Cipatat district’s karst landscape, the geopark was founded in 2000 by Kelompok Riset Cekungan Bandung research team from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).In addition to the Stone Garden, the team also discovered a cave named Pawon in a nearby lower area.Later in 2007, prehistoric human fossils were unearthed at Pawon cave and since then, the geopark has been recognized as a cultural heritage. In 2015, the West Bandung Culture and Tourism Agency designated the 2-hectare area as a tourist site and allowed locals to manage it under the Tourism Awareness Group ...