Padang Panjang, West Sumatera, Indonesia

The city of Padang Panjang is a small town located in the province of West Sumatra, Indonesia and is the smallest town by area in the province.

Rumah Gadang (Big House) in Padang Panjang, West Sumatra. In front of the house are four small huts to store harvested paddy called “rangkiang”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This  city also has a nickname as “the City of Serambi Mekkah”, and also known as “the Egyptian van Andalas”. While it administrative area is surrounded by the city administrative area Tanah Datar regency.

Padang Panjang town was once the seat of government while the city of Padang, when the Dutch occupied the city of Padang in the Dutch military aggression in 1947.
The city as a local government formed under Law No. 8 of 1956 on the establishment of an autonomous region within the small town of Central Sumatra province on March 23, 1956. Furthermore, based on Law No. 1 of 1957, city status was aligned with the district and other cities in Indonesia, and by government regulation No. 13 year 1982 the city of Padang Panjang is divided into two districts with 16 districts.

Then based on the city of Padang Panjang local regulation number 17 of 2004 established the anniversary of the city of Padang Panjang on December  1, 1790.

At this town there is a Documentation and Information Centre of Culture Minangkabau (PDIKM) located adjacent to the Village attractions Minangkabau (Minang Village), which provide information and documentation about the history and culture of Minangkabau in the form of books, microfilm, photographs and so on.

Also in this town there is also a family recreation area known as the Minang Fantasy Water Park or MIFAN consisting of a water park with rides wave pool, current pool, a swimming pool for women, a special pool of children, spill buckets and slide tower.

Randai performance in Padang Panjang (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attractions: Fantasy Minang (Mifan) Water Park is an icon of tourism in the current City of Padang Panjang. Objects that are claimed to be the largest, most complete and modern in Sumatra is a family recreation area that is very interesting. Besides the play area, Mifan also equipped with a Cottage, Stage Music, Camping and Outbound Ground, mushalla, Restaurant, Snack Counter, etc..

Near the entrance gate to the city of Padang Panjang precisely in the area of the Silaing Bawah high bridge there. High Bridge is a railway track Padang Panjang town  to  Padang City. The bridge was built in the Dutch colonial era with a height of approximately 20 meters from the top surface of the highway.

With a strong steel frame, the bridge is in a semicircle connecting the mountain chain on the right and left of the road and just above the Batang Anai River Channels. This high bridge is unique because it is the only railroad in Indonesia are semicircular, curved downward.


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