About Padang City
Padang is the capital city of West Sumatra, and it becomes the largest city on the western coast of Sumatra Island. During the Dutch colonial, Padang was one of major cities in Sumatra, together with Medan, Batam, Palembang and Pekanbaru. Has awarded by Adipura Award for 17 times and Adipura Kencana for 3 times as the cleanest and greenest city in Indonesia, make Padang increase their quality in everything.
Padang is the gateway to the Minang highlands. With the largest port on Sumatra’s West Coast; this is a merchant town attracting ships trading in goods such as rubber, cinnamon, coffee, tea, cement and coal. If you take a stroll down to the old colonial waterfront you will see century old warehouses stocked with fragrant cinammon and other spices waiting to be shipped to Jakarta and Singapore.
As a city of art and culture, Padang popular with the legend of Malin Kundang and Sitti Nurbaya, and it annually been held the festival to support the tourism sector.
About Bukittinggi city
The region is located in a highland and it is surrounded by hills and volcanoes too. Due to such fact, tourists can take advantage of the landscape and conduct trekking! Well, it doesn’t have to be natural tourism though. It is because visitors can also explore several local markets like Aur Kuning, Pasar Bawah, and Pasar Ateh. Various types of products are sold there, so make sure to carry enough cash to buy souvenirs and delicious foods.
When it comes to the most famous tourist site, Bukitttinggi has Gadang Grand Clock which also becomes the icon or landmark of the city. Thus, tourists should never miss the chance to visit it and take some pictures of such grandiose clock. What is more? The city even has an interesting history for tourists to learn. During the reign of the Dutch and Japanese, the city acted as an important base back then. Not to mention a big war occurred here called Padri War!
Pagaruyung Palace (Minangkabau: Istano Basa Pagaruyuang) is the istana (royal palace) of the former Pagaruyung Kingdom, located in Tanjung Emas subdistrict near Batusangkar town, Tanah Datar Regency, West Sumatra, Indonesia. It was built in the traditional Minangkabau Rumah Gadang vernacular architectural style, but had a number of atypical elements including a three-story structure and a larger dimension in comparison to common rumah gadang.
Since the Pagaruyung Kingdom was disbanded in 1833, no king or royal family resides in the palace today but is still held in high esteem among Minangkabau people, as the descendants of scattered Minang nobles (bangsawan) still find roots and links to the former royal house of Pagaruyung. The palace has been destroyed by fire several times, in 1804, 1966 and 2007. It has been rebuilt again and today functions as a museum and popular tourist attraction.
Pandai Sikek village at Padang Panjang city is famous with Minang Woven, hand made and manual machine embroidery. We visited one of the old time and famous Minang Woven maker which call “Pusako”. Stepping into the traditional gadang house with unique architecture and decoration is already something different. They will show you selection of good quality hand made Minang woven, and will not be able to breath because of its beauty. The price of traditional Minang woven (songket) starts from IDR 2,000,000 (USD 200) and up depending on the difficulties level of the work. Each songket will take minimum of 2 months time to finish.
Prof. Dr. H. Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah, better known by the pen name Hamka (17 February 1908 — 24 July 1981) was an Indonesian ulama and philosopher. During his life, he was also known as a writer, lecturer and journalist. He went into politics through the Masyumi Party until it was disbanded, served as the first Head of Majelis Ulama Indonesia, and was active in Muhammadiyah until he died. His name is used for Muhammadiyah’s University of Hamka and he was listed in the Indonesian’s National Heroes List.
With inspiring scenery and peaceful surrounds, a visit to Lake Maninjau will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. If you’re looking for fantastic views, the Maninjau resort is perched at the top of a hill and offers some of the best views of the lake.
This lake is listed as the eleventh largest lake in Indonesia. Meanwhile, in West Sumatra, Maninjau is the second largest lake after Lake Batur which has an area of 129.69 km² and it located in two districts of Tanah Datar and Solok district. Around Lake Maninjau there are tourist facilities, like hotels, as well as lodging and restaurant.
Maninjau is a volcanic lake that located at an elevation of 461.50 meters above sea level, while the extensive is approximately 99.5 km² and has a maximum depth of 495 meters. The basin is formed by the eruption of the mountain named Sitinjau (according to local legend), it can be seen from the shape of the hills around the lake that resembles like a wall. According to the legend in Minang, where Maninjau is closely related to the story of Bujang Sembilan. The legend of “Bujang Sembilan” (roughly translates as “Nine Young Men”) is based around this lake. According to local folklore, one of the men in the story died by plunging himself into the crater. The crater then expanded, forming a lake.
This trip suitable for family trip, but can be customize to your need and liking. Explore the art and culture one of oldest tribe in Indonesia which called Minang. Amazing scenery, rich art and culture and local delicacy already known to the world. Padang is the gateway to the Minang highlands, with the largest port on Sumatra’s West Coast. When it comes to the most famous tourist site, Bukitttinggi has Gadang Grand Clock which also becomes the icon or landmark of the city.