Bukittinggi, a small town that approximately 91 km from the city of Padang still remaining heritage includes Jam Gadang, Fort de Kock and the Bung Hatta Museum.
The economic machine moves fast and has carried Bukittinggi away from its past, and many of the city’s charming old shop houses have now been overshadowed by fancy shopping malls.
However, Jam Gadang is a friendly reminder of Bukittinggi’s past history. It still stands as the centre of the city’s activities, which includes children gathering under trees and tourists finding the perfect photo spot.
Jam Gadang to Bukittinggi is like Monas to Jakarta. Thanks to the iconic appearance, the structure becomes a frequent object for local souvenirs.
Jam Gadang was built in the 1920s as the container for a clock given by the Dutch queen. After Indonesia’s independence, a Minangkabau-styled roof is placed on top of the clock. In total, the roof has been changed three times and these changes reflect the history of the town itself.
Between Jl. Istana and Sudirman Town Centre
Bukittinggi, West Sumatra