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  • Istano Basa Pagaruyung
    Istano Basa Pagaruyung
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  • Istano Basa Pagaruyung
    Istano Basa Pagaruyung
    by meiyergani
  • old mosque belimbing (c) ukirsari
    old mosque belimbing (c) ukirsari
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    Istano Basa Pagaruyung

    by meiyergani Updated Apr 11, 2015

    Istana Basa Pagaruyung is one of amongst popular tourist cultural attraction in West Sumatra Province, is a palace which located at Kecamatan Tanjung Emas (sub-district), Batusangkar town - Tanah Datar Regency

    ISTANA means a Palace and BASA means Besar in Indonesian Language or BIG in English ...is a big Palace of Pagaruyung Kingdom, the Kingdom which play an important role in the development of West Sumatra Region who rule the region since 13 Century

    The original Pagaruyung palace was built on Batu Patah hill but was burnt down during a riot in the Padri War in 1804. The palace was rebuilt, but destroyed again by fire in 1966. The building was rebuilt again in 1976 as a replica of the original Pagaruyung palace. The restoration of the palace was marked with the erection of tunggak tuo (main columns) on 27 December 1976 by West Sumatra Governor Harun Zain. After the completion, the palace became popular as a museum and tourist attraction. This building was not built on the original site, but to its south.

    The palace was again destroyed by fire on February 27, 2007 after the roof was struck by lightning.[9] It was estimated only 15% of valuable artefacts survived the fire. Today the surviving artefacts are stored in Balai Benda Purbakala Kabupaten Tanah Datar (Archaeology Authority of Tanah Datar Regency). The pusaka or legacy of the Pagaruyung Kingdom was stored in Silinduang Bulan Palace, located about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from Pagaruyung Palace.[10] Restoration of the building took six years and cost an estimated Rp20 billion (US$1.91 million). The building was topped out and inaugurated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in October 2013

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    pandai sikek hand weaving

    by ukirsari Written Aug 3, 2005

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    pandai sikek is the famous name for those who likes hand weaving, gold and silver stuffs. in this district, you can find many hand weaving articians, gold and silver smiths. if you fancy to try, you can ask to do some weaving like appears in my picture :)

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    istana batusangkar

    by ukirsari Written Aug 2, 2005

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    after visit pagaruyung palace, can be found another palace in the same main road. said that owned by one of the most famous family at batusangkar. the craftmen doing well with all of those ornaments and wood carving.

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    istana basa pagaruyuang

    by ukirsari Written Aug 2, 2005

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    the replica to commemorate the same palace that built long long time ago. made-in 1980s and can be found here some of traditional minangkabauan attires, kitchenery sets and kind of rooms in a palace [for girls, boys, kings and queens].

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    batusangkar coffee mills

    by ukirsari Written Aug 2, 2005

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    visit the coffee mills and see the whole of the process to make coffee powder. known as one of the good quality nationalwide.
    and the ladies who work here were very friendly, let us try how to use the equipments. and the price of coffee powder is very reasonable. idr 5,000/pack. and fresh fragrance!

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    kampai tuo nan panjang

    by ukirsari Written Aug 2, 2005

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    this site is already mentioned as one of the situs cagar budaya [heritage buildings] in the area of west sumatra and riau. a long house about a hundred years old and contents of almost 10 families stayed together.
    now, everyone has gone and remain an old man, the guardian also the youngest in his generation. and his age almost 90 years old. still fluently talking in old malay and minangkabauan lingos :) with a very clear memories in his mind!

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    belimbing mosque

    by ukirsari Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    belimbing [starfruit] mosque is situated by the edge of small river with the same name. not so much pilgrims praying here since a brandnew ones already built. but this place, still full with prays ... hoping you can understand my explaination :)

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    old rice barn

    by ukirsari Written Aug 2, 2005

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    after walking along the village to visit the coffee mills, we're heading to the old rice barns nearby. it's nice scenery and mingle around with the locals. we love it :)

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    downstream the river

    by ukirsari Written Aug 2, 2005

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    it's a nice moment to leave my sneakers [trainers] and walking down to the stream at belimbing river. a village scenery and lush greenery surrounding us :)

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