Kampung Naga, the Village of Dragon ??

peaceful place

peaceful place

West Java : 30 km from Tasikmalaya or 26 km from Garut ( between Garut and Tasikmalaya ), it’s located a unique village called Kampung Naga on 1.5 hectares land with 113 specific houses and similar look.

all the houses are similar

all the houses are similar

There are 108 families contains 316 persons. The view itself really calming, with rice fields terrace, river and forbidden forest.

Rice fields terrace

Rice fields terrace

The river beside Kampung Naga

The river beside Kampung Naga

The forbidden forrest, no one allowed to enter

The forbidden forest, no one allowed to enter

Kampung means village, naga means dragon in english, is it a village of dragon ? No.., it’s nothing to do with the legend of dragon, it just a name, it was totally burned on 1956 and rebuilt again on 1960. To visit this place, we need to step down the ladders. it’s easy when you’re going down but more harder when you’re leaving the village because you need to climb up the 439 stairs, lol..

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I arrived there around noon and was accompany by a guide named Mang Aria. He’s a young man who also live in Kampung Naga, he told story and the history about the place, what can and can’t do inside the Kampung.

with the houses on the background

with the houses on the background

There’s a house called Bumi Ageng, not everyone can enter even take pictures because they believe the house is sacred, he also remind me not to take pictures with slipper. I really curious what the mystic reason that not allowed us to do it. I asked him and he said whatever pictures people took with slippers won’t give any result because people should take pictures with camera …, not with slippers. Hahahaha…, he got me. I really thought it’s a serious rule, but in fact he made a joke and totally folled me. But it’s not me, if i was not make even, I told him about the rule in big city like Jakarta, no one allow to enter movie wearing slippers. Oh really.., he asked, so everyone has to wear shoes then ?? No silly, everyone needs tickets to get into the movies, not slippers. Hahahaha…, the same slippers joke back to him.

People in Kampung Naga still live in traditional way and apply it into their life, they refuse to use electricity for lighting and use ‘lampu teplok’ ( kerosene lamps ) or petromaks.

kerosene lamps

kerosene lamps

Petromaks

Petromaks

There are no electronic stuffs in their home, such as refrigerator, air con, computer, etc. Only some of them have TV, black and white, with no color and old type. They turn on the TV with accu, still using fire woods for cooking and ironing with charcoal.

Using charcoal for ironing

Using charcoal for ironing

at kitchen, using fire woods to cook

at kitchen, using fire woods to cook

Make rice after harvest, hit it over and over using the wooden stick.I tried it too.., not as easy as it look, and then.. I was give up, lol

Make rice after harvest, hit it over and over using the wooden stick.I tried it too.., not as easy as it look, and then.. I was give up, lol

There is no doctors or clinic inside the kampung, because they choose to live healthy and using the medicine that nature already provided.

Mang Aria told me, the Kampung Naga people have wisdom to live WITH nature, not only to live IN nature. This thing we can learn from them, from the simple people who choose to live harmony with nature.

The village

Stop abusing our earth, it’s suffering enough.

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6 thoughts on “Kampung Naga, the Village of Dragon ??

  1. You forgot to tell us what happen to your feet after climb so many stairs. 🙂
    I guess you will had muscle stiffness because you are a little city girl and not use to kampung style.
    Nice story. Love it

  2. A great blog, again – your travels are fascinating! I love the idea that we can be healthier by being a part of Nature: so-called ‘primitive’ people can certainly teach us how to live a happier life! 🙂

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