"I have managed the Batu Kodi Beach tourist attractions for the last three years, with the emphasis on comfort as more days are more tourists visiting," said the tourist manager of Batu Kodi Beach, One (54) in Painan, on Wednesday.
She added the idea of free parking and free admission was born from her personal experience when visiting several tourist attractions.
"Indeed, the entrance fee to attractions is not so much and also with parking fees, but sometimes it makes visitors uncomfortable. Because this tourist attraction belongs to the family, so I can arrange things more freely so that the entrance fee is free as well as non-binding parking fees, "she explained.
But she continued, this made the tourist attraction even more crowded, and some of them even subscribed to come by on weekdays, weekends and public holidays.
"Every once a month there is always a group of one family from Bengkulu who comes here, at the very least they spend two or three hours playing sand, bathing in the sea and doing other activities" she said.
They come from Pekanbaru and work in Bengkulu and every month go back to Pekanbaru, every time they pass by the tourist attraction they stop by, she added.
In order to add to the comfort of tourists it also provides a representative parking area, providing huts to rest, as well as bathrooms.
At the location of tourists can enjoy the quiet Painan Bay and a beautiful group of islands around it, the trees in the location are quite shady to make anyone feel at home for long.
He revealed the name of Pantai Batu Kodi originating from a pile of stones that resembled a fold of starched fabric on the site.
It was said that according to the story that developed the cloth came from a ship belonging to a large trader who used to be a local resident.
Hearing information about the boat being pulled over, the mother of the ship's owner ventured to board the ship because of a longing that was not restrained and brought rice and her son's favorite side dish.
But unfortunately upon arriving on the ship, the child did not confess that the one who brought rice and side dishes was his mother and the mother continued to try to convince.
Failing to convince his son, the mother was finally expelled from the ship, since she got off the boat until she arrived on the mainland she continued to cry.
Finally when she arrived at a hill which is now known as Patambuan Hill, her emotions peaked and she uncontrollably uttered an expletive while sowing rice and side dishes as planned for her son.
After a long period of time a big storm occurred and the ship belonging to the child was destroyed and dozens of pieces of cloth inside it were stranded to the mainland and became stone.
Translated by: Internship student of ANTARA SUMBAR 2019