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    Ranah Minang- Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia


    The Unique Minangkabau roof at sunrise

    The four of us, Dith, Boogey, Boogey's wife Salina and I, went for a 5 days 4 nights trip to Bukit Tinggi, Sumatera Barat, a hill town, 2 hrs up north of Padang . Arriving at Padang airport at about 9 am local time, we immediately headed for Bukit Tinggi. Midway we stopped at Padang Panjang to delight our palates with gastronomic Minang dishes. Over here, we visited the Rumah Gadang, a minang house converted into a museum and also attentively heard a short lecture on the Adat Pepatih and Adat Temenggong and their differences. The lady who spoke was very eloquent and she defended the matriarchal ways of adat Pepatih by highlighting various poignant points. I reserved my opinions though.


    Rumah Gadang or Big house


    A morning stroll with Jam Gadang at the top of the hill


    Obeserving the sunrise with Mount Merapi in view


    En en our so called driver who graduated in IT and movie making, youngest son of our Hotel owner

    After a rather arduous journey, we arrived at the cool and quaint old town of Bukit Tinggi . After settling/a short nap in the hotel, we toured the town on foot. At the town centre was the jam gadang or huge town clock which was leaning. Opposite was Bung Hatta’s palace with his statue and bust erected in front. Down the road was Fort de Kock. From the town centre, one could view a beautiful panorama that stretches from the majestic Gunung Merapi down south to Gunung Singgalang in the west. North was the Ngarai Sianok, a fairly huge canyon with a river meandering the deep valley below. At the edge of the hill, the canyon offered such a breathtaking scene. In the hills at the edge that faces the canyon was a catacomb of tunnels built by the Japanese during their occupation. It ran 6 km in total length and had secret exits that open into the canyon.


    A statue at Fort de Knock


    Ngarai Sianok with Mount Singalang standing tall
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    Re: Ranah Minang- Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia

    Mmg a bit frustating bl nak shoot architecture tapi takdak awan.....cloudy aje....tapi tuh lah kan part and parcel of travel photography nih....
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    Istana Selinduang Bulan, Padang Panjang.

    Anden, yang ni ada awan,

    Rumah Gadang yg sebelum tu terletak di PayaKumbuh, baru lepas hujan, tak dak awan,
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    Ranah Minang- Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia


    Masjid Bingkudu, Canduang, Agam



    Alhamdulillah we managed to perform Friday prayers in the oldest Mosque in Indonesia, more than 2 centuries old. Masjid Bingkudu, Canduang, Agam, made from solid wood with roofs of Ijok leaves, still stand strong and exude a majestic charm of the olden days. 2 years ago, we also had the opportunity to pray in the second oldest mosque in Indonesia i.e. Masjid Sultan Mataram, Kota Gede, jogja. Insyallah maybe next time we will pray in the third oldest Mosque of Indonesia.
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    Later, we proceeded to Lembah Harau, truly a sight to behold, a vast area of canyons and valleys with several great waterfalls of probably 20 storeys high. One had water which falls straight to the bottom without hitting the side rocks, causing a deep impact to the pool below and splashing water all over.


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    Waterfall at Lembah Harau
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    Re: Ranah Minang- Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia

    di mana cewek-ceweknya ya mas?
    apa gak di haplod?
    loh kok disetoren di sd card aja?
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    Re: Ranah Minang- Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia

    huhuu...lawa2 gambar....
    ado gambar lain ko..?

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    There were at least 10 waterfalls at Lembah Harau; huge, small, tall and bonsai fall. Our last stop on the second day was a visit to Rumah Gadang Paya Kumbuh.


    Inside rumah gadang Paya Kumbuh


    Maninjau lasses met as we were leaving 'rumah kelahiran Buya HAMKA'.


    Single Malaysian lawyers that we met while leaving restoren Pak Datuk.


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    Re: Ranah Minang- Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia

    best betul kalo doktor yang buat report... tersusun...
    len kali sumer doktor kena buat report bergambar..
    sumer kena pakai dslr..

    aji... dr ikelah x carik cewek bukit tinggi..
    carik stok malaysia gak.. hehe
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    ondek mak... lawa-lawa gambau inyo....

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    On the third day , we ventured out to Danau Maninjau, a large volcano crater lake that measures 70km in perimeter. More importantly, the famous muslim writer Hamka hailed from a village by the lake i.e. Kg Sg Batang. On the way we passed through a road that is flanked by earthy walls on both sides. I was convinced that spiders like tarantula and trapdoors lived there. True enough! We spent quite sometime searching for their nests and giving our guide a short lecture on these ancient creatures. He was impressed, non the less!


    The dark realm of trapdoors and tarantulas


    On the way down to Tasik Maninjau


    Tasik Maninjau from Puncak Lawang


    Another view of Tasik Maninjau. Sitting at the edge


    Passing through Matur town , we went up Puncak Lawang, to view Lake Maninjau from above. After another lunch of Minang food, we began the hair-pin journey down to Danau Maninjau. There are a total of 44 sharp hair-pin bends (keluk), and one has to drive cautiously when negotiating each bend, honking and braking.

    Reaching the first small town we took the left turn, heading for Buya Hamka's house. Situated aprox. 14 km away, the house has been refurbished with ABIM's aid. Few km before the house, we saw the small surau that Buya Hamka used to study the quran. At the house we were briefed by the caretaker and bought some books by Hamka. On the way back we chanced upon the makam of Hamka's father and his madrassah. We then began our journey back up the dwindling road uphill. Truly, Maninjau is a majestic lake and it is no wonder why Hamka boasted about it with pride in many of his poems.






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    These are the handwritten manuscripts of books written by Hamka's father
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    Rumah Arwah Buya HAMKA
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    One of the attraction site in Bukit Tinggi is the Lobang Jepang, catacombs of tunnels made during the Japanese occupation in 1942/43. In total the tunnels measure 6 km and are used to store ammunitions, military strategies etc. Forced labor was imported from Jawa and Sulawesi and these poor people were killed after completion of tunnels. The hill that houses the tunnels face a fairly big canyon called Ngarai Si anok. In the background is Mount Singgalang.







    Images of Lobang Jepang


    A view of Ngarai Si anok


    A shop on top of Lobang Jepang selling embroidered telekung (price is cheaper here)
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    Re: Ranah Minang- Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia

    Our hotel owner lives in a lovely minang bungalow in the middle of vast green paddy fields. We were so mesmerized by the beautiful site that encompasses the house! Simply awesome!


    Look at those shimmering roofs!


    The house faces Gunung Singalang


    Look at the intricate wooden latices


    Feeding carps is so enjoyable
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