One of the most interesting attractions that you cannot miss in West Java is Kampung Naga, located in Neglasari Village, Salawu District, Tasikmalaya Regency, West Java. The name Kampung Naga actually dooes not mean has nothing to do with the dragon myth, but it’s just a name. Kampung Naga still maintains local wisdom and culture.
We came there was a couple mouth ago for doing mission village exploring about Sundanise locals culture. After we arrived at parking then we met the local guide,who is company us inside the village,We must got local guide from people who is living inside the village actually for explan about Kampung Naga,also i’ve being like transtator guide’s for my foreigner friends,when the guide explained with Indonesian or Sundanise.We spent appx 3 hours from Bandung as my hometown.
Kampung Naga is a traditional village with an area of approximately 4 ha. When you arrive at Kampung Naga tourism, you will be presented with a great view of the trees on the right and left side of the road. This view will be very beautiful to look at once you start walking to a higher place and of course fresh air will welcome you happily. Not only that, you will again enjoy the once-thick rural atmosphere with views of rice fields and rivers flowing around it.
due to the location of Kampung Naga which is located rather inland and cannot be accessed by four-wheeled or two-wheeled vehicles. You need to take a foot trip through thousands of stairs,it has appx 400 stairs. But during the trip, you can also enjoy the surrounding natural scenery which is quite charming, especially when the rainy season takes place where you will see the green of Kampung Naga.
Kampung Naga is a traditional village that still adheres to customs and maintains a culture that originates from its ancestors, both in the form of buildings, lifestyles and so on. This village is located in a fertile valley, with boundaries, in the West Kampung Naga is limited by sacred forests because in the forest there are ancestral tombs of the people of Kampung Naga. To the south, Kampung Naga is bordered by population fields, and on the north and east is bordered by the Ciwulan river whose source of water comes from Mount Cikuray in the Garut area.
The inhabitants of Kampung Naga are all Muslims. Even though they embrace Islam, they still maintain the heritage of their ancestral culture. Whatever comes from everything that comes not from the teachings of the Kampung Naga karuhun, or something that has never been done by the karuhun, is considered something taboo. If things that are not in accordance with the teachings have been carried out by the people of Kampung Naga, it means that they have violated the customs, do not respect the karuhun, this will certainly cause havoc to them.
The belief of the people here in spirits is still very strong. Such as the belief in the existence of jurig cai, namely spirits that have occupied water or rivers, especially the deep part of the river. Or “Ririwa” is a subtle creature who likes to disturb and scare at night. There are also “kunti anak”, which are spirits from pregnant women who have died and like to disturb women who are or are about to give birth.
The shape of the house for the people of Kampung Naga must be in the form of a stage, house materials made of bamboo and wood. The roof of the house must be from nipah leaves, ijuk or alang-alang, the house floor is made of bamboo or wooden boards. The house must face north or to the south by extending towards the east. The walls of the house from the cubicle or woven bamboo with woven sagas. Houses should not be painted, except in the kitchen or in the room. Home materials may not use walls, even though they are capable of making houses of walls or buildings (gedong).As you can see the photos are above!
In addition, the stack of stones arranged neatly with the layout and natural materials is characteristic of the architecture and ornaments of the Dragon Village. The history / origin of Kampung Naga according to one version, beginning at the time of Syeh Syarif Hidayatullah or Sunan Gunung Jati, a servant named Singaparana was assigned to spread Islam to the West. Then he arrived in the Neglasari region which is now Neglasari Village, Salawu District, Tasikmalaya Regency.
The distance from the city of Tasikmalaya to Kampung Naga is approximately 30 kilometers, while from the city of Garut the distance is 26 kilometers.
To get to Kampung Naga from the direction of the Garut-Tasikmalaya highway, you have to go down the wall that has been walled / sengked to the edge of the Ciwulan river with a slope of about 45 degrees with a distance of about 500 meters. Then through the path along the Ciwulan river to the Kampung Naga. In the middle of the village, right next to the building for a village community meeting, there is a typical shop of Kampung Naga. Maybe you can buy some craft items at a relatively affordable price.
Some souvenirs from Kampung Naga,what i like : Black rice home made price for 1 kg 25.000 IDR, And Original Honey come from forest for small bottle until big the price are 50.000 until 250.000 IDR.
NB : if you all have any questions about the story about Kampung Naga or maybe have a plan to visiting there oneday,what i wrote and i made it photographs,please lets me know it!i’m really happy to help you