Its name is often said to be derived from the Sundanese words of "Cai" (or river) and "Rebon" (or "shrimp"). (Indeed the main production of the city is fishery including shrimps.) The alternative Javanese derivation is from "Caruban", meaning "mixture"--a reference to Cirebon's complex mix of Javanese, Malay, Sundanese, Chinese and Arabic cultural elements. While Indonesians from outside of Cirebon pronounce the name CHEE-ray-bone, locals say Cher-BONE.
The city weather is hot and humid. Wear cotton clothes. You do not need long sleeves shirt, instead a T-shirt and knee-long trousers are comfortable. Some places like mosques (masjid) and temples require polite dress such as long trousers/skirts. Hot pants/mini skirts will attract people attention and might be considered impolite.
By rail from Jakarta (Gambir Station or Jatinegara Station) you can take the Cirebon Express for Rp 55,000 or Rp 75,000. It takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes.
There are several ways of getting around the town of Cirebon.
1. By Car - This is the most convenience way of travel around in Cirebon. 2. By 'Angkot' - This is the public transport in Cirebon, however, they are not as comfortable as your own private car. Cost around Rp 3000 ?? 3. By 'Becak' - Becak is similar to rickshaw. You hop on the 'wheeled chair' and the driver will cycle the becak around for you. It cost you from Rp 5000 to Rp 20 000 (depend on your first offering to the becak driver, well you can negotiate the price as they are no official price for becak)
The well-known batik brand in Cirebon is Kencana Ungu
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