Siti Nurbaya Bridge in Padang City, West Sumatra Province


Delicious culinary, culture and natural attractions are three prime allures in Padang City. Well, the region also has some good spots to enjoy a beautiful evening with either friends or family members, though. Here is an example. The name is Siti Nurbaya Bridge, which is located in South Padang Sub-District. The bridge resides at Nipah Street and belongs to Batang Arau Village, actually. The name derives from a famous classic novel and the bridge connects Seberang Padang with the city center. It also becomes access to Padang Mountain! As for tourist activities, visitors can enjoy a soothing nuance at night whole watching sparkling city lights!

The Nuance
In terms of nuance, Siti Nurbaya Bridge offers a peaceful and comfy ambiance. The environment is clean and the traffic is moderate. The length is about 156 meters and the bridge resides above the famous Batang Arau River. Not to mention the location is near local hotels, so many tourists are often seen on the site. Plus, the locals often gather on the site to enjoy relaxation and sightseeing. The most crowded time is definitely in the evening. At the time, many locals snack vendors operate and offer delicious foods like fries, grilled corn, and much more.

Exploring Siti Nurbaya Bridge
Tourists or visitors need to know history regarding Siti Nurbaya Bridge, as well. According to the locals, the bridge was built in 1995. The local government worked together with foreign banks in order to fund the construction, though. Later, in 2002, it was inaugurated and attended by the main casts of Siti Nurbaya the movie. The popularity is excellent! No wonder, both locals and outsiders recognize it. Moreover, the bridge has become one of Padang’s icons!

As mentioned before, Siti Nurbaya Bridge becomes access to reach Padang Mountain (which is known for its Mayat Hill). Before heading to the mountain, travelers often drop by in the bridge either for resting or sightseeing. They are able to watch various beautiful panoramas from there, after all. These include the mountain itself, Kota Tua, passing boats, sunset, the crowd, river, etc. Somehow, the bridge becomes a nice place to conduct photography, too! So, don’t forget to carry a camera when visiting the site later.

The next allure in Siti Nurbaya Bridge is none other than the night nuance. This explains why the site becomes more crowded in the evening. Both locals and outsiders gather at the time. Plus, lots of snack vendors operate there. That means visitors can watch stunning sparkling lights on the horizon while eating delicious local snacks! What a great way to spend the evening!

Nearby Attractions

  • Adityawarman Museum
  • Gunuang Padang Park
  • Padang Beach
  • Air Manis Beach

How to Get There
From Jakarta City (the capital of Indonesia), it is recommended to take an airplane and head to Padang City right away. For the information, a flight from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport to Minangkabau Airport would take around 1 hour and 40 minutes. After arriving at Padang, tourists can take Dr. Sutomo Street and head to the bridge immediately. The location is in Batang Arau Village and the distance is 9.6 km. That means the trip may take about 20 minutes or less.

Where to Stay

  • New House Inn
  • Savali Hotel
  • Eco Syariah Hotel


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