Dutch Fort

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 Fort in Muara Tembesi

Benteng di Kecamatan Muara Tembesi

(Peninggalan Belanda)

Dutch home built in the early part of the 1900's, still in use by several Indonesian families.

Dutch home built in the early part of the 1900’s, still in use by several Indonesian families.

Positioned along a sharp bend on the Batanghari River, approximately 5km to the northwest of the City of Muara Tembesi, remains evidence of a former Dutch settlement (and some make the claim that it was also a Dutch fort). At this time there’s no remaining evidence of a fort or any old canons, but the Dutch architecture can clearly be seen in the old homes, which at this time are occupied by Indonesian families.)


Water Tower

Water Tower in the City of Jambi. The tower is referred to as being the Dutch benteng (fort).

The City of Jambi has within it a water tower that was built in 1928 by the Dutch during the colonial period. The water tower was built specifically for the storage and distribution of water. Confusingly, the tower is always referred to as the Dutch “benteng” (fort), yet it was never used as such. Many in the City of Jambi are under the impression that the water tower was at one time used as a Dutch fort.