“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” ~Edmund Burke
Last Saturday, the day to get lost in megalithic era finally come.. Hehe, yes, I and friends were escorted with some travel agent to Cianjur regency – West Java, Indonesia to see a megalith site in top of 885-meters-height of a hill called Gunung Padang .. On our way to Gunung Padang, we stopped by to Lampegan Station.. Years ago, this station was connecting Sukabumi city and Bandung city before finally was closed for some renovation.. At time we came, the renovation was still continued .. People around said, this station will be opened again at January 1st, 2014.. Waa, congratulation Lampegan Station 🙂
As I read about Lampegan Station here , Lampegan Station was built by Staatspoorwegen Westerlijnen company (by its name, everyone knows it belonged to Dutch, hehe).. This station was pretty old, it was established in 1884 ( wow, 130 years old already yup?!).. Lampegan comes from word lamp aan, which mean “turn on the lamp!”.. This word was shouted and ordered by train driver to his train crew while the train entered the tunnel.. lamp aan!! lamp aan!! to lampegan 😀
For no reason, this station was quite spooky maybe due to historical values in the past .. But the tunnel itself was beautiful, extend along 686 meters..
Came out from comfortable zone and befriended as much as possible!
Then, just discover a new friendship..
After 30 minutes enjoyed the historical values in Lampegan Station, we headed to Megalith Site Gunung Padang ..Yeayyy
It was 8 kilometers far from Lampegan Station and reached over half an hour due to severely damaged road (too bad).. Arrived to this megalith site, we had a lunch and started to climb 378-stairs which were pretty steep and challenging..
(Why did my vacation always related to stairs, climb the stairs ?! *sigh )
Fyi, Gunung Padang has the largest Megalith Site in Southeast Asia.. We should be proud of that..
Located at 885 metres above sea level, the site covers a hill in a series of terraces bordered by retaining walls of stone that are accessed by successive steps (about 400 andesit steps = 95 metres). It is covered with massive rectangular stones of volcanic origin.
Sundanese People consider the place as sacred and believe the site as a result of King Siliwangi attempt to build a palace in one night. The asymmetric Punden Berundak is facing up to northwest, to Mount Gede, mainly constructed for the purpose of worship and built in a position that has been noticed geomantic and astromantic factors. Based on megalith shape the site is built in 1,500 years BC. (Wikipedia)
Welcome to 378 stairs !!
The picture above show you a starting point to the top of Gunung Padang.. Yes, it looked safe and ordinary but NO!! you have to scroll down your mouse and see next picture which describe our challenging and steep stairs to reach the top 😀
The stairs were pile of stones which is soooo dangerous and steep.. I was so scared to look back, that would make me sick too because I felt like I would fall -_-
My heart beat so fast felt like it would burst
Gasping for breath .. *gasp gasp
My knee also trembled, couldn’t hold any longer ..
(Spotted : never exercising, hahaha)