This awesome structure is called Jembatan Akar, which means ‘The Root Bridge.’ The bridge was created by weaving together the roots of living banyan trees on opposite sides of the Bayang River. It is a vital link connecting the residents of two small villages in Pesisir Selatan District, West Sumatra, Indonesia. For over 100 years, villagers from Pulut-pulut and Lubuak Glare have relied on this amazing bridge for trade and maintaining contact with family members. And now it’s also a mainstay tourist attraction for the region, attracting visitors from all over the world.
The Jembatan Akar bridge measures 25 metres (82 ft) long, 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) wide, and sits about 3 metres (9.8 ft) above the river. It began to be formed in 1890 and could be used in 1916. In other words, the process of knitting a root bridge takes approximately 26 years. Currently, conditions are becoming increasingly stronger with the size of the roots of the banyan tree that formed it.
Photos by Robertus Pudyanto.