A love story behind a beautiful lake

Situ Patengan (“situ” means lake), or also known as Situ Patenggang, is a natural lake located about 1.5 hours ride by car from Bandung, West Java, to the south. It is in Ciwidey area to be precise. The temperature in the surrounding area of the lake is quite cool, since it is in a highland, approximately 1,600 meters above sea level.

a corner of the lake

Local people believe that there is a love story related to the existence of the lake. It is said that long long ago, in the era of many kingdoms in Java, there was a prince called Ki Santang who fell in love with a beautiful princess called Dewi Rengganis. Unfortunately, both families disagreed, and they made a special effort to separate the loving couple.

Even separated, their love was not fade. Almost everyday Dewi Rengganis was crying while waiting for her lover, so her tears flowing to a valley and became a beautiful lake. Local people called the newly formed lake as Patengan, which was derived from the word “pateangan-teangan” which was a Sundanese term that means longing for each other.

At the end of the story, the couple was united by love. They met each other in an island at the middle of the lake. People called the tiny island, as Love Island, and up till now they believe that couples who visit the island will have eternal love like that of Ki Santang and Dewi Rengganis.

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15 thoughts on “A love story behind a beautiful lake

  1. Kenapa banyak orang tiap kali ke sini fotonya pas awannya pasti mendung. Saya juga ke sini setahun lalu mendung. Coba kalau biru ya, pasti kuereennn!

  2. Beautiful story and a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Archana

    lovely share … You dont have to say ,u are no professional in ur “about me ” .. i think you re One !!🙂

  4. this is beautiful. i love places with great stories behind them ^^

  5. I love stories like this – our culture has too few of them, so I’m happy to hear they’re alive and well in other cultures. And I totally agree: this is a beautiful place. Great photos!

  6. Hi Sid, glad to hear that you like the story about Situ Patengan.
    There are a lot more stories like this in related to other places in my country. Hopefully I can share some of them 🙂

  7. thank you for sharing with us this beautiful story

  8. Wonderful story for such a scenic place!

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