Bandung looks like Cambodia, with Hong Kong style shopping malls in between. Starving cats on non-existing sidewalks, surface cables galore, shanty homes, waste water channels, and then... King Kong, Gucci, and Chanel.
I won't attempt a socioeconomic study of what went wrong here, so let's take a look at Trans Studios Bandung on its own merit: and it's surprisingly great! Situated inside a first-rate shopping mall, the indoor theme park sports a Universal Studios-like atmosphere (the future Universal Studios Moscow may look and feel like this), with meticulous theming throughout, a thrilling outdoor roller coaster, and a superbly atmospheric ghost train, one of the best I have ever encountered. Everything went right in here.
...And everything went wrong out there: once you leave the gleamy mall behind, it's back to the reality of starving cats, surface cables and shanty homes. What would you do with your Chanel bag there?