Bukit Tinggi, Padang , Indonesia is a very popular place to shopping especially on local made songket or handmade clothes. The price is very-very cheap dan furthermore we can find how creative the peoples and the villagers there ini making a good and quality clothes.
Most of the clothes was made by hand, and there is no hightech machines at all.
Once you see how difficult the tailors doing their job, you will start thinking of how quality of their products, untill you will think that the price offer are too cheap compares to what they have done.
It was a big sQuare at the center of the city with its football playground, the Horn shaped roof architecture building as a balcony stadium and so many foods and drink seller stranded at the edge of the sQuare
Pantai air manis (sweet water beach), the beach famous with the legend of malin Kundang.
Malin Kundang from poor family and he felt that he had to leave his family in this idyllic tropical place to seek his fortune elsewhere. Restless though he was he did not forget his family and home and so soon after achieving success and gaining great fortune he sailed back homeward. But upon arrival home misfortune was to fall upon him, his fellow sailors and his family. Coming ashore at the beach at Air Manis Malin Kundang's mother rushed to meet her long lost son. But this son upon looking at his mother felt ashamed. Here he was a rich man wearing fine new clothing while his mother was looking ragged and poor as she was. In his undisguised disgust he ignored his mother, refused to greet her and returned to his ship. Of course, his mother was humiliated and heartbroken by her arrogant son's behavior. She fell to her knees in desperation and prayed to God asking that her son be punished for his cruel ways.
Soon a terrible storm rose up and Malin Kundang's ship was wrecked upon the rocks of one of the nearby islands. All but one of the people on the ship died in the wreck. Only Malin Kundang got away from the rocks as the sea picked him up and carried him towards his home. Exhausted and badly injured Malin Kundang tried to get ashore but as he crawled on his hands and knees he was suddenly turned to stone. Today a stony portion of Air Manis beach has a stone that from a certain angle resembles the figure of a man on his hands and knees his head seemingly buried in the rock. Thus, it is said, Malin Kundang has been forced to stay on the beach for all time, forever begging for forgiveness from his mother who he shamed so badly.
in padang, this kind of building is everywhere.
i took the picture of this one at taman budaya (culture park). i'm not sure what is this place for actually, maybe for some culture performance, but when we were there, there wasn't any activity.
While in Padang, you may want visit a beach Pantai Air Manis, about half an hours drive from the city centre. There are probably better beaches elsewhere in Indonesia despite facing the Indian Ocean. Thats not what you are there for though.
Look out for a piece of stone in the shape of a human in a kneeling position with the head touching the ground as if asking for pardon. Legend has it that this young man - Malin Kundang was cursed by the mother and was turned into a stone while on board a ship trying to sail away from his original homeland. I leave you to judge the authencity of it all.
Just want to caution you that as you get nearer the beach, you may be stopped and asked to pay an 'entrance fee'. Our local guide did the negotiation and paid a certain sum before we were allowed through.
Catch the breathtaking view of Lake Maninjau from Embun Pagi (Morning Dew). Embun Pagi is about one and a half hours drive from Bukit Tinggi and is about 700m above the lake such that it gives you a fantastic view of the lake below.
If you want to get down to the lake from here, be prepared to go through a winding road with 44 hairpins.
If you are at Embun Pagi in the mornings or evenings, be prepared for strong winds...
Bt Tinggi is like a staging point for you to visit surrounding areas and travel is usually by roads which are usually narrow and winding (not recommended for self drive). The view can be breathtaking at times with sceneries of terraced rice fields. Go to Pagaruyung to where the Palace (Istana Pagaruyung) is located. This is a replica of the original palace which was burnt down by the Dutch Colonial masters then. If you want you can also try on the royal attire for a fee and get yourself photographed.
Ride around town on a horse cart for between Rp 30k - 50k. Start and end at the town square otherwise known as Jam Gadang (Big Clock) and for a 15 min ride or so you get a quick view of Bukit Tinggi Town.
While at Bukit Tinggi, go to the Panorama Park for a good view of the Sianok canyon which separates Mt Singgalang from Bukit Tinggi.
Located in the same vicinity is one of the 3 Japanese Tunnels of World War 2 found in Indonesia (according to a local guide but not verified). Its 40m deep and was in the process of being refurbished to accommodate tourist. Hence its not in the original form. To catch a glimpse of its original form, go right in to where the torture chamber is located. It is well ventilated and echo free though
If you are flying into Padang, take a peek on the view of the Indian Ocean when the plane is approaching Padang.
The view is interesting, with cluster of islands that fronting Padang coastline. On a clear day, you might be able to spot the group of islands that make up the Metawai islands archipelago -a good place for snorkeling and diving.
Visit to Padang is incomplete without trying out the authentic Padang food.
Padang food is famous all over Indonesia and the region - you can find Nasi Padang restaurants in most part of the country. Padang food is well known for its spicy taste and the unique way for it to be served. In any authentic Padang restaurants, the food is served in small portions of various dishes with white rice. Customers dont really have to order what they want since the table will quickly be set with dozens of small dishes filled with highly-flavored foods such as curried fish, fried tempeh, stewed greens, chili eggplant, curried beef liver, fried chicken, sambals and other tid bits like various local crackers/chips. The customers then choose and pay for only what they want from this array of dishes.
On my brief stop in Padang, I had pecal lontong for brunch - rice cubes served with spicy gravy and vegetable pecal sauce together with fish ball and crackers. It's taste good!
There are few islands just off Padang waterfront.
Close to Pantai Air Manis for instance are two islands - Pulau Angsa and Pulau Pisang - that are just a short boat ride away. These two can also be reached on foot during low tide. Both of the islands are said to be among the favourite place for the local anglers and also for snorkerling activities.
Bukit Air Manis offers a panoramic view of Padang.
From this elevated hill, you can see the town centre of Padang and its surrounding area as well as Pantai Air Manis on the other side of the hill. The hill is quite steep at certain point and you will need a vehicle to go there.
Padang, being the capital for the Minangkabau homeland, has various buildings that are rich with the Minangkabau architecture. From the newly opened Minangkabau International Airport to the old part of the city, most buildings here are characterised with the "buffalo horn" roof design which symbolising the Minangkabau culture and architecture.
There are also some well preserved colonial architecture in and around the city - most of them with the "buffalo horn" roof design. The Gedong Joang 45 in Padang beach for instance is a colonial building that incorporate the "buffalo horn" roof in its design. The "buffalo horn" roof design signifies the essence of the Minangkabau spirit and how proud they are of their heritage and culture.
The design is said to be originated from a legend of a fight between two buffaloes in a war between the Minangkabau and the invanding Javanese clan. In the fight which is a duel to end the war, the Minangkabau clan was represented by a small suckling buffalo calf whereas a fighting bull represented the Javanese clan. The calf's horns were however tied with knives laced with poison and unknown to the Javanese, it had been deprived of nourishment for few days. When the fight started, the starving calf mistook the fighting bull for its mother and rushed toward it belly looking for its teats. This caused the poisonous knives tied to the calf's horns cut through the bull's chest and killing it instantly. Hence, the Minangkabau won the buffaloes fight and the war and thus gain control of their homeland.
The legend of the buffaloes fight - known in the local lingo as "Minang Kobau" (victorious buffalo) - signifies the essence of the Minangkabau spirit and subsequently influence their culture and architecture. This is evidence from the traditional headgear of the Minangkabau women as well as the architecture of their houses with the distinctive "buffalo horn" roof design.
Not far from the Malin Kundang Stone is a mural on this legendary story. The mural, drawn by local artist Dasril Bayras that depicts the rise and fall of Malin Kundang - from his childhood, his journey to Siam, his marriage, his return to Padang and finally his misfortune when he was turned into stone. Those who are not familiar with this folkfore can understand the story line by looking at the mural.
Actually they are few versions of this Malin Kundang story. Another similar version which is well known in Malaysia is about a man named Si Tanggang who, just like Malin Kundang, rejected his mother after making a fortune and later was turned into a stone (or a bird in another version of this legendary story). The Si Tanggang story is said to happen in Batu Caves or Batu Gajah in Malaysia. However, unlike here in Padang, there is no evident like the Malin Kundang stone there that could support this man-turn-into-stone claim.
The Malin Kundang/Si Tanggang story was also made into films and dramas. Most recently, the story was adapted into an Indonesian soap opera using the same title. However, the soap opera was given modern touch and twist with the story took place in modern day Padang and Jakarta.