October 31, 2010

Dieng Plateau

 Dieng is a plateau in Central Java, who entered the district of Banjarnegara and Wonosobo regency. It lies to the west of Mount Sindoro complex and Sumbing.

Dieng is an active volcanic area and it can be said is a giant volcano. Crater craters are often found there. The average altitude is about 2,000 m. above sea level. Dieng cool temperatures in winter approached, ranging from 15-20 ° C in the daytime and 10 ° C at night. In the dry season (July and August), air temperature can sometimes reach 0 ° C in the morning and bring frost by the locals who called the poison bun ("dew poison") because it causes damage to agricultural crops.

Dieng name comes from a combination of two ancient Sundanese words: "in" which means "place" or "mountain" and "Hyang" which means (God). Thus, Dieng mean mountain areas where the gods and goddesses residing. The name comes from the Sundanese Dieng as predicted in pre-Medang around the year 600 AD the area was under the influence of the Kingdom Galuh politics.

Dieng Plateau is a plateau with volcanic activity below the surface, such as Yellowstone or the Tengger Highlands. Indeed he is a caldera in the surrounding mountains as the edges. There are many craters as the discharge gas, water vapor and various other volcanic material. The situation is very dangerous for the people who inhabit the region, as evidenced by the catastrophic gas explosion crater Sinila 1979. Not only poison gas, but also to possible earthquakes, mud eruptions, landslides and floods.

Apart from the crater, there are also volcanic lakes that contain water mixed with sulfur and thus have distinctive yellow-green color. In biology, volcanic activity at Dieng interesting because it is found in hot waters near the crater of some species of thermophilic bacteria ("like it hot") that can be used to expose early life on Earth.

Several cultural and natural heritage has been used as a tourist attraction and is managed jointly by the two districts, namely Banjarnegara and Wonosobo. Here are some attractions in Dieng.

  • Lake: Lake Color (Telaga Warna) , a lake that often creating shades of red, green, blue, white, and violet, Pengilon Lake, Lake Merdada.
  • Crater: Sikidang, Sileri, Sinila (explode and release toxic gas in 1979 with 149 victims of the soul), Crater Candradimuka.
  • Complex of Hindu temples built in the 7th century, among others: Temple Gatotkaca, Candi Bima, Arjuna temple, Candi Semar, Sembadra Temple, Temple Heroine, Temple Setyaki, Gangsiran Aswatama, and Temple Dwarawati.
  • Cave: Cave Semar, Jaran Cave, Cave Wells. Located between Lake and Lake Pengilon color, often used as a place of spiritual though.
  • Wells Jalatunda.
  • Dieng Volcanic Theater, theater to see movies about kegunungapian in Dieng.
  • Dieng Kailasa Museum, storing artifacts and provide information about the nature (geology, flora and fauna), the Dieng (daily life, agriculture, beliefs, arts) and the archaeological heritage of Dieng. Having a theater to see the movie (currently about archaeological Dieng), an open stage on the roof of the museum, and restaurants.
  • Spring of Serayu River, often referred to as Tuk Bima Lukar (Tuk = spring).


  1. I love when people are dieng

  2. I was born in banjarnegara, and I am proud to be a part of it...........