Lakkang Island, A Japanese Heritage Trail In Makassar
Lakkang is a delta or many people call it an island that is located in the middle of Makassar, it is flanked by Tallo and Pampang River. It isn’t an island in the middle of sea, but river. It’s not a popular place to visit when you’re in Makassar; there isn’t romantic sunset, beautiful white-sand beach, or even a snorkling spot. So what makes it special? We’ll tell you how historical this place in the past!
Back in early 1943 when Indonesia was colonized by Japan, the Nippon soldiers were there for about seven months. At that time, Lakkang Island was chosen as a place to hide and keep their self from ground attack by Indonesian soldiers. Nippon built seven bunkers in Lakkang to save their logistics and as places to defend from the attack. After Hiroshima bombing, Nippon soldiers eventually left, and leaving that seven bunkers.
Today, there are only three bunkers which still exist in Lakkang Island. You can find it along the small roads, lush bamboo trees around, and ponds. Too bad, another bunker has buried by trash because this is a quite remote island so the local people don’t have shelters trash especially for plastic waste.
Another thing that you can explore in Lakkang Island is most of the houses are house on stilts, a Makassar traditional custom home. Most of Lakkang people have pond and work as fisherman, so you can find many boats at the dock. For visitors, there is a special boat to reach the place, the only one transportation to get to and from Makassar, and you’ll across Tallo River for about 15 minutes using that boat. You’ll see many mangroves spread around the river, or meet fisherman with ketinting (a small traditional boat) fishing on your way to Lakkang.
In this modern era, Lakkang still exist with their traditional lifestyle. When Makassar grow up day by day to become Metropolitan city as the biggest city in Eastern Indonesia, Lakkang island stand still as a small island which harmonize the modernization with their traditional. Prohibition to develop a business among local people is still retained. There’s only an elementary school in this island, those kids who wants to continue their education to high school have to study in Makassar which means they have to across the river everyday to go to school.
In 2006, Lakkang Island served as center of World Habitat Day with the theme “Cities Magnets of Hope” according to what local people’s hope for harmonious life without urbanization and traditional atmosphere which is still defended, in accordance with their desire to live in peace and no longer separated from this lovely place. We heart that wish, amin!
- Imagine what Nippon soldier did in past by visiting three existing bunkers which.
- Fishing. Most Lakkang people have pond and work as fisherman so this is a good place to start catch fish by your own, and eat them! It’s all free.
- Boat fare: IDR.1.000,-/seat for one way. You can bring motorcycle from Makassar to around the island because there’s no public transportation there.
- For motorcycle on the boat: IDR.1.000,-/one way