The Name Padalarang's Origins, Tiger-Related Toponimi, and Dipati Ukur

- Sabtu, 1 April 2023 | 08:24 WIB
Ilustrasi warga berfoto dengan harimau mati | Asal-usul nama Padalarang di Kabupaten Bandung Barat (KBB) masih jarang diketahui. Toponimi ini berkaitan dengan harimau dan Dipati Ukur. (Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures)
Ilustrasi warga berfoto dengan harimau mati | Asal-usul nama Padalarang di Kabupaten Bandung Barat (KBB) masih jarang diketahui. Toponimi ini berkaitan dengan harimau dan Dipati Ukur. (Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures)

NGAMPRAH, AYOBANDUNG.COM- West Bandung Regency (KBB) residents still seldom know the name Padalarang's etymology. During the time of Dutch colonialism till the present, this city has actually had a significant impact.

In Priangan, Padalarang has grown to be one of the industrial hubs and routes for the distribution of plantation products since the turn of the 19th century.

The fact that this area has Jalan Raya Pos and Padalarang Station makes it the most practical place to carry tea, quinine, and paper goods from NV. Fabric made with papier-padalarang.

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Padalarang is still crucial now, not just during the Dutch occupation. both from a transportation and economic perspective.

According to information from the West Bandung Office of Communication, Informatics and Statistics (Diskominfotik) for 2021, there are 392 small to big industries and 181,357 people residing in this region.

In terms of transportation, Padalarang is considered a key city for boarding and disembarking travelers on the high-speed rail running between Jakarta and Bandung.

So whence did the name Padalarang originate?

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T Bachtiar, Padalarang, or Tjipadalarang are geographical names associated with tigers, according to the author of the book Toponimi: Tracing the Names of Locations in West Java. This is due to the fact that the Bandung Basin still had a large population of tigers at the beginning of the 19th century.

The maung is a wild animal that is frequently used as a local term for the Priangan people. Based on the tiger's behaviors and demeanor when encountered by members of the public, the area's name is unusual in that it relates to it.

For instance, the region will be identified as Cimaung (Bandung Regency) or Cimacan if you look at it directly (Cianjur Regency). Yet, the place's name will be Ciharegem if you can just hear his voice (Cimenyan, Bandung Regency). If you frequently see tigers sunbathing, the location is called Pamoyanan (North Cimahi, Cimahi City).

People' claims that the Bandung Basin region is home to several tigers have been validated by geography, according to Bachtiar on August 22, 2022.

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For explorers, however, the existence of tigers in the Bandung Basin is documented in voyage logs. On en route from Cianjur to Bandung, AE Croockewit (1866) made a note of one of them.

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Editor: Miftah Salis Hidayah

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