The capital of Indonesia's West Java province, Bandung is one very big city that sits amidst tea plantations and volcanoes. It's famous for its art deco and colonial architecture, cool tropical climate, mega shopping that is swamped with fashion outlets plus it has a serious coffee culture. A bustling hub with a university-town feel to it, the streets have now seen coworking venues open to cater to its tech savvy youth meandering around where over 2.5 million people live.
Touted as being the city of "punks and prayer", Bandung has funky cafes literally everywhere, colorful markets and traffic non-stop. There is a thriving art scene for when you have overdosed on caffeine and hot springs to spend some self-pampering moments. The Bandung Kertajati International Airport opened in 2018, but there is only one flight per day to Surabaya, if you wish to escape this urban chaos.
Bandung is cloaked in high-rise buildings, luxury hotels, restaurants and European boutiques, hence its nickname "The Paris of Java". It has been awarded for having the cleanest air among other major cities in ASEAN countries in 2017. A "Smart City", it has leveraged technology to improve government services and social media.
The startup scene in Indonesia is getting the backing of the international bank, Goldman Sachs, who believe that the next hotbed for tech companies will be in Indonesia due to its large population and untapped market potential. No wonder coworking spaces are spreading like wildfire to keep up with the demand of creative spaces.
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