In the period of Dutch colony, Bengkulu had been I exploited thoroughly
by various efforts. The power of colony had covered all village's aspect of life, such as Kulturstelsel coffee planting, exploitation
of gold-mining, taxies, various contributions and fines which had to be collected. The schools were restricted on low grade
education, and it was just for a few certain people who were aimed to cover the shortage of low workers. The different classification
between indigenous people with Western and Chinese had been instilled, aimed to increase the profit and keeping the stability
of colony power. This situation went on until the Japanese army entered Bengkulu to graph the Dutch power in 1942.
Japanese military occupation from 1942 until 1945 all funds and forces aimed to sake of the Japanese army. Japan centralized
its activity in Manna, South Bengkulu as a greases defense basic in the west coast of the southern parts of Sumatra.
The anguish of the people reached to the top of affliction. Thousands of people died by forced labor, less feeding and attached
by decease. It was over on August 1 7th 1945 because the Indonesian people proclaimed their independence.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Bung Karno Residence Memory
While Bung Karno, the
first President of Indonesia was isolated in Bengkulu located in Sukarno-Hatta Street, Anggut Atas Bengkulu. Some means of his property such as bicycle, reverence books and drama uniform are well collected
inside the building.
PARR and HAMILTON MONUMENT
Located on the brink of protocol road in Bengkulu city. The monument was established as for the remembrance
of the death of two British Residents in Bengkulu namely Parr and Hamilton Resident.
The long white clean beach which hardly to find in another Indonesian beach
is good to do sunbathing and some marine attractions. In the beach is also available a swimming pool, playing tennis facility,
looking guard house, restaurants, seaside conage and starred hotels. It is only three kilometers from the central of Bengkulu
PASIR PUTIH BEACH
This is located near the ocean harbour Pulau Baai about 19 kms. From Bengkulu city, asphalted
road, it can be reached by all four wheel vihicles. The beach is clean enough with its white sand, grown by natural spruces
along the beach very suitable for family recreation for it is out of the city, easily to reach and free from polution.
The Island covers an area of 40,260 hectares which is dominated by dense rain forest with its
wild buffaloes. Mainly we can see the culture, or the life manners of traditional society and native's Enggano dances. The
island can be reached by a pioneer bat at pulau Baai harbour or hiring a small boat at Bintuhan seaport.
as a British colonialist heritage, Marlborough locates in the main street
of Bengkulu. Inside the building, there is a subway connected to the outside. It was established by East Indian Company (EIC)
in 1713- 1919 under Joseph Callet Governor General and as the second strongest fort built by British in the east after Fort
George in Madras, India.
DENDAM TAK SUDAH LAKE
and exciting view of Dendam Tak Sudah (eternal lavo devotion) lake is set surrounded by mountainous scenery and hosted by
habitat for typical water orchid called Vanda Hookeriana naturally a hydro parasitic plant, as well as a means of natural
conservation in biodiversity. This lake has been used for fishing, canoeing and other water sports facility proposed.
BUKIT KABA VULCANIC CRATER
A beautiful and natural panorama with moderate
temperature has a number of visitors from domestic and foreign tourists to catch a view of a unique and spectacular sulfuric
crater. It located away 104 km from Bengkulu and about 19 km from Curup, the capital city of Rejang Lebong District, at 1937 m above sea level. This particular area hosted by two big sulfuric calderas with twelve active craters.
The area covers 13.490 hectares as it is proposed for tourism development.
Tikus island is a group of small islands being surrounded by rock composition with its various
colorful fish. The island has a good potential to developed marine tourism, particularly around the area is quite enjoyable
to do fishing, snorkeling or diving. In the island there is a light house which is occupied by a safe guard family. It is
easy to get the island because of not far from Bengkulu city and visible from Bengkulu coast by firing a speed-boat in the
old harbor of Bengkulu city.
90 kms from capital of Bengkulu, it just takes two hours drive by car or bus, or 6 kms from Curup town. Suban is good for
bathing of the source of natural hot water. Near by the place, there are waterfalls on top and bottom of the Small Rivers