Historical Japanese & Dutch Fortresses in Weh Island, Aceh Province - Indonesia


What makes Aceh Province is a recommended destination for a vacation? Most tourists recognize such region due to its culture and the charms of a religious tour. Well, it is true but many other attractions reside there. For instance, it is the series of reminiscences of the Dutch and Japanese Army during the World War II. They are the old fortresses, which scatter in Weh (Sabang) Island. Despite the secluded location, Weh becomes a worthy vacation destination for tourists. Not only it features stunning nature, the island becomes the home of those historical structures!

The Nuance
Among the fortresses that scatter in Weh Island, the most famous one is Anoi Itam. The location is in the east part of the island and it resides near to a beautiful beach local (having the same name of it). It is true that the condition is bad, but it remains a great place to explore. In the past, the Japanese Army used the fortress to store their ammo and weapons during WWII. Not to mention it became a place for hiding and defending from the enemies. The unique part is that the fortress is buried under the ground! Another attractive feature is the roof, which represents the shape of a horseshoe.

Exploring the Site
Once tourists arrive at the site, they might see stunning views of nature including a hill, dense trees, stairs, Anoi Beach, and definitely the small fortress located at the foot of the hill. The thing is they need to climb the stairs in order to reach the fortress. Have no worries. It is a worthy effort due to the presence of lush nature views that surround the site. When getting near to the fortress, a small structure resides underground having the size of about 1.5 x 1.5 meters.

From above, the view of Malaka Strait is seen clearly too! What are the other features? In front of the fortress, tourists might find old cannon having the length of approximately 3 meters. The fact is that the cannon becomes the prime charm of the fortress. No wonder, tourists often take a picture of it and get some selfies in front of the cannon. This explains why bringing a camera is recommended when visiting the fortress.

Apart from Anoi Itam Fortress, Weh Island also becomes the home of other historical structures like Tapak Gajah Fortress and NV Zeehaven En Kolenstation. Both of them are also worth a visit during the holiday. As for the tip, it is better to hire a tour guide when exploring the island. It might help everyone to get around Weh Island and visit those interesting structures efficiently, after all.

Nearby Attractions
•   Batu Gajah Local Bath 
•   Gapang Beach
•   Anoi Itam Beach

How to Get There
From Banda Aceh City of Indonesia, tourists can simply head to Ulee Lheue Port and take a ferry to Weh Island. It takes about 2 hours to reach the island, actually. As an alternative, they can take a speedboat and get a faster trip to the island, which only takes about 45 minutes. The fee is more expensive, though. Once arriving at the island, it is time to hire a local guide and visit those historical structures one at the time.

Where to Stay

  • Iboih Inn
  • Nagoya Inn
  • Weh Paradise Resort

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