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“A peaceful environment from the top of Gunung Padang”

Gunung Padang Megalithic Site
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Cianjur
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

The location is not really far from Jakarta. The easiest way to go is from Jakarta to Cianjur and then go to Gunung Padang. When we started to climb, the road is not really good. But after 30 minutes careful driving, the road gets better. We see tea plantation with beautiful view and it is refreshing on the way to Gunung Padang.

There is village at the base of Gunung Padang where you can eat or even sleep. From there 10 minutes walk upright will get you to the megalithic site.

The view is amazing. In the surface we see lots and lots of pillar stones. The site has 5 areas you could explore. There is also a house where you could sit and enjoy the view. Sitting here gives a relax feeling, a soothing feeling.

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Reviewed June 16, 2014

A megalithic remains of a now-extinct mongoloid tribes that once occupied sundaland during the ice age. A hill built into step pyramid with stones formation similar to those of Macchu Picchu, Peru. The ruins of over 3 million columnar joints andesite was once a large pyramid with substructures direction to Mount Gede, as an object of worship of Megalith culture. Carbon dating by Beta Analytic of Miami, Florida at an area between 3 and 12 meters suggests the structure could in fact date to as old as 16,000 years ago. Ancient cement made from silica, iron ore and clay were found in the structures. As the research and archeological works are still ongoing, there will be more interesting facts uncovered from this 25 ha massive site.

1  Thank EredGorgoroth1
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Its not very well preserved and lack of information, long and bumpy road added to it. If you appreciate the culture site and heritage, its good place for you. We enjoyed the scenery is all

3  Thank Udi M
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

Gunung Padang Megalithic Site was located at Cianjur Region. With hills and mountains surrounding, adding rubber plantation and tea plantation along the way to the site, the journey offered a very nice view. Some parts of the village road were in poor condition, made it quite a bumpy ride. Fortunately, we used public transportation, local drivers who knew their ways.

We started early morning 6:30 from Cianjur Pasir Hayam bus station, took mini van angkot to Warung Kondang. Then, continued with angkot #43 (gray pink color) to Bebedahan. From Bebedahan to Gunung Padang, took Ojek which cost IDR 30,000 one way, climbing through winding small road. It would be slippery after rain, so better visit the site in dry season. Total time we took from Cianjur Pasir Hayam to Gunung Padang was around 2 hours. Adequate planks/signs showing direction to Gunung Padang Megalithic Site along the way.

There was entry fee of IDR 2,000/person. A guide was assigned for us. He had very good knowledge of the site. We climbed around 700 staircases to arrive at the first terrace. Gunung Padang was surrounded by 5 mountains , with the biggest Mount Gede at its Western direction. The megalithic site was believed to be a place for pilgrimage in the ancient time. It still is; nowadays still many pilgrims visited the site to pray.

The megalithic site consisted of 5 terraces. From archeological test, the base terrace was built last (600Y BC), whereas the highest terrace, was built first (25,000Y BC). Most of the stones were cut in 5 edges shape. It seems the number five (5) had some specific meaning for that site; 5 big mountains surrounding, 5 terraces, 5 edges shape stones. On the terrace plains, stones were arranged into King’s resting place, Kingdom’s meeting site, Mecca’s direction marker, musical instruments. The guide said, there was actually one Foretelling Stone, which was consulted for future events foretelling. But the Foretelling Stone was kept hidden now, to prevent being stolen.

All those stones, from the ancient times, woven into stories, mystical and mythical, so eerie, so peculiar, so interesting!

2  Thank n0ni
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