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A Public Space in the Last Fortress

Fort Rotterdam was once a bastion of the kingdom of Gowa and a center of Dutch colonial government in Makassar. Today, the turtle-shaped structure serves as a place for locals to gather, study and play.

Oleh Reny Sri Ayu Arman
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Fort Rotterdam is the only or last fortress in the kingdom of Gowa, which is still intact. This area is now used as a public space for the citizens of Makassar, South Sulawesi, to hold various events, especially on the weekends (26-27/10/2019).

Fort Rotterdam was once a bastion of the kingdom of Gowa and a center of Dutch colonial government in Makassar. Today, the turtle-shaped structure serves as a place for locals to gather, study and play.

In late October, locals thronged to Fort Rotterdam. Parents, teenagers and children joined one another in playing various traditional games, including rope jumping, stilts, hopscotch, playing with tires, enggo-enggo and gebo.

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