Dutch Fort and Other Buildings

The buildings in the pasar (market) are all like this--Dutch architecture.

The buildings in the pasar (market) all have
Dutch architecture.
The date of this building is posted just below the second story window (1937).

In the City of Muara Tebo

For those traveling through the City of Muara Tebo and you’d like to take a short 30 minute break, you could drive through the small city to look at the old Dutch wooden buildings which are still in use. The buildings located in the very center of the city, called the pasar, or market, are all wooden buildings of Dutch architecture from 1930 era. As you drive around you will see that people are still living in homes and barracks that were at one time used by the Dutch solders and their families.


Glimpse of Scenery and People

Below are some pictures we took and a video we made of

the scenery and people that can be seen on the eastern side of the mountain range in the western portion of the

Jambi Province of Indonesia.

Water buffalo grazing in front of an irrigation water wheel (kincir air).


Member of the JBD Squad in Muara Bungo

Member of the JBD Squad in Muara Bungo.

JBD Squad

(Jasa Bunda Dance Squad)

During a recent visit to Muara Bungo we spent a leisurely evening at a local park named Taman Pusparagam. The park was previously a soccer field, and at that time it was called Taman Semagor. Though the park is no longer a soccer field, and the name was changed, most of the people in the city still refer to the park by its former name—Taman Semagor.

The park has four rock climbing walls, one huge inflatable attraction for children, as well as a small train. Surrounding the park are numerous food vendors which sell a wide assortment of traditional Indonesian food.

Break Dancing


This is our translation of a legend from the Jambi Province.

The Magic Stone

From the Village of Kedotan

Cannon Named "Raden Panjang"Located at the front of the yard at elementary school #119 (SD N 119).

Cannon Named “Raden Panjang”
Located at the front of the yard of elementary school #119 (SD N 119).
The magic stone was said to be taken from this cannon.

The Village of Kedotan has a number of interesting legends that outsiders find interesting. One such story is that of the stone that was found in the cannon called “Raden Panjang.”

This story is quite recent, having said to have taken place in 1994. The story was rehearsed to us by a group of teachers from the National Elementary School #119 (SD N 119). The teachers and others in the village very adamantly believe this story to be true.

The story went like this: