Batusangkar Travel Guide

  • Istana Pagaruyung
    Istana Pagaruyung
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  • Istano Basa Pagaruyung
    Istano Basa Pagaruyung
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  • Istano Baso Pagaruyung
    Istano Baso Pagaruyung
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Batusangkar Things to Do

  • Istano Basa Pagaruyung

    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 RegencyISTANA means a Palace and BASA means Besar in Indonesian Language or BIG in English ...is a big Palace of Pagaruyung Kingdom, the Kingdom...

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  • pandai sikek hand weaving

    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

    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

    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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  • old rice barn

    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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  • batusangkar coffee mills

    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

    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...

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  • downstream the river

    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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  • belimbing mosque

    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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  • sate padang

    diced meat put onto thin bamboo and grilled in charcoal fire. and served with peanut sauce and ketupat [like rice cake but wrapped in coconut leaf, not in banana leaf]. again >> careful, the sauce can be very spicy :)

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  • minang food >> not all of them are...

    well, said that minang delicacies always volcano for us. it means very spicy. but at pondok flora, they can be asked "not too spicy, please." so we enjoyed the meals very much. grilled fish and frikadel -- this frikadel a.k.a perkedel is not authentic local but adopted from dutch culinary. like smashed potato with diced meat and fried in hot...

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Batusangkar Transportation

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    by ukirsari Written Aug 3, 2005

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    going to the pagaruyung palace and around, will be easier with rent a car. and the rental also provided a guide and driver. approximately usd 40 per day, start from lake maninjau.

    signboard to batusangkar (c) ukirsari
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Batusangkar Shopping

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    by ukirsari Written Aug 3, 2005

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    well, we put shopping at the end of the list whenever travelling. why, since experience and photography were enough for us. and in the other hand, since we're backpackers we don't have spacious place to put all of the souvenirs. but sometimes, doesn't matter if we really want to have it. like beloved one decided to have a keychain from pandai sikek. and feel fancy with a traditional weaving.

    What to buy: for wall decoration, can be found at souvenir stalls in front of istana basa pagaruyung as shown in my picture here. meanwhile the gold and silver stuffs and hand weaving can be found at pandai sikek. do bargain before you decided to buy.

    What to pay: about idr 150,000 for hand weaving, idr 20,000 for flip flop and idr 5,000 for keychain

    souvenir stalls (c) ukirsari
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Batusangkar Off The Beaten Path

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    by ukirsari Written Aug 3, 2005

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    a palace means something big and gorgeous. how about the way to go there? yes, pagaruyung area has so many beautiful houses along the way. the craftmen do them very well. patterns, colours and the horn shaped roofs. we had chit chat with hafiz, one of the local craftmen who got career at port dickson malaysia and he's very happy to show us around his parents' house as we took picture here.

    @rie at pagaruyung (c) nick ingram
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