Bukittinggi Indonesia is a completely different travel destination than Bali with its hotels for relaxation and pampering. Here you are invited to discover some important Indonesian history, modern leaders, and its heroes. A completely different culture, way of life and religion will offer you new perspectives of this huge tropical island.
This city is situated near two volcanoes, Mount Singgalang and Mount Merapi that often makes the headlines because it is still active and erupting once in a while. This important city is at a very comfortable altitude of over 900 m; similar to Padang (94 km away) which gives it a tempered climate. You cannot fly to this town at least for now, and yet it is definitely an interesting site to stop at, should you be traveling by land from Padang to Pekanbaru or vice versa.
Bukittinggi marked itself into Indonesian history books because it was used as a center to rule from for the Dutch East Indies and during the Japanese colonial period and was the capital during the Emergency Government of the Republic of Indonesia. On top of that, it is the birthplace of Indonesia’s first vice president Drs. Moh.Hatta. Walking through this city, tributes to the vice president can be seen all over town, the place he was born, his official palace and more.
This area has also produced well-known scholars, scientist, artists, and politicians contributing to the Republic of Indonesia. Right across from one of Hatta’s memorials is the city’s s most iconic tribute from the Dutch Colonials of the past: The Jam Gadang. It means Big Clock and shows off the traditional pointed Minangkabau roof. And it has been one of the more iconic destinations of Sumatra Barat (West Sumatra) for a long time.
Very close to the Tower are a few more touristic destinations like Up Market Pasar Atas and the Japanese Caves Gua Jepang, which sort of depicts the violent history this town had endured during colonialization and the 2nd World War. If you love old history and forts, you can visit Fort Kock built by the Dutch in the 19th Century on a hilltop.
All these sites can be enjoyed from a walking distance should you choose to stay at the newly reopened Novotel Bukittinggi. Its historic architecture, comfortable rooms, friendly service and strategic location makes it one of my favorite hotels to stay at when visiting Bukittinggi.
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