Pendem Fort in Ambarawa City, Central Java Province


Ambarawa City is part of Semarang Regency and it becomes a nice vacation destination especially for those who are into history. It is because the region offers some good places to learn history and conduct photography! For instance, there is Pendem Fort located in Lodoyong Village. Another name is Willem I Fort and it has been there for more than a century! It is true people are interested in visiting the site due to the historical aspect, but there are other reasons. Some tourists come to the fort to conduct photography and feel the mystical nuance directly!

The Nuance
In terms of nuance, as mentioned before, Pendem Fort emits a mystical nuance due to the old age and its history. The fort is big enough for tourists to explore, though. The construction remains sturdy, but the walls are peeling off due to bad weather. Also, some of the surfaces are covered with moss and weeds. The ambiance is creepy enough at noon, but it becomes creepier when the night is coming near! Some locals even say that the fort is haunted! This explains why most tourists only come either in the morning or at noon.

Exploring Pendem Fort
For the information, Ambarawa has an interesting history. No wonder, tourists can find several historical sites scattered in different parts of the region. Well, Pendem Fort is not an exception. The location is not even far from the famous Kereta Api Museum. Thus, tourists can get to the fort after visiting the museum or vice versa. Actually, Willem I fort becomes more popular after it became the shooting site for a film called Soekarno.

So, what are the motives to visit the fort? Some people come to the site in order to learn the history, without a doubt. In terms of name, “Pendem” means buried. It is said the fort was once buried underground. It was actually a strategy in order to counter the enemies. Some locals said the fort was used to store supplies back then, though. Also, it was built during the reign of Colonel Hoorn! That means it has been there since 1834. It is a little bit surprising that it remains in a sturdy condition until now.

Photography becomes the next reason why many tourists are interested in visiting Pendem Fort. They can simply take selfies in front of the walls or doors of the fort. One thing, they must come during the bright day. The purpose is to get enough sunlight and avoid the creepy nuance of the site. It is surprising that some locals often come to the fort at night, though!

Nearby Attractions

  • Kampung Pelangi
  • Eling Bening
  • Kereta Api Museum

How to Get There
A trip to Pendem Fort may take approximately 58 minutes from Ahmad Yani International Airport in Semarang City. It is because the distance is 46.9 km. For a faster trip, though, tourists can take advantage of Semarang – Solo Highway and use only the best transportation service. Once arriving at Ambarawa City, they only need to head to Lodoyong Village where the fort is located.

Where to Stay

  • Melati Hotel
  • Tentram Hotel
  • Empat Saudara Hotel


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