Ijen Crater is a tourist attraction located in Banyuwangi Regency, East Java. The beauty of this crater is not only admired Indonesian citizens, but also foreigners. This tourist attraction has been widely known by domestic and foreign tourists because it has amazing natural charm.
The recognition of the beauty of this tourist attraction by foreign tourists is evidenced by the display of photographs of the crater scenery on the New York Post page. There are 14 photos of the beauty of the crater on display in the online edition of the New York Post print media that has existed since 1801. The photos were uploaded at the end of September 2017 with the title Mining The Devil’s Gold (mining sulfur).
Photographs of views of the crater included in the newspaper are the work of Claudio Sieber, a photographer who lives in Sweden. He became famous because his shots often became National Geographic subscriptions. His photographs of Ijen Crater were beautifully presented. The New York Post wrote on its website, “Ijen Crater in Indonesia, one of the largest sulfuric crater lakes in the world.”
About Ijen Crater
This crater becomes the flagship tour of Banyuwangi. Its location is included in the area of Ijen Tourism Park Nature Reserve covering an area of 2,560 hectares, including 92 hectares of tourist forest. This reserve was formerly part of Blambangan State. His name is derived from an event when Menak Jinggo refused to recognize the power of Majapahit so that there was war between the kingdom of Majapahit and Blambangan.
The world’s largest crater in 1722 was once the hiding place of a prince of the Kingdom of Wilis during guerilla fighting against the VOC. However, the prince is finally caught. The bumpy texture of the soil around the dense forest makes this place look scary at first glance.
This beautiful crater can be found at the top of Mount Ijen in District Licin, Banyuwangi and Klobang, Bondowoso. This mountain has an altitude of 2,443 meters above sea level and is an active volcano. Mount Ijen is located side by side with Mount Raung and Mount Merapi.
Access to the crater can be reached through two routes, namely Banyuwangi Regency and Bondowoso Regency. Paltuding is a meeting area between the two lanes and there is the entrance to the location of the crater. Paltuding is a post PHPA (Forest Protection and Nature Conservation) with a large area and equipped with adequate facilities, such as parking lots, food stalls, and public facilities (bathrooms, toilets and mushrooms).
The distance from Paltuding to the crater is 3 kilometers, can only be reached on foot. The climbing terrain is sandy and fine rock with varying slope angles, between 10 to 35 degrees.
The beauty of Ijen Crater
This tourism object is shaped like a large lake which is bluish green with fog and sulfuric smoke which produces an incomparable blend of beauty. The cold air around it adds its own sensation to a temperature of 10 ° C, even reaching 2o C.
In this crater there are other natural phenomena that cannot be missed and equally beautiful, namely Blue Fire or Blue Fire. This phenomenon appears in the midst of sulfur mining, only seen in the early morning until the early morning around 5:00 a.m. The right time to enjoy the beauty of the phenomenon is around 02.00 WIB to 03.00 WIB.
Blue Fire is a rare phenomenon because there are only two in the world, namely in Ijen and Iceland. This is what adds to the attractiveness of tourists, especially foreign tourists. Those who visit will not give up the opportunity to see the existence of the blue flame.
This crater has many advantages, but there are also drawbacks. The facilities provided there are very adequate, road access was good. Unfortunately, there are no health and vehicle safety facilities for visitors. In addition, the cleanliness of the crater also needs to be considered because there is a lot of scattered garbage that pollutes the environment and the beauty of the crater.
That awareness comes from each individual self. Start by throwing trash in its place so that it doesn’t contaminate the surrounding environment wherever it is. Let’s visit this amazingly beautiful Ijen Crater attraction and keep it clean.