Kampung Naga Tasikmalaya, Get to Know History and Traditions

Kampung Naga Tasikmalaya is one of the traditional villages in Indonesia that still adheres to ancestral traditions and rejects all outside intervention.

Thanks to the steadfastness of the people, the area on the hillside is still very beautiful with a thick culture. Even in 2019, this village was chosen as the winner Green Gold at Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Awards (ISTA) Festival.

Offering a variety of travel experiences while learning to be cultured, this village has many other charms that are a shame if you pass up when you are visiting Tasikmalaya.

However, because the residents still adhere to the customs of Kampung Naga, there are several conditions that visitors must know before visiting here. Want to know complete information to visit tips? Come on, see the following explanation!

History of Kampung Naga Tasikmalaya

History of Kampung Naga Tasikmalaya
Dragon Village (Photo by sky-adventure.com)

Actually, no one knows for sure about the history of Kampung Naga Tasikmalaya. However, local residents often refer to their village as “Pareum Torch” which means “Death of Light.”

The name also has nothing to do with the origin of the village, but rather a burning of important village archives during the attack by the DI/TII Kartosuwiryo organization in 1956.

However, in other historical sources, Kampung Naga said that this area was formed because of a figure named Sembah Dalem Singaparna who meditated and received instructions to inhabit a certain place.

While the name “Dragon” itself comes from the Sundanese word “Nagawir” which means a steep cliff, according to the location of this village itself.

Although there are various versions circulating, the local people do not really believe in the truth, but their own version of history, namely “Pareum Torch”.

Tasikmalaya Dragon Village Tour

Actually the local people refused to make their village as a village tourist village to preserve the nature and customs of Kampung Naga. But they still accept visitors from outside to visit and study here.

Here are some tourist activities in Kampung Naga that Advontura friends can do and enjoy while visiting here!

Enjoy the Typical Architecture of Kampung Naga Traditional Houses

In contrast to other villages, the residents’ houses here adhere to the layout principles and materials of bamboo and wood that are already standard.

The traditional house is in the form of stilts with a roof made of reeds, nipah or palm fiber leaves. Its position must also face North or South and extend from the West or East. The color must also match the lime or cement material.

According to a lecturer from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), the advantages of the Kampung Naga traditional house are its wide air ventilation and good disaster mitigation. This is interesting, because since ancient times efforts to prevent earthquakes and landslides have been developed.

As for the local people themselves, large air vents are useful for keeping their homes healthy so that they are exposed to sunlight and air.

In addition, wide ventilation also makes it easier for them to help others or find out if there is a fire. While the architectural design itself is a relic of the ancestors many years ago.

Witnessing Hajar Sasih

Hajat Sasih is one of many traditional event in this village. Visitors can also watch it on certain days and months. Some times to watch it include:

  1. The month of Muharram on the 26th, 27th and 28th.
  2. The month of Rabiulawal on the 12th, 13th and 14th.
  3. The month of Sha’ban on the 16th, 17th and 18th.
  4. The month of Shawwal on the 14th, 15th and 16th.
  5. The month of Zulkaidah on the 10th, 11th and 12th.

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Location of Kampung Naga Garut

The location of Kampung Naga Garut is in Neglasari Village, Salawu District, Tasikmalaya, West Java. The area is on a green hillside on the border of a sacred forest.

For those of you who want to visit, the distance that must be traveled from Tasikmalaya is approximately 30 kilometers (or an hour and a half drive) and 26 kilometers via Garut.

Before entering the traditional tourist area, visitors will find a post and must report to the officer.

Garut Dragon Village Entrance Ticket

Visitors who come are not charged entrance fees for Kampung Naga in any form. They are also open every day, but to enter you must first report at the post and be guided by localguide from village youth.

But instead, you can buy souvenirs or souvenirs sold by local residents to help and thank you for being allowed to visit.

Visiting Tips

Souvenirs in the Tasikmalaya dragon village
Souvenirs in dragon village

Given that the customs are still closely held by the local community, as outsiders we must obey the existing regulations during our visit.

For those who want to visit, here Advontura provides some vacation tips to make your trip even more enjoyable!

Use a Local Guide

In this area there are many buildings or places that are sacred and cannot be photographed let alone visited. So, choosing a tour guide from within the village is a must. Because no one understands this village better than the youth themselves.

Apart from being more knowledgeable, they will also provide lots of suggestions and can help visitors to find good lodging around here.

Take Care of Manners

This one tip is mandatory for all visitors. Watch your behavior and speech. Visitors must also wear modest clothing, bearing in mind that all residents here always uphold Islamic teachings and dress etiquette.

If you don’t maintain your manners, then get ready to be sent home or not even allowed to enter this area.

Prohibition of Playing Music

In addition to customs, there are restrictions that must be obeyed by local residents and visitors. One of them is playing music, especially songs or musical instruments that are not from this region.

So, hold yourself back and make sure to enjoy nature, culture and history without breaking the rules.

Bring Power bank

There is no electricity in this village, so bring a powerbank or spare batteries in case your camera or cellphone turns off in the middle of a visit.

Thus our discussion this time regarding traditional tourism of Kampung Naga. Hopefully this information is useful for those of you who are looking for it unique holiday destination and fun. Meet various other interesting locations on the link below!

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