Bengkulu Province Travel Guide: 119 reviews and 404 photos


Bengkulu is one Province of Indonesia, situated on the Southern Part of Sumatra island and Western beach of Sumatra. Toward the east, a Bukit Barisan Hill stretched as a border line to other Province. The area of about 19,978,870 sq km lying on the southwestern coast of Sumatra island, with the population of about 1,464,000 .
The view in the picture is seen from Sungai Suci Beach, from this point going to southward we can reach Bengkulu beach where there is a Fort Marlborough stand beside the beach.

Bengkulu began from a few small Kingdom, SUNGAI SERUTkingdom, SUNGAI HITAMkingdom, SUNGAI LEMAU kingdom and SELEBARkingdom. According to the History, they have been long set up a coordination of their administration centralized at Bengkulu. Then in 1685 an expedition lead by Ralph Ord and William from United Kingdom (British) landed to Bengcoolen.
In 1784 there is an agreement between British Colony , Sungai Hitam Kingdom and Sungai Lemau Kingdom when Bengcoolen under British colony in which Bengcoolenwas the seat of British Power which ruling the western parts of the Archipelago. At that time the Population of Bengkulu approximately 10,000 which comprise of multi ethnic group: REJANG, SERAWAI, MELAYU(bENGKULUmalay) AND cHINESE.In 1713 till 1719 British East India established a warehouse and fortification, later on was named FORT MARLBOROUGH which still exist as a Fort Marlborough or in Indonesia BENTENG MARLBOROUGH until now

FortMARLBOROUGHbuilt by BritishEast.I in1713

FORT MARLBOROUGH is an old fortress Built in 1713 till 1719 by British East India, located at the beach side of Bengkulu. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1817 was appointed by British Administration as Lieutenannt Governor of Bengcoolen(Bengkulu), during his administration, a botanist JOSEPH ARNOLD discovered the world largest flower at Manna district, southern parts of Bengkulu, the Flower is wellknown as RAFFLESIA ARNOLDI. tHE bRITISH RULED THE REGION more than 100 years, then in 1825 under the LONDON Treaty , the administration was Handing over to the Dutch until Indonesia get the Independence Day in 1945...(may11,2006)

ThomasPARR and HAMILTON Monument

PARR and Hamilton WAS FORMER hEAD OF bENGKULU rESIDENCE, WHEN bENGKULU was UNDER THE bRITISH administration which was began from the year of 1685, the monument was built to memeorize them, located at the protocol road of Bengkulu Province, not far from FORT Marlborough.
Bengkulu as one of a new Province in Indonesia starting from November 1968,now divided into 8 regencies and one municipality, namely from North to South are: MUKO MUKORegency, LEBONG Regency, NORTH BENGKULU Regency, REJANG LEBONG Regency, KEPAHIYANG Regency, BENGKULU City, SELUMA Regency, SOUTH BENGKULU Regency and KAUR Regency. Geographically, Bengkulu is divided into two regions, the Western parts is a beach line which facing Indian ocean stretch from north to the south as long as 500 km and the Eastern parts which is constitute as a mountainous range of Bukit Barisan.

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  • Pros:A Tranquil Small Province with Beach Forest and Hill
  • In a nutshell:Exciting the Beach,RainForest,Hill and Mountain
  • Last visit to Bengkulu Province: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 10, 2007
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