Gandrung is a traditional Indonesian dance that is popular in many regions within the country, but its most adored variation by far comes from Banyuwangi, so much so that it is sometimes referred to as the city of gandrung.
This ritual dance was originally dedicated to the goddess of rice and fertility, and it was only later that it was adopted as a social dance of love and courtship in many social events. What’s so special about the dance is that it goes on for hours on end from evening until just before dawn.
At the Gandrung Terracotta Park which sits at the foot of Mount Ijen, hundreds of terracotta dancer statues emulating different dance moves from gandrung have been crafted and orderly arranged. As bizarre at it seems in the beginning, visitors often get very creative with the pottery for photos.
To complete your experience, the Gandrung Terracotta Park also hosts actual dance performances regularly at its outdoor amphitheatre, allowing visitors to enjoy their little slice of Banyuwangi culture alongside terrific views of the nearby paddy fields and Mount Ijen.
Discover and experience the beautiful scenery around our Banyuwangi hotels.
There is something special about waterfalls that simply invigorate the soul and as a nature escape in its own right, Banyuwangi is the perfect place to be chasing waterfalls, with each one entailing a whole new experience. This list does not even cover all of them!
Situated 45 kilometres from the Banyuwangi city centre is De DJawatan, a sprawling forest spanning 6 hectares endowed with an abundance of towering trembesi trees, which are capable of soaring up to 40 metres in height.
Within close proximity to Banyuwangi is not one but three national parks that are jam-packed with natural wonders. From panoramic scenery to animals roaming in the wild, these preserved and protected lands extend amazing adventures to die for.
Being at the easternmost end of Java island facing the Bali Strait, Banyuwangi is blessed with a copious amount of glorious beaches waiting to be uncovered. Besides its more well-known coastlines, there are also hidden gems with little to no crowds which is always a plus.