One-stop Cultural Workshop, The Saung Angklung Udjo

Literally “Saung” means a place for gathering around in Sundanese (west java ethnic) language. Angklung means traditional bamboo music instruments. “Udjo” is the short name of Udjo Ngalagena, the founder and owner of this place. Saung Angklung Udjo (SAU) is one-stop cultural workshop and presenting Angklung performance, bamboo handicraft centre, Sundanese culture and Angklung in particular educational laboratory, training center and workshop.

SAU was established in 1966 by Udjo Ngalagena (1929-2001) and his wife Uum Sumiati Udjo. It is located in Padasuka street number 118, eastern of Bandung city. Udjo started his journey in music, art and culture, since he was 12 years old. He had learned directly from expertise such as Mang Koko (the creator of Kecapi), Rd.Machyar Angga Kusumahdinata (the gamelan guru) and Daeng Soetigna the re-inventor of diatonic Angklung. Later he became the assistant of Daeng Soetigna, and led performances on behalf of the teacher.

Saung Angklung Udjo
Saung Angklung Udjo (Source : angklung-udjo.co.id)

Saung Angklung Udjo Performance

Internal performance

Afternoon Bamboo Show (regular), daily at 15.30 – 17.30.

This program also perform Wayang Golek demonstration, Helaran procession, Angklung for beginner, Angklung orchestra, Angklung interactive to Arumba and end-up dancing together along with the audience. There are also extra performance with reservation first which you can enjoy it with a family / friend / group and overall get knowledge about art tradition.

The ticket price for this program is around IDR 150,000 (2015). For more information you can check on their website.

  • Caruban Budaya Sunda. This collective program is design for playgroup to senior high school age. The participant will see processing to make Angklung, tour the nuance of Kampung Sunda, Bamboo Morning Show performance and tasting Sundanese food in lunch time.
  • A Day at Saung Angklung Udjo. One day full of learn and about Sundanese culture.
  • Half Day at Saung Angklung Udjo. This program allows the participant children have an opportunity to make their own Angklung and will be played in the bamboo show as part of performance – and to be taken home as souvenir.
  • External Performance. The programmes are wrapped in fascinating package: Iwung, Awi, Gombong, Arumba and other Sundanese Performances.

How to get there?

From Jakarta you can take directly to Bandung via Cipularang Toll highway heading to south about 150 km. Once you enter Bandung, take exit in Pasteur Toll gate. The distance from Pasteur Toll gate is around 18.4 km.

  • Head west on Jalan Tol Pasteur (3.9 km)
  • Take the exit toward Jalan HMS Mintareja Sarjana Hukum (0.3 km)
  • Turn left at Jalan HMS Mintareja Sarjana Hukum (0.2 km)
  • Partial toll road, slight left to merge onto Jalan Tol Pasteur  (5.0 km)
  • Continue on Jalan Dokter Djunjunan (1.6 km)
  • Continue on Jalan Layang Pasupati (2.6 km)
  • Continue straight onto Jalan Surapati (2.1 km)
  • Continue on Jalan Penghulu Haji Hasan Mustopa (2.2 km)
  • Turn left at Jalan Padasuka (0.5 km)
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