Dutch Fort, Pulau Pangkor

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The Dutch Fort is a fort in Pangkor Island, Manjung District, Perak, Malaysia. The ruins are the remnants of an outpost of Dutch attempts to control trade in the Malay peninsula. In the Malay language, the fort is called Kota Belanda. The Dutch called it Fort Dindingh, after the Dinding River, on the mainland of Perak, Malaysia.

The fort was built by the Dutch in 1670 for storage and protection of tin supplies from the sultanate of Perak. It was destroyed in 1690 by the Malays who were discontent with the methods used by the Dutch in obtaining minerals. It was rebuilt by the Dutch in 1743, and a force of 60 soldiers was placed to guard the fort until 1748, when the force was disbanded and abandoned.

The fort was reconstructed by Malaysia's museum department in 1973 and was gazetted as an ancient monument and historical site under the Antiquities Act 1976 No. 242 Perak Gazette dated 21 March 1978. According to this act, any person found guilty of vandalising an ancient monument and historical site is liable to imprisonment not exceeding three months or a fine not exceeding five hundred Malaysian ringgit or to both.

It is set a short distance from the ocean and consists of three brick walls with round windows at regular intervals. A small park and some souvenir stores have been set up around the area for visitors, and it is a popular tourist sight on the island today.
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  • Instagram caption place.A small park and some souvenirs stores have been set up around the area for visitors,and it is a popular tourist attraction on the island.  more »
  • We were on our way to visit the mosque and you pass by the fort en route, so it was no big deal to stop and have a quick look. Only warrants a few minutes.  more »
  • a historical site with the ruins and the remnants of an outpost built by the Dutch in an attempts to control trade in the early day of Malay peninsula. nicely restored and rebuilt with tourist in mind. shops selling souvenirs and snack food&drinks. a good place for taking your holiday photos
  • Malacca you have the Portuguese fort A Farmosa, in Penang you have the English fort Cornwallis and in Pangkor lies the remains of the Dutch fort, not too sure what's the name of this fort. Remarkable this tiny little remains remind us of the existence of the Dutch supremacy after the Portuguese left. Looking at the remains of the structure I wonder how many could occupied inside a cram up size. The walls still looks strong and intact minus the roof and certain parts of the building. What you still find here is a reasonably underground built cell. This a plague placed at the entrance of the fort but the writing has faded and you can hardly read what's written on it. Overall this piece of remain reminded us of the people that had passed through this country. Primarily the place is decently kept but not enough crowd to boost up the place. Little effort to promote this site could be the reason its drawing blanks. A sad side to the stores occupying the lots here, I noticed they too are low on sales. Hopefully with new added attractions will see a changing trend and be among the drawing attractions to the island.

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