Sumedang has a Dutch heritage fort. His name is Kolecer Sand Fort. Built in 1907, this fort is more than 1 century old. What’s the story like?
Kolecer Sand Fort, as local residents call this Dutch heritage fort. The fort is located in the Gunung Gadung area, Sukajaya Village, South Sumedang District.
Kolecer Sand Fort has two buildings that resemble a hiding bunker and a defensive fort. The fort is located on a hill flanked by rice fields and hilly valleys.
A fort building that resembles a bunker measuring about 5×6 meters with a hiding space in it. While the other fort is larger, namely 5.6 x 7.5 meters. In addition to having a bunker room, the second fort has walls resembling a lookout and defensive walls.
Although it seems hidden, but now there are two houses located near the location of the fort. The fort still looks intact even though the door of the fort is gone.
According to residents, the fort originally had a door. But now that door is gone. “When I was little, the fort had a door, but now it’s gone,” said local resident Opik to detikcom.
Kolecer Sand Fort Photo: Nur Azis
The fort area by local residents used to be one of the residents’ favorite play areas. “In the past, I really liked to be a play area, yes, people knew the former Dutch fort,” he said.
The caretaker of the Banten Cultural Heritage Preservation Center, Nana said this site was built in 1907 by the Dutch colonial government. The fort was first discovered by a team from the Serang Archaeological Heritage Preservation Center office.
“In the past, it was very poorly maintained, even the fort building was not visible to the bushes and almost full of landslides, then in 1998 the Serang Archaeological Heritage Preservation Office also placed and appointed caretakers to care for, guard and maintain the fort,” he explained.
Nana explained, Kolecer Sand Fort has two fort buildings. the first building serves as a guard post or defense post. “Meanwhile, the second function of the fort building is as a warehouse for weapons and ammunition,” he said.
The first and second forts are about 15 meters apart. The second fort has a cannon base that leads to a forest.
Apart from Kolecer Sand Fort, there is another Dutch heritage fort in Sumedang, namely Pasir Laja Fort. The two are about 500-750 meters apart.
Nana said that the Kolecer Sand Fort and Pasir Laja Fort were built by employing local residents. Even the ingredients, said Nana, came from residents who were bought by the Dutch.
“Dutch colonials at that time employed local residents not by means of forced labor but were given wages but the wages were not commensurate with the workload of the residents,” he said.
The Kolecer and Pasir Laja sand forts are now a cultural heritage under the protection of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Directorate General of Culture, the Banten Cultural Heritage Preservation Center.
“People from out of town also like to have people visit the Gunung Gadung Fort,” he concluded.
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