The Old Town Sawahlunto, West Sumatra

Sawahlunto is one of provinces in Indonesia, precisely in West Sumatera, Indonesia. This town is located in 95KM Northeast of Padang and surrounded by 3 districts in West Sumatera, which is Tanah Datar, Solok and Sijunjung. Sawahlunto is divided into 4 sub-districts and it has 273,45 km¬≤, with populated by 54.000 people. During Dutch civilization, Sawahlunto was popular as coal mining town. After being a death town, during the closing of the mining, Sawahlunto nowadays becomes the growing city with multi-ethnicity inside the community, and awarded as the best old…

Cingkuak Island, The Hidden Beauty On West Sumatra

Cingkuak island, with an area of ??4.5 ha, is dealing with Batu Kereta Island that located in Carocok Painan Coast region, West Sumatra. The island was the silent witness to the legacy of colonial history in the South Coast, which at the time was the economic center and port of the west coast of Sumatra. On the Cingkuak island, we can see the Portuguese fort and Inscription Madame van Kempen. Cingkuak island is always visited by tourists as well as the students who love outdoor activities such as camping, hiking…

Ngarai Sianok, Bukittinggi – West Sumatra

Sianok canyon is a steep valley (cliff) that located in the border town of Bukittinggi, in district IV Koto, Agam regency, West Sumatra. The valley is elongated and meandering as the southern boundary of the city to the canyon Koto Gadang Sianok Anam tribe villages, and ended in the district Palupuh. Sianok canyon has beautiful views and is also one of the prime tourist attractions of the province. The cliff at Sianok is deep, which is about 100 m, stretches along 15 km with a width of about 200 m,…

Atas Bawah Lake – Solok, West Sumatra

Danau Atas Bawah Solok Regency has two lakes, separated by only 300 meters of land between them, so people call them Twin Lake. The upper lake is named as Lake in Bottom and the lower lake is named as Lake in Above or better known as Danau Atas Bawah. It located near the town of Alahan Panjang, Solok regency, West Sumatra, Lake Above and Below Lake looks unique because it is located near to one and another. The difference lies only in the height of the two lakes. Above the…

The Majestic Of Siberut Island

Siberut Island Siberut Island is the largest island in the Mentawai chain at the off the west coast of Sumatra. Muarasiberut is the port town on Siberut and the only town of significance on the island. The main reason for going to Siberut is for jungle trekking and meeting with the Mentawais people. Beside, the natural sightseeing around the island is adorably marvelous. You will need to catch a ferry from Padang across to the Pulau Siberut, which is a 15 hours trip, what a long yet exciting journey. Well,…

Kemaro Island, Where You Can Find Your True Love

Kemaro Island Kemaro island, is a little delta on Musi River, it is located about 6 km from Ampera Bridge. Kemaro island is located in the industrial area, between Sriwijaya Fertilizer Plant and Pertamina Plaju and River Gerong . Kemaro island is about 40 km from the city of Palembang. The island is a place of popular recreation along the Musi River. In this place there is a Chinese temple ( Hok Tjing Rio temple). Kemaro Island is also a home of Buddhist temples that frequently visited by Buddhists to…

Tari Payung, The Traditional Umbrella Dance

Umbrella Dance Tari Payung or Umbrella Dance is Minangkabau’s traditional dance. Minangkabau is one of regencies in Indonesia, which located in West Sumatra. Since Tari Payung played by a pair of young man and woman, the meaning of Tari Payung is telling about the man approaching a girl and how he cares about his girl. The umbrella that being the main utility, is symbolize the main icon to be the shelter for the spouse in having good relationship. The number of dancers in umbrella dance is always complete, and always…

Plate Dance

Tari Piring Tari Piring or Plate Dance is the art of dance held by the Minangkabau tribe in West Sumatra, originated in Solok Town. This dance reflects the life of traditional Minangkabau people at the time of working in the ricefield. The dance expresses happiness of the farmers as well as their gratitude to God for the very successful harvest. Plate Dance is done in pairs or in groups with a variety of movements that are done quickly, dynamically and interspersed with plate knock sound carried by the dancers. The…

The Spices Of Padang City

Kota Padang Padang city, is one of Indonesian city that located in West Sumatra province and become the capital city of the same province. Dated back to the history, Padang since 16th century was already become the trading center. During 16th and 17th century, pepper cultivation was growth and traded to India, Portugal, UK and Netherlands. At that time, properly in 1663, Padang was under the Dutch colonialism rules. Up to approximately 1780 the most important trade product was gold, originating from the gold mines in the region. When the…

The Destinations In Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi Town Bukittinggi is one of towns in Indonesia settled in West Sumatra province. Bukittinggi is surrounded by three volcanoes mountain which is Mount Singgalang, Mount Marapi and Mount Sago. Bukittinggi in Dutch Colonial was become an important area, for they build their defensive fort in 1825 and still exist until present days known as Fort De Kock. This town also became the resting place of Dutch officers who are settled in the area towns. In Japan colonialism, Bukittinggi was used as a control center for the military government’s of…