Bengkulu Travel Guide


Bengkulu, an introduction


Bengkulu City is the capital of Bengkulu Province located on the western coastal of Sumatera Island. The city was first occupied by the English, before Before that Bengkulu was a part of Inderapura Kingdom and Kesultanan Banten. In the 19th century the city was transfered to the Dutch. There were several ethnic kingdoms in Bengkulu such as Sungai Serut, Selebar, Pat Pethulai and Balai Buntar Kingdom.

Bengkulu History

The name “Bengkulu” is derived from many languages such as Dutch (Benkoelen or Bengkulen), English (Bencoolen) and Malay (Bangkahalu). According to local people, “Bengkulu is derived from 2 languages (Malay and Javanese). Bang which means coastal area and Kulon which means west. On November 18th 1968, Bengkulu became the 26th province in Indonesia.

Bengkulu on the map

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things to see

Things to see

There are many things you can find in Bengkulu. You can visit Panjang Beach, a well-known beach among travellers offering you many interesting things like its beautiful scenery decorated with casuarina trees. Other nature spots you can visit are Pasir Putih Beach, Tikus Island and Dendam Tak Sudah Lake.

If you are looking for some culture you can see Fort Marlborough. According to local citizen, there’s an underground exit in this fort. You can also visit the excile house for Bung Karno (the first president of Indonesia) on Soekarno-Hatta Street. Other cultural spots you can visit are Parr and Hamilton Monuments and also Bengkulu Province Museum.

things to do

Things to do

Here in Bengkulu City, you can do many interesting activities like seeing the beauty of the biggest flower in the world, the Rafflesia Arnoldy. This flower can be found in Taba Penanjung I and III, Pagar Gunung Village I, II, and III and many other areas. You can also have a historical tour by going to Soekarno-Hatta Street in Anggut Atas village.

things to eat

Things to eat

One typical food you should have tried while in Bengkulu is pendap. Pendap is made of various spices mixed with coconut, slices of fishes covered with taro leaf and steamed for more than 8 hours making pendap so tasty and delicious. There’s also Gulai Kemba’ang made of ribs and various spice. Other local food you can taste are Tempoyak, lemang, Bagar Hiu and Kue Tat.

Things to see and do near Bengkulu

Airport at Bengkulu

Bengkulu is served by the Fatmawati Soekarno Airport.

Fatmawati Soekarno Airport (BKS), formerly Padangkemiling Airport, is an airport in Bengkulu, a city in South Sumatra, Indonesia. This airport is named after Fatmawati Soekarno, the First Lady of Indonesia, wife of Soekarno, the first President of Indonesia. There are domestic flights to Jakarta by Lion Air, Sriwijaya and Mandala Airlines.

Entering the city from the airport

Bengkulu's Fatmawati Soekarno airport is located 14 km south of the city. There is a taxi coupon counter at the terminal which has a set fare of Rp. 90,000 for a taxi into town. You can also walk 200m to the main road to get on a passing minibus to the city (Rp. 3,000)