HomeBlogs Jam Gadang Jam Gadang is an icon of Bukit Tinggi city. In Indonesian language, Jam
Gadang means big clock and it is. This 26 meter tall clock was built in
1826 as a present from the Dutch Queen to the city secretary, Rook
Maker. Over time, its roof has been modified three times. During the
Dutch era, its roof was round with a rooster statue on its top. At
present, its roof reflects a Minangkabau traditional home.
unique thing about this clock is its IV, as it is written as ‘IIII’. Jam
Gadang is located within in 100 meter park. Near the clock is Atas
Market, which is a trading center in Bukit Tinggi.
As a city icon, Jam Gadang is situated in a city
park in Bukit Tinggi, some 80 km from the Minangkabau international
airport; about two to two and half hours by rented car or public
You can see Jam
Gadang from the park where it stands, from Atas Market, or from a
zoological garden which is situated about 1 km from the city center.
Visitors can see the clock while relaxing in a shady
park. You can see the clock from many angles because of its square
form. You can take an andong (carriage) to travel around the clock.
can find many natural products and Minangkabau handicrafts in Atas
There are many hotels
offering various rates and facilities in Bukit Tinggi, such as those
located at Laras Dt. Bandaro-Soekarno Hatta-Dr. A. Rivai-Jenderal
Sudirman streets and those around Jam Gadang area.
In the market, there are many places selling Kapau
rice, Padang satay and many other types of foods.
Within the park, you can see street hawkers selling
local handicrafts and toys. If you like to buy fabric and silver
handicrafts, or shirts with Minangkabau icons at cheap prices, you
should visit Atas Market. Tips
don't forget to take your camera or ask the traveling photographers to
take your pictures with Jam Gadang backgrounds.
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