Nature & Adventure

Lubuak Tampuruang

Water flow on shell Lubuk mountain water comes from Nago. In the area of water flow in the mountains have been formed under tampuruang (coconut shell). In Lubuak can contain only 5 to 10 people in it. The flow of water away form the waterfall. This area of people crowded at the time of entering the month of Ramadan to perform the ritual balimau. To reach the area we have to go through the hills. From the top of the hill we could see the city of Padang and the sea and the scenery is pristine. Journey to the item takes approximately 3 hours round trip. But before getting to our site via irrigation Sugai Guo with an interesting view along the rivers. The flow of the river from irrigation comes from Lubuk Shell River. In the area of the river there is also a legend of the cave there are tigers in the vicinity of the cave river.



Minangkabau, Land of Paradise

The land of the Minangkabau, West Sumatra has a distinct culture which distinguishes it from the rest of the island. A land of scenic beauty with blue green lakes and mountains, West Sumatra’s Centre of culture and tourism is Bukittinggi in the highlands, north of the provincial capital of Padang.
The name Minangkabau means triumphant buffalo. It leads a community and family life based on a matrilineal system which clusters around mosques and the traditional adat houses. As it is the women who own the properties, the men are known for their wanderlust and entrepreneurship. Traveling is considered a mark of success and therefore many of them are found “merantau” (emigrated) to other parts of the country. Proof of this is the many Minang or Padang restaurants, serving very spicy food, found in all major towns in the nation. The people are hospitable and eloquent in a poetic style of speech and ceremonies. Festivals are colorful occasions.
West Sumatra has a coast line where the capital is situated. The hinterland is a range of high mountains which dip into picturesque valleys and lakes. Amongst them are the remnants of the old Minangkabau kingdom of Pagaruyung, (the art centers for silver, hand-weaving, embroidery and woodcarving).

Padang is the capital of West Sumatra. Most people get on or off the boat here, but the town is quite nice and deserves a longer visit. The main sights in the city include the Adityawarman Museum (close to the bus station) in a traditional Minangkabau house and featuring a good collection of antiques and the Taman Budaya cultural center where you can see traditional dances on sundays. The cultural center also offers free tours to the city.

Art & Culture

West Sumatra Culture’s Week 2009

In 12  till 18 July, 2009 at Aditiawarman Museum Padang, the Culture and Tourism Office of  West Sumatra province government will held West Sumatra Culture’s Week 2009. On this event, there will perform minang’s arts, and it will partaking all artists of West Sumatra province.

On this year the West Sumatra Culture’s Week will take a theme “Preserving the Local Culture of  Supporting the National Culture to Developing Tourism Industry In West Sumatra Province”

Beside local artist, this event also will exhibit from overseas artists, such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Korea. West Sumatra Culture’s Week 2009 will full of arts performant, interesting tourism event to visit in Padang city, have a nice watching!