Alun-alun Surya Kencana is an area that is in the area of Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park with an area of 50 hectares in the form of approximately 80% grassland and 20% Edelweis located at an altitude of 2,750 meters above sea level. Its beauty, splendor, and mythology created Alun-alun Surya Kencana the most crowded destination among mountain climbers in Indonesia.
In addition, alun-alun Surya Kencana is a favorite place for climbers to set up tents when camping. The reason is because the area is very broad and certainly the panorama or beautiful scenery with a stretch of Edelweiss Flowers or people around often call it eternal flowers.
Called a perpetual flower, because if the flower is picked, the flower will not wither or die rot within a few days like most other flowers. Edelweiss itself is one of the rare flowers that is only found in cold air mountains with an altitude of approximately 2,000 masl.
Myths and Mystical Stories at Alun-Alun Surya Kencana
Alun-Alun Surya Kencana being famous for its beauty, alun-alun Surya Kencana also has its own mystical stories. That is, some climbers to Mount Gede Pangrango who have been to the Alun-alun Surya Kencana hear a sound of a horse’s footsteps running around. But, the form of the horse is not visible. Based on folklore, the incident was a sign of Prince Surya Kencana coming which was escorted by his soldiers. On the other hand, climbers sometimes saw a palace that appeared on the square
The Origin of Alun-alun Surya Kencana
According to Cianjur folk legend, the name of Alun-alun Surya Kencana was taken from the history of Raden Surya Kencana, he was named Raden Surya Kencana Winata Mangku Bumi. Raden Surya Kencana is a son of Pangeran Aria Wiratanudatar, the Founder of the City of Cianjur, who is married to the daughter of an Islamic genie. Then Raden Surya Kencana was married by Prince Aria Wiratanudatar with one of the daughters of the Jinn nation and was believed to be living in the Jinn and dwelling in Mount Gede Pangrango.
Petilasan Raden Surya Kencana throne is in the form of a large saddle-shaped stone. Until now the petilasan is still in the middle of the square and called Batu Dongdang. The water source in the center of the square is believed to be a place for drinking and bathing. He and the Jinn people made the alun2 as a rice barn called Leuit Salawe, Salawe Jajar, and coconut salawe tangkal, salawe manggar.