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Gombong is a town in the west of Kebumen, Central Java, Indonesia. The colonial, military, and business town of Kebumen

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest airport is New Yogyakarta International Airport in Yogyakarta. From there, you can get to Gombong by train from Yogyakarta station or Lempuyangan station, or by bus from Giwangan terminal.

By train[edit]

There is one main train stations:

  • 1 Gombong Station, Jl Stasiun II, Gombong. To the west of Kebumen town.

There are also one minor train stations:

  • 2 Ijo Station, Jl Stasiun, Ijo.

By bus[edit]

There is one main bus terminals:

  • 3 Gombong Bus Terminal, Jl Tentara Pelajar, Semanding, Gombong. In the western part of Kebumen regency.

By car[edit]

Get around[edit]

Map of Gombong

Kebumen is relatively small, travelling around town should not be too expensive. You could jog around it in about 40 minutes.

By trishaw[edit]

Traditional three-wheeled pedal-powered rickshaws known as becak can be found in most parts of Gombong. Haggle furiously.

By minivan[edit]

  • Angkot — battered minibuses, derived from the words angkutan kota, or city transport have fixed routes but pick up and drop off anywhere along that route. Sometimes they can be crowded, but it's a great way to meet the locals. Costs Rp2,500 per passenger, paid when you alight.

By car[edit]

There are one taxi companies in Gombong :

See[edit]

  • 1 Van Der Wijck Fort, Jl Sapta Marga, Gombong, +62 813 2714-6560. 08:00–. Built in 1818, it is named after the Dutch soldier Van Der Wijck. It was used by the Dutch during the Java War against Prince Diponegoro. However, it is unclear what the main function of the fort was, because there is some argument that it was used for logistics and military training. Now, there is a park and two swimming pools around the fort. Rp8,000.
  • 2 Roemah Martha Tilaar (Martha Tilaar's House), Jl Sempor Lama No.28, Wonokriyo, Gombong (Next to Gombong bus terminal), +62 287 473313, . Museum in a colonial-style building from 1920. It was Marta Tilaar's house. The home of a nationally-famous beautician.

Do[edit]

Beaches[edit]

  • 1 Karangbolong Beach (Pantai Karangbolong), Karangbolong, Buayan (Take a minibus to Gombong, then change to Karangbolong), +62 822 2060-2742. Next to Suwuk beach. There is small cave near the beach (hence the name: karang means coral, and bolong means hole). Similar to Suwuk beach, Karangbolong is surrounded by limestone hills. Rp3,000 (adult), 2,000 (child).
  • 2 Logending Beach (Ayah Beach), Ayah (Take a minibus to Ayah from Gombong bus terminal), +62 853 8567-9445. 7AM-5PM. As well as the beach, there is also a mangrove forest. Boat rides available. Rp4,000 (adult), Rp2,000 (child).
  • 3 Menganti Beach (Pantai Menganti), Jl Pantai Menganti, Karangduwur, Ayah. A newly-developed destination in Kebumen. Not so many facilities but its natural beauty makes people call it the New Zealand of Kebumen.

Caves[edit]

  • 4 Jatijajar Cave, Jatijajar, Ayah (Take a minibus to Jatijajar from Gombong), +62 813 2764-2775. 8AM-6PM. Famous limestone cave discovered in 1802 by Jayamenawi, close to Logending beach. People can enter the cave to see the stalagmites and stalactites. It is 50 meters above sea level, with 250 meter in length. It is named Jatijajar because when it was discovered, there were two teak trees (jati) in a row (jajar). Inside the cave there are two natural springs, Sendang Kantil and Sendang Mawar. It is said that if you wash your face using water from Sendang Mawar, you will stay young. If you wash your face at Sendang Kantil, your dreams will come true. There are two more natural springs, but access is difficult. There is also a diorama of Lutung Kasarung, a story from Indonesian folklore. Rp7,000 (adult), Rp4,000 (child).
  • 5 Petruk Cave, Ayah, +62 823 2200-3444. Still natural (not crowded). You must be accompanied by an official guide. There is no lighting so bring a flashlight. The return journey into the cave can take up to two hours. Your feet will get wet because there is water on the cave floor. Inside the cave, there are various stalagmites and a waterfall. Rp7,500 (adult), Rp4,000 (child).

Dams[edit]

  • 6 Sempor Dam, Tunjungseto, Sempor (Take a minibus bound to Sempor from Gombong bus terminal), +62 821 3413-2112. An embankment dam on the Sempor River. It is used for irrigating paddy fields, flood control, and hydroelectric power generating 1MW of electricity. It was built in 1967, but was breached in the same year, causing a flood that killed a thousand people. It was rebuilt in 1978. It is possible to go fishing and to explore the dam by boat. Rp4,000 (adult), Rp2,000 (child).

Buy[edit]

Traditional markets[edit]

The biggest traditional market is Pasar Wonokriyo. There are also several small traditional markets, such as Pasar Ayah and Pasar Kuwarasan.

Boutiques[edit]

There are a number of boutiques and newer outlets along Jl Yos Sudarso, in the middle part of the city. They're popular with monied youths and college students.

Shopping malls[edit]

  • Mitra Sehati Swalayan — the one and biggest supermarket in Gombong

Handicrafts[edit]

There are plenty of handicraft and souvenir stands in nearby Goa Jatijajar, a cave & resort-town just 17 km (11 mi) to the south-west.

Eat[edit]

  • Lanthing is a traditional snack made from cassava. Its shape is like number such as 0 or 8. It tastes a little bit salty. However, recently there is a wide range variants of seasoning used in Lanthing including chicken onion, spicy and barbecue.

Drink[edit]

  • Radio Coffee Gombong: Coffee shop in the middle town of Gombong

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 [dead link] Hotel Grafika Gombong, Jl Yos Sudarso Barat No. 565, Gombong, +62 287 471205. 70,000 IDR/night.
  • 2 Hotel Istana, Jl. Yos Sudarso 559 Gombong, +62 287 471484. 100,000 IDR/night.
  • 3 Hotel Candaka, Jl. Yos Sudarso No.72, Wero, Gombong, +62 287 471176.

Connect[edit]

Emergency[edit]

  • Ambulance: 118
  • Police: 110
    • 4 Gombong Sector Police, Jl. Kartini No.43, Giombong, Gombong, +62287 471110.

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