Gong Home Factory Bogor
Gong Home Factory Bogor
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A gong is a traditional percussion instrument made of bronze that can be easily played by the rhythmic hammering of its surface. Gongs are customarily used to commence an important event or ceremony. Gamelan music also uses a lot of gong sound effects. The only remaining gong foundry in West Java, Sukarna invites visitors to watch artisans handcraft gongs and other gamelan instruments using traditional methods: simple equipment, an open furnace and bellows. Opposite the factory, visitors can observe the hand-carving of wooden gong stands. A showroom smartly displays the handsome products
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TimeToTravelAgain
Southampton, UK420 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited on a Sunday and whilst the staff were happy to show us a few ready made gongs, they said we would need to come back during the week to see them being made.

When we returned on the Monday they looked a bit surprised we were back, and it quickly became clear that they were repeatedly putting a very old gong (with holes!) into the fire, heating it up and bashing it a few times to show tourists, rather than actually making anything. I have no idea if they ever make anything any more, but there were no signs that they did in terms of materials, etc. They were much more focused on extracting a large tip than anything else!
Written 21 October 2023
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Kevin Y
Chandler, AZ128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Back in the 90's I was working in Singapore and one of my clients had this beautiful gong. I asked him about it and he told me he had gotten made here, at the Gong factory in Bogor. Eventually I got one of my clients to take me there and I ordered a 30" gong. Two months later I picked it up. It was beautiful. I still sits in the family room of our house in Arizona. Recently I was back in Bogor with some friends and asked to take them to the Gong Factory. It is really worth seeing for a foriegn tourist. To see how they make the gongs in the back of a house in a hot shed is amazing! We bought a new smaller gong this time and will take it home to hang with our other one. Well worth the trip if you are in Bogor!
Written 4 June 2023
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Pathfinder458652
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
We were residents of Indonesia for several years. Bogar is or was a notable shopping area to have furniture made. It is also home of The Gong Factory. I dont know what people expect; but the owners sit you down in their primative but efficient "showroom". We saw the operation; which is breathtaking.......literally. I dont know how the gong creators do it. They are in a firey pit banging and shaping the gongs. We chose a gong to the size and tone we wanted and of course the frame we wanted. We also designed a Gamalon coffee table to our specs (they probably still have the book on their coffee table). This was around 2003. I hope they are still showing their works.
Written 7 January 2020
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bradenta
Jakarta, Indonesia265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
A bit of a walk off the beaten trail, this Gong workshop was worth it to me to meet the craftsman and see how they work the metals in a traditional way, despite the heat and modern technology.

I didn't buy a gong, nor was I asked or pressured to do so. I did leave a nice tip, after enjoying the stories, watching them demonstrate their time honed skills (without really ANY precasution for safety) and taking some pictures.
Written 22 July 2018
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Jokosan
Bogor, Indonesia7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
So, this place is quite challenging due to infamous to local. Gong Factory is not far from Bogor Trade Mal (BTM) and Empang. This place is great and definitely needs government attention. The workers work very hard and I must say that they wish extra money from visitor as well. If you want to see how the Gong made, you can visit here, and it's give you new perspective and knowledge.
Written 12 May 2017
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Sabine S
Malaysia1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
We went to the Bogor factor and ordered a gong and frame. The frame was delivered to Malaysia but the gone never appeared. After 6+ calls to the owner of the gone factory we gave up; he wanted more money to re-send the gong without any guarantee he would actually send it.
Written 1 February 2016
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AndrewF729
London, UK189 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
It is listed as a Gong "factory", but really it is just a small workshop. We visited on a Sunday afternoon, after having been to the Botanical Gardens earlier. The place was not too difficult to find and had a small reception area which looked like someone's living room, but there was no need to go into this part. We walked down a small alley and into the workshop which was unlit and had a coal fire on the ground where about 4 guys were sitting around not doing very much. They were happy for us to take photos and they stoked up the fire with some air to create sparks and flames to make it look more interesting for us! There was one small gong on the ground and nearby we also saw one guy beating the metal with a hammer. Behind the workshop was a store room where bags of coal were stored and there were maybe 6 gongs wrapped in cellophane plus a couple of Gamelan musical instruments which I briefly tried with a hammer, but I can't say they were pitch perfect! There was an old guy sitting outside who I believe was the owner. The workers seemed to want me to leave a tip for taking photos, but I didn't bother. There was someone in the reception room who could speak some English and he said that tourists visited most days, although at the time we were the only visitors. You can buy things here although we were not looking to buy anything so we did not ask about prices. We stayed for no more than 20 minutes. If you have seen a blacksmiths workshop then this will look like a more primitive version.
Written 17 August 2015
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Monkeymonkey
Bogor, Indonesia189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014
I don't know how often you can visit a place like this anywhere in the world. It is basically a dark shed with a couple of mounds of coal in which firepits glow and chaps poke at glowing bronze gamelan pots and gongs, taking them out with tongs to beat them into shape at your feet. The family have been doing this same process for around 200 years and the gongs are in gamelan, embassies, orchestras, theatre companies, museums and private collections all over the world.

We just bought a 30cm gong for IDR 1.1 million (± USD 90), which, given it is bronze, handmade and tuned (beaten at the command of a granddad with good ears) to improve its voice while we waited, I think we got a bargain for a 3kg piece of musical and cultural history.

You'd be crazy not to visit and buy, unless of course you prefer your history more neatly and inauthentically served in which case there are more than enough offerings elsewhere.
Written 26 December 2014
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Hellen L
Jakarta, Indonesia200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
How lucky I was to finally visit this gong craftsmanship gallery. I call it so because it is far from any sophisticated hi-tech factory; it is an amazing craftsmanship gallery where the workers manually and delicately manufacture the percussions of gamelan set.
The frontest pavilion (with A/C) is the marketing gallery. In the second pavilion, a three-side-wall working space, we could watch the workers working with the metals: a round piece of bronze plat is beaten by 4 men (each bangs an 8-kg-hammer) for about 2 minutes, and then it is moved to the fire fueled by charcoal (managed by one man) and blower (attentively switched on/off by one dedicated man) over and over. The sound of the banging is a prelude to gamelan orchestra (at least to my ears). Amazing! The rear pavilion (two stories) is for wood working and carvings, i.e. for the base/hanger of those percussions. On that day, the workers were finishing a Betawi gambang kromong set and a Lampung gamelan set. They are about to make a copy of an old set of Balinese gamelan. Wow….. Balinese gamelan made in Pasundan. We could identify the origin from the motives of the wood carvings. One more step to do: tuning the tone of each piece. What a detailed and impressive craftsmanship! This valuable visit has answered my curiosity.
Written 26 December 2013
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Aang
Irvine, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Solo
The Gong Factory is small, but worth a visit, partly because it is in an urban area that is one of the most fascinating and friendly on this planet.

Yes, it's more fun than Fes or Rio.

In the factory you can see chaps making old stuff the old way. Real Medieval.

Indonesia still has lots of tiny little factories where kids make everything from shoes to crackers.

But the main reason for coming here is that, after your visit, you can then set off on foot to explore this unspoilt urban area of happy smiling people, kids flying kites, frangipani and bougainvillea, little red roofed houses, narrow canals and rivers full of young bathers, giant tropical trees and various magical scents and sounds.

You see, it's more colourful than Fes, and it's safer than Rio, and there are no tourists.

Bogor should be a World Heritage Site.
Written 14 October 2013
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