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Visiting Vredeburg Fort in Yogyakarta

When you are in Yogyakarta and want to have a historical tour, Vredeburg Fort could be your choice. The fact that it was built by the Netherland army in the past gives Yogyakarta a western touch in the middle of local architectures. At first, the name of the fort is Rustenburg (rest) but later was changed into Vredeburg (peace). Thus, Vredeburg Fort  mean fort of peace. 
Another cool thing about this fort is that it is surrounded by trenches and it also has four control towers so that you’ll feel like you are in Yogyakarta in the 18th century. In fact, it was built in 1765 and the building area is 2100 square meters. With this spacious width, you definitely will have an amazing time exploring the place and taking pictures. Moreover, this place is now a museum so if you plan to do a study tour, you’re in the right place.
Vredeburg Fort is located at the end of Malioboro Street. In fact, after you finish exploring Malioboro, you can directly go this museum either by walking or hiring a becak. Since it’s very close, you just have to pay five thousand rupiahs to reach it from Malioboro. The admission fee to enter the museum is also very cheap. With only two thousand rupiahs (About 25cents), you can explore the old Yogyakarta and how it feels like to be in an old fort, just like in fairytales.
Just like any other museums, Vredeburg Fort has many antiquities from the Netherland era. There, you will also see dioramas from before Indonesia’s proclamation era until New Order or Orde Baru era. Besides, you can also see many historical objects, pictures from the past, and even paintings about how Indonesia’s heroes in the past struggled to defend the country. The moment of exploring the museum can be very thrilling as the museum atmosphere is set to feel quiet and somehow mysterious. Even, some say that it can at time feel haunted. Therefore, if you plan to visit, it is highly suggested that you don’t go there alone.
Although the place has been restored several times, the original form of the building is still maintained. So, you don’t have to worry that it’s not similar to how it looked like in the past. The only area changed is the indoor part as now the function of Vredeburg Fort is as a museum. Occasionally, seminars are held here but the must be an appointment beforehand. Furthermore, the place also provides a free Wi-Fi. There is also a library so if you want to know about Indonesia’s or Yogyakarta’s history, you can read the books there. On the outside of the museum, you can see some old monuments that you can capture with your camera.
In short, you should definitely visit this place because the lessons and knowledge you’ll get here are invaluable and the reminiscent of the past surely will give you a thrill. And the fort should be visited when you come to Yogyakarta.
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