By: M. Farid W Makkulau
Archaeological Park of Batu Pake Gojeng is located in the sub-district of Biringere, District of North Sinjai, Sinjai Regency, is approximately 2 km from downtown sinjai.
Batu Pake Gojeng located on a hill with a height of 125 meters from sea level. A prehistoric garden filled with shady trees so this place is comfortable to relax, enjoy the breeze while learning the trail of prehistory. This place is crowded, by peoples of Sinjai or tourists. This tourist destination is unique because it contains historical value that has been thousands of years old.
Prehistoric Park Batu Pake Gojeng is a reference for the Sinjai government that serves as a natural park where the height of geomorphology and culture and the surrounding area in general is 59-96 meters above sea level. Batu Pake Gojeng interpreted as is a stone that has been cut in the tool and Gojeng is the name of the region. Another version says that “Batu Pake” is a rock to the local community.
Archaeological Park of Batu Pake Gojeng which is also the Castle’s reconnaissance headquarters and ease of overseeing the Japanese defense with ships crossing the Bone Bay and allied plane.
Sinjai Regency has a natural landscape, turning its face with a row of nine mangrove hedge row Tongke-Tongke islands, and endless blue seas on the Larea-rea reef. Natural compilations that make brothels interested to travel as well as tourism and convection tourism archaeological culture that has its own historical value.
The uniqueness of the archaeological and natural formations is an unsolved mystery. When rescue excavation in 1982, this region was found various objects, types of cultural heritage and moves like ceramic fragments, pottery small number of blue ceramic fragments and teeth underglass buvidae, which is estimated from the time of the Dynasty of Ming, fossil and wooden coffins.
Archaeological Park has its own historical value which has three remains such as megalithic remains, artifacts, and ekofact. Proved by the remains of megalithic stone with a hole whose diameter is varied, ie between 15 cm to 70 cm.
However in general the size of the diameter of the hole about 25 cm, 40 cm, and 50 cm with a depth of 35-60 cm which is the dominant size at random and structured, like a large hole surrounded by a number of small holes or a series of tiny holes flanked by two big hole, a pair of parallel holes of the same size or different, and so on.
Other archaeological remains with little Menhir-height measuring 12-47 cm, width between 20-23 cm while the most important megalithic relics with the presence of natural chunks vary in size. And the remains of carved stone square is the focal point of the other variations of carved stone.
One of the stone square hollow, the largest is still trusted by the local community as the site of Batu Pake Gojeng former Kings tomb of a descendant of King Stone Pake Gojeng first.
Proof has been trimmed archaeological relics made with as many as 120 pieces footpath steps to the hill and turned into a tourist attraction location of objects both natural and cultural.
In the area of the site of Batu Pake Gojeng, we can find a variety of trees such as pine (casuarinas sp), cenrana tree that is quite old, Kalumpang (Stercuilla), coconut (Cocos Nucivera), Cambodia (Plumera accuminata), Acacia (Casia sp), and Bougainville (Bougenvillea spectabilis).
In support of tourism in the location of this prehistoric park, Local Government of Sinjai in this case the Department of Culture and Tourism has complementary means of support as Caravanning Sites such as custom home remodeling Archaeological Park and other facilities such as baths which are believed to have an old washing place of the kings.
Other facilities on the Batu Pake Gojeng Archaeological Park are refreshing kid with children’s playground as swings and slides, various species of birds are quarantined with variations such as bird cages Eagles Sumatra with large cage measuring 6 x 6 m high and nearly 4 meters. While parrots, parrot Borneo, a pair of birds Kutilang, as well as other bird species occupies a cage the size of 1 x 1.5 mtr high with almost 2 mtr.
This complex of Prehistoric Park have the gazebo as a place to chat with friends who enjoy the panoramic city brothels and surrounding Sinjai and various other facilities.
Increasing the number of visits each year and as the dominant foreign brothels of the Netherlands, the countries of Asia Pacific, as well as other neighboring countries such as Australia. Usually during a visit with convection cultural tours, historical visits, familiarty and Novelty. (*)