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“Pride of Sumatra”
Review of Pagaruyung Palace

Pagaruyung Palace
Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Bukittinggi
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

Pagaruyung Palace, also known as "Minangkabau Istano Basa Pagaruyuang" is the royal palace of the former Pagaruyung Kingdom, located in Batusangkar town, West Sumatra. Built in the traditional Minangkabau architectural style, it is a three stories structure. It has 72 pillers and horn like curved roof. It has been furnished with antique furniture and artiffects. The Palace has been built on raised platform. Underneath space is used to keep their cattle and cattle food. The floor space is in split level. Raised level was used for guests who will sit facing the entrance, and keeping their back to the bedrooms build at the end of the raised platform. See pictures.

Today, no royal family resides in this palace. It is now a museum and popular tourist attraction. There is a rice barn, a big horse, and gardens in the palace complex. You can rent a typical Minangkabau dress for your memorable picture. A must visit for unique experience.

4  Thank RajnishPathak
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

The building is in really good condition, has been worked on. So you see a real nice Minangkabau style palace. The inside is nice decorated. Walking the area around it amd the others buildings were nice also. At the entrance there are many of those 'disney' figures with who you can go on a photo. Not my interest and they were a bit in the way to get a good picture of the palace :)

Thank Jacomijn74
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Pagaruyung palace is an icon for West Sumatrans as this is the original and historical remains of the West Sumatrans kingdom and cultural image. You can take photos here wearing the famous Minang colorful dress both for men and women. And for the ladies, you can also try wearing the famous Minang head ornaments which are an identity for the west sumatrans women. The pagaruyung is also a reflection of the west sumatrans "rumah gadang" or big house, where in the old days all families and relatives stay at this big house that would typically have many bed rooms which each bed room usually accommodate different families.

4  Thank Harry J
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Beautiful building in a very spacious area. Tourist can take pictures wearing the traditional dress and "suntiang". Love the place and wish it could be made better.

Thank Julietty P
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

I love this istana baso..the history and the philosophical understanding for each ornaments and crafts is just really unique and interesting

1  Thank Tanjung_Gading
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