Bosscha Observatory, Lembang

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Bosscha Observatory is the oldest observatory in Indonesia. The observatory is located in Lembang, West Java, approximately 15km north of Bandung. It is situated on a hilly six hectares of land and is 1310m above mean sea level plateau. The IAU observatory code for Bosscha is 299.HistoryDuring the first meeting of the Nederlandsch-Indische Sterrekundige Vereeniging in the 1920s, it was agreed that an observatory was needed to study astronomy in the Dutch East Indies. Of all locations in the Indonesia archipelago, a tea plantation in Malabar, a few kilometers north of Bandung in West Java was selected. It is on the hilly north side of the city with a non-obstructed view of the sky and with close access to the city that was planned to become the new capital of the Dutch colony, replacing Batavia . The observatory is named after the tea plantation owner Karel Albert Rudolf Bosscha, son of the physicist Johannes Bosscha and a major force in the development of science and technology in the Dutch East Indies, who granted six hectares of his property for the new observatory.
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  • this why people said bandung is one of important city in indonesia boscha is the fact of colonial era, located in lembang  more »
  • I have been many times to this beautiful landscape building. Many years ago I used to come here with my school friends, our teachers and then when I was in college in Bandung, this spot is one of my.....  more »
  • I like this place because we can see stars in the middle of the day! Besides, I already knew the place from the iconic scene of my childhood movie “Petualangan Sherina”. I came to Bosscha on the weekend. So, I couldn’t enter to it that day. I spent the rest of the day admiring Bosscha from the outside. Great building with such a unique rooftop. The yard is also comfortable to sit with. Wis another time I could really see the stars in the middle of the day at Bosscha :)
  • Great place to learn about astronomy in one of the oldest observatory in southeast asia. It is built in 1923 and still operating till now. You can visit bosscha in weekend at day. But if you want night visit, you must see the schedule first in their website and book for it. Have a great time here

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