The heart of the highlands, Bukittinggi is a two-hours drives
through beautiful of Anai valley countryside and up to the Agam
Plateau. A center of attraction is the town's clock tower, topped
with a horn- shaped roof and referred to by the people as Jam
Gadang. It overlooks the market square and the city's magnificent
surroundings. Located 930 meters above sea level, Bukittinggi,
formerly named Fort De Cock by the Dutch, has a cool climate and
is surrounded by three volcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi.
In the outskirts of Ngarai Sianok town, a canyon that separate
Bukittinggi from Gadang City, 12 km away overland. Gadang City
is renowned for its fine silver filigree and hand embroidery.
Also worth visit the Museum, which is a Rumah Gadang, a traditional
extended family house built in the 19th century. There are dance
performances at the museum's open stage every Sunday and on public
holidays. Night dance performances are at Sliguri. It is also
worth seeing the bullfights at Padang Lawas (6 km south of Bukittinggi)
every Tuesday at 5.00 p.m. The delightful hill town, Bukittinggi
nestling amid mountain greenery at 920 m above sea level is the
Minangkabau capital (victorious buffalo) people. Bukit Tinggi
means 'high hill' is stunningly located with views over fertile
valleys to two volcanoes, Mt Merapi and Mt Singgalang. It is laid
out in tiers down the steep hillside, each level connected to
the next by precipitous stone steps and passageways.
The central landmark in Bukittinggi is the clock tower, with
its stylized roof, standing in the town square. Geographically,
the town's highest point is the Rumah Adat Baandjuang Museum.
It is 140 years old classic rumah adat (clan house). It exhibit
include wedding and dance costumes, head dressers, musical instruments,
village crafts and historic weaponry. Panorama Park has spectacular
views over the Sianok and Ngarai canyons.