Fort de Kock in Air Birugo Tigo Baleh Sub-District, Indonesia
Only passionate travelers have recognized the history of Bukittinggi City. For example, it is regarding the old name of the region which is Fort de Kock. It is not only just a name, though. Tourists can even find a historical fort that shares the same name and it is located in Sapiran Village. In terms of region, it belongs to Aur Birugo Tigo Baleh Sub-District. What is it, exactly? Fort de Kock was built in 1825 by the Dutch and it functioned as a base during the war. Today, though, the site becomes a good option to spend a family recreation and learn history regarding the Padri War.
In terms of nuance, Fort de Kock looks soothing and peaceful. It is because the building resides in an open field, surrounded by trees and comfortable landscape. To be exact, the fort is located on Jirek Hill, so it takes a short trekking to get to the location. Near to it, several cannons surround the fort and these look quite old as well. The fact is that they have been there since the 19th century. The fort has the color of white and it has the height of about 20 meters. Another interesting feature is the presence of kids’ rides located near to the main building!
Exploring Fort de Kock
The first thing that tourists can do in Fort de Kock is to learn its history. A local guide may tell them about it, for sure. It is said the fort was built by Captain Bouer in 1825. At the time, the Dutch took advantage of the fort to defend the city from the attacks of Minangkabau People (especially during the Padri War between 1821 and 1837). No wonder, visitors can see the reminiscences of such conflict like cannons, which are located near to the structure.
Knowing the historical and tourism value of Fort de Kock, the local government decided to renovate it in 2002. It turned into a nicer place for tourists to visit since then. Not to mention it has become Bukittinggi City Park and becomes one of the most interesting vacation destinations during weekends. Moreover, due to its strategic location (which is near to Bukittinggi Zoo and Baanjuang Traditional House Museum, more tourists come to the site over time including outsiders and foreigners!
Another thing to do in Fort de Kock is to take some pictures of the building. It is because tourists are allowed to explore and get in the fort freely. There is only one rule. They should not litter or cause troubles on the site. It is important to preserve such historical fort, after all.
- BDB Monument
- Ngarai Park
- Kinantan Zoo
- Gadang Grand Clock
How to Get There
From Padang City, tourists need to spend a trip for about 2 hours and 40 minutes as the distance is 95.6 km. Their first destination is Air Birugo Tigo Baleh Sub-District. Later, they only need to reach Sapiran Village and conduct a short trekking to Jirek Hill. For a faster trip, it is important to take Lintas Barat Sumatera Street, though.
Where to Stay
- Gangga Hotel
- Royal Denai Hotel
- Marmy Hotel
- Nirwana Hotel