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.

Dutch barracks converted into homes, and are still being used.

Dutch barracks converted into homes, and are still being used.

Benteng Belanda (Dutch Fort)

In addition to the old wooden structures, there is also the remnants of what the people in the area call a benteng (fort). There’s nothing really left of that structure, other than a concrete slab and crumbling walls. The entire length of the structure isn’t much over 50’. The area of the fort is all overgrown with trees and bushes and is very hard to see from the road which passes only 75’ away.

What is left of the Dutch fort.

What is left of the Dutch fort.

Japanese Fort?

Some information from the Internet makes the claim that this fort was built by the Japanese during WWII. The people living in the community said that that information was wrong and that it was a Dutch fort. From the looks of the wooden buildings in the area, which follow the Dutch architecture commonly found throughout Indonesia, we would be inclined to agree with the people, that it was a Dutch fort.

April 29, 2013

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