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A tour through West Sumatra

A tour through West Sumatra

After the long journey all the way from North Sumatra we finally arrive in West Sumatra, the beautiful highlands of the Minangkabau people. This is a unique society as the matrilineal system and heritage goes via the wife. It is the husband who has to follow the wife...
Bukittinggi

Bukittinggi

Highest located city in the Miningkabau highlands Now we are in the land of the Minangkabau with matrilineal system whereby heritage goes via the wife. The husband moves in with the wife’s family. Interesting is the combination of Islam, which is...
Sawahlunto

Sawahlunto

Sawahlunto Sawahlunto is the only coal mining town in West Sumatra, known as the town of the Black Pearl. Coal was found here since the mid-19th century and afterwards the Ombilin mines were build. Already in 1894 an electric power plant was constructed using coal as...
Kota Gadang

Kota Gadang

Kota Gadang is a picturesque silverwork village near Bukittinggi on the other side of the Sianok valley. In the village are a variety of beautiful colonial houses and the place breathes an atmosphere of days gone by. Kota Gadang is well known because of its fine...
Lake Maninjau

Lake Maninjau

The mysterious lake Lake Maninjau Descending via the road with the forty four curves, while clouds drive by at eye-level, you have breathtaking views over the lake. Madelon Szekely Lulofs about Maninjau The author Madelon Szekely Lulofs lived during her youth in...
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