Pangkor Island ( Pulau Pangkor ) – Dutch Fort ( Kota Belanda )
The Dutch Fort (Kota Belanda in Malay) is a fort in Pangkor Island (Pulau Pangkor in Malay), Perak, Malaysia. The Dutch Fort is the remnants of an outpost of Dutch attempts to control trade in the Malay peninsula. The Dutch called it Fort Dindingh.
The fort was built in 1670 by the Dutch, with the purpose of the storage and protection of tin supplies from the sultanate of Perak. The Dutch Fort was destroyed in 1690 by the Malay people who were discontent with the ways used by the Dutch in obtaining the minerals in Malay.
Dutch Fort was rebuilt by the Dutch in 1743, and a total of 60 soldiers was placed to protect the fort until 1748, when the force was disbanded and abandoned.
The fort was reconstructed by Malaysia’s museum department in 1973, it was gazette as an historical site and ancient monument under the Antiquities Act 1976 No. 242 Perak Gazette dated 21 March 1978.
Dutch Fort is near to the ocean and consists of three brick walls with round windows at regular intervals. A small park and some souvenir stores have been built up around this area for visitors, and Dutch Fort is a popular tourist spot in Pangkor Island.
Dutch Fort is located about 1.4 KM from Pangkor town.
Dutch Fort, Kampung Teluk Gedung,
32300 Pulau Pangkor,