Dendam Tak Sudah Lake in Bengkulu


People in Bengkulu are very familiar with Danau Dendam Tak Sudah (DDTS) or Dendam Lake. This lake is settled in Dusun Besar, Singaran Pati, Bengkulu City and has an area of 557 and 67 hectares wide. The lake thought to have formed from volcanic activity in the area.

By locating in the strategic importance, in 1936 this lake was established as a nature reserve with an area of 11.5 hectares by the Dutch government. Then, in 1979, this nature reserve area has been expanded to 430 hectares. In 1999 this nature reserve area was expanded to 577 hectares.

As to the somewhat sinister name, there are two versions to the story. The first one tells the legend of a young couple whose love was not blessed by both their parents. The pair of lovers was then said to succumb to depression and eventually took their own life by plunging into the lake. Taking their grudge to the afterlife, their action would later give the lake its legendary name.

The second version is believed to have occurred during the Dutch Colonial period. It is said that during that particular time, the Dutch Colonial Government decided to build a dam in the lake to prevent water from flooding, and then build roads along the lake. Somehow, the project was never completed, thus the name Unfinished Dam was widely used. From the Unfinished Dam or Dam Tak Sudah over time this would evolve into Dendam Tak Sudah.

In the morning, the visitors can enjoy the sunrise and the beautiful scenery of the lake surface that is reddish in the light of the sun. You can also go fishing and travel across the lake by raft or boat. Since the lake is surrounded by hills and lush forests, then we can get the very fresh cool air, with the beauty of the vast nature reserve environment.

Dendam lake is about 6 km from the center of Bengkulu city. The access to the lake is not difficult, because there is much public transportation to the area or you can bring your own vehicle. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and eat some foods because there are cafes in the lake area.

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