Tracing History Of The Sultanate Of Johor-Riau

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Traveonews - Johor-Riau Sultanate ever reached their triumph a few hundred years ago. Traces of it's glory can still be seen to this day on the Penyengat island, the part of Riau Islands. You can learn history as well when you explore the Johor-Riau Sultanate.

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If in the kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands) we can learn the history of the relics from the Dutch government or Kelor Onrust Island, in the Penyengat island travelers can learn more about the Johor-Riau Sultanate which had triumphed in his time. Penyengat island is a small island, about 2 Km across Tanjung Pinang.

In the 18th century, the island is the location of the Sultanate of Johor-Riau government and many people say that if you go to Tanjung Pinang, you do not complete without a visit to Penyengat island. Therefore, when I visited Tanjung Pinang, I spend the first stop on this island.

The journey starts from the Port Punggur, Batam, we immediately headed to counter, purchase quick ferry tickets to Tanjung Pinang. The fare for the Port Punggur Batam to Port of Sri Bintan Pura Tanjung Pinang is Rp. 40,000 (IDR), but if you buy it for commuting, there is discounted tickets Rp. 5000, so you will be charge Rp. 75,000.

It only takes one hour to arrived at the Port of Sri Bintan Pura, Tanjung Pinang, our exit from this port to the specific port for Penyengat island, from this port we had to take a small boat, here the community call it Pompong. Penyengat island fare only Rp. 5,000, if we bring the family we can charter the pompong with the price Rp.150,000.

Thank God, at that time the sea state is calm, sometimes if wind season we can not access to Penyengat island. After crossing over for 15 minutes we got to Penyengat island Pier.

When we got, from this dock we can hear the sound of recitation of the holy Qur'an from the mosque speakers King Sultan Riau, people here call Egg White Mosque (which the history say that the egg white is used as an adhesive, whereas for the paint using egg yolk).

We begin to explore the small island with an area of ​​3.5 km2. The artisan bemor (motor rickshaw) offered his services to us. For rent bemor we just pay Rp. 25,000 per trip around the island. However, we reject the offer, because we want to circle the island by walking, so much more interaction with local people.

The heritage that we encountered after the Great Mosque Sultan Riau is a Perigi Puteri atau Kunci (shaft Princess or Key), which is a women's bathhouse on the empire of the Johor-Riau, we look for a moment and get into it, in which there is a seat elongated and contains a pool of water.

After that we continue to follow the path on the island (the island's roads are not paved width, because there are no cars here), and then we saw written on a T-junction where the road pointing towards Bukit Kursi (Hill Chair).

We follow this path and we see the site Gedung Mesiu (Munitions Building), during the first kingdom Johor-Riau, the building has thick walls, dome-rise and small iron barred window is used as a gunpowder warehouse storage.

From there we continue again this trip and we arrived at the family cemetery complex of Johor-Riau Sultanate, from there we climbed the stairs to the Bukit Kursi (Hill Chair), at first this hill is a the castle defenseof the Johor-Riau Empire. On the hill there are 8 cannon.

The position on the hill fort is very strategic, when the enemy has appeared to be approaching the island, live shot. Great!

After enjoying Bukit Kursi (Hill Chair), we continue the journey, and we found the reserve called Balai Adat, up the road again we can see the houses of the natives of this island, there are also headman offices and libraries of Raja Ali Haji.

Exactly at 17:00 we end the trip on the Penyengat island. We immediately headed to the dock to return to Tanjung Pinang with pompong to ride back. It feels satisfied to learn the history of the Kingdom Johor-Riau that we may not have encountered in school textbooks.

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