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Curug Dago

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Curug Dago ( Curug : Waterfall in Sundanese. red )  is situated at the north of the city of Bandung, which is higher and already declared as a natural conservation area as it is one of the headwater for Cikapundung river that runs across the city.

Mr. Haryoto Kunto wrote in his book, ‘Semerbak Bunga di Bandung Raya’ (1986), a book about historical sites in and around Bandung, ‘In the riverbank beneath the Dago waterfall, upon a tone, a Thai Crown Prince once inscribed his initial, when he visited the place during his visit in 1901. It is a great pity that the Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindorn’s guides were not aware of the fact when the Princess visited Indonesia in 1884.’

There Lies Two Royal Thailand Encriptions. This is his reading of the inscriptions:

Over the Stone 1, there are two groups or surfaces, A and B.

On A, the topmost line consists of three characters: Co Po Ro, shorthand for ‘Chulachomklao Paraminthara’ (name of Chulalongkorn or King Rama V); the second line contains two numbers, 3 and 4 (year of King Chulalongkorn’s birth, 1835); the third line contains two characters: Ra and Sok, Ra stands for ‘Ratanakosin’, other name of Bangkok and Sok stands for ‘year’; the last line contains the number 1, 2, and 0, so the two lines reads ‘Year of Ratanakosin 120’

On B, an insignia in the form of pentagram (five pointed star) with numbers on its points, only three are recognizable, 6, 7, and 2. Inside the pentagram is a circle with Latin characters, V, W, L, and I. The meanings of the symbol and characters need further investigation.

Over the Stone 2 there are two lines, the upper line consists of three characters, Po Po Ro, stand for ‘Prajathipok Paraminthara’ (King Rama VII); the second line contains two characters, Bu and Sok, followed by four numbers, 2, 4, 7 and 2; Bu stands for Budha and Sok is ‘year’, this simply ‘Year of Budha 2472’.

What really happened in Curug Dago anyway? Below is the picture from Dutch Military Museum, circa 1907

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