Jam Gadang-Bukit Tinggi

Categories: Tourism, West Sumatra

Jam Gadang is the landmark of Bukit Tinggi and West Sumatra province in Indonesia.  This is also the typical symbol of West Sumatra has a story and unique because he is already decades. Clock Tower was built in 1926 by architect Yazin and Sutan Gigi Ameh. Laying the first stone was carried out hours Rook Maker’s first son who was then 6 years old. This clock is a gift from the Queen of the Netherlands to Controleur (Secretary of State). Distinctive symbols and West Sumatra’s Bukittinggi has a story and uniqueness in its history. It can be traced from the ornaments on the Clock Tower. In the Dutch colonial period, this ornament clock round and on it stands a statue of a rooster. During the Japanese occupation, ornaments hour turned into a pagoda. While in the period after independence, the ornament shape again changed to the shape gonjong traditional Minangkabau house. The numbers on the clock are also unique. The number four in Roman numerals are usually written by IV, but at the Clock Tower is listed with IIII.
From the tower of the Clock Tower, the tourists can see the panorama of the city of Bukittinggi is composed of hills, valleys, and buildings lined up in the city center that is dear to be ignored. Building costs totaled 3,000 Gulden with adjustments and renovations over time. When the Dutch era and the first built round shaped roof and above it stands a statue of a rooster. While at times the Japanese changed again with pagoda-shaped and when Indonesia Merdeka turned into a traditional Minangkabau house. Every day hundreds of people tried at the site of the Clock Tower. There being an amateur photographer, there are selling balloons, and even look for a charge oto (public transport) to be taken to other tourist locations in London. To reach this location, tourists can use a landline. From the city of Padang to Bukittinggi, a trip can be taken for approximately 2 hours using public transport. After arriving in the city of Bukittinggi, the journey can continue to use public transportation to the location of the Clock Tower. At first glance, there may be no weirdness at building the clock as high as 26 meters. Moreover, if the observed shape, because of the Clock Tower only tangible spherical with a diameter of 80 centimeters, strut base basement sized 13 x 4 meters, like a monument or monuments. Therefore another clock size of this habit, it is very suitable as the Clock Tower, which means a big clock. There is not even a strange thing when I saw the Roman numerals in the Clock Tower. But try more closely on the Roman numeral four. There seems to be something that seemed to deviate from the standard. Properly, wrote the Roman numeral four with symbol IV. But in the Clock Tower instead made into a single number that lined the four (IIII). Writing beyond the roman numeral patron is still shrouded in mystery.

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