At Teluk Gedung lies the 330-year-old stone foundation of a Dutch Fort (Kota Belanda) built in 1670 to control the tin trade on mainland Perak. It was one of the Dutch strongholds against pirates and local Malays. Historically, Pangkor was a refuge for local fishermen, merchants and pirates. Actually, during the Dutch occupation in the 17th century, tin supplies from Pangkor and the mainland were stored for protection in this fort. As time goes by, the locals were unhappy with the treatment of the Dutch. So, they managed to destroy the fort sometime in 1690.
The Dutch then rebuilt it in 1743 and placed 60 soldiers to guard it. But this lasted for only 5 years before the Dutch decided to abandon the fort all together after a local warrior, Panglima Kulub, and his followers attacked it.
A partially completed house was standing at the end of a terraced garden. It looks kind of creepy!
#12 The foundations of the fort remain to this day, and you can visit the grounds to see the original cannons used during the Dutch occupation of Pangkor Island!
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