Benteng de Kock

West Sumatra

Benteng de Kock was built by the Dutch during the Padri Wars. Other than a few cannons and ramparts, there’s not much to it now apart from the nice gardens and fine views over town. The entrance is down a fairly discreet side street running off Jl Teuku Umar. Connecting it with a depressing zoo (we don’t recommend visiting it) is the attractive Minangkabau-style Limpapeh bridge, stretching 90m above the road. This prominent city landmark was erected in 1992.

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