Museum at Taman Marga Satwa dan Budaya Kinantan

Bukittinggi Zoo also features the Museum of Zoology and ornamental fish aquarium.

Paragliding in Puncak Lawang

This location can be reached by landline. There are two alternative pathways to get to Puncak Lawang, namely from the west and the east.

Danau Singkarak

Lake Singkarak located in two districts in West Sumatra, Kabupaten Solok and Tanah Datar.

Lembah Anai

Overview of the Anai valley waterfall, this is one of the conservation area is highly guarded nature preserve ecosystem.

Pacu Kudo

Horses spur each in July held in Bukittinggi, is traditionally the most popular sport in West Sumarera.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Koto Gadang

According to the history of the Magari Koto Gadang, Kecamatan IV Koto Agam began to be established in the late 17th century. A group of people from Pariangan Padang Panjang come to this area to open new land for settlement, fields and rice paddies. An area formerly known as Bukit Kepanasan chosen as the new location. Because this area is rapidly evolving, and new area was named Koto Gadang.

Nagari Koto Gadang including pioneers in the field of education. In 1856 in this area has been established by the Village School 3-year study period. Early Dutch occupation government has marked that students from Agam, is diligent students, tenacious and smart, especially from the Koto Gadang. Then set up a separate entity called studiefonds (student funding). The foundation was established to raise funds from the villagers to send their children to study in Java, even in the Netherlands.

The spirit of a young child's learning Koto Gadang high and strong support from the community, proved fruitless. According to one report, in 1915, as many as 165 men from Koto Gadang has been working as an employee of the Dutch government. Nearly half (79 people) to work outside the Minangkabau region. A total of 72 people of whom spoke fluent Dutch. It's being a proof of their good education. Up to now there are still many local people, especially the older generation, who is fluent in Dutch.

In 1926 medical school graduates Stovia Jakarta from Minangkabau are 32 people, most of them are citizens of Koto Gadang. Sixteen years later, in 1942 a remarkable surge, as many as 40 residents Koto Gadang Stovia graduated from medical school.

Mochtar Naim 1967 study showed that of the 2,666 residents of Koto Gadang, 467 or 17.5% were university graduates. Of whom 168 people become doctors, engineers be 100, 160 people finished a law degree, and about 10 people doktorandus economic and social science fields other. Next in 1970, as many as 58 more people pass the university. With the achievements of 525 graduates (not including the baccalaureate degree), Koto Tower which has a population of less than 3,000 people, a record unbeaten by villages / anywhere village, as the village has the highest degree even in developed countries as it once did.

No wonder the number of national leaders from Koto Tower, namely Agus Salim, Sutan Sjahril, Syahrir, Ed Zoelferdi and many other national and international figures. Until now had more than 30 sons and daughters Koto Gadang which holds the title of professor, such as Prof Emil Salim, Prof Dr Nuzirwan Acang, Prof Fadil Oenzil, etc. As well as no less than ten sons Koto Gadang also has held the rank of generals and high-ranking officers.

Saturday January 26, 2013, Nagari Koto Gadang again recorded history. Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Ir Tifatul Sembiring dedicate Janjang Koto Gadang. Husks (stairs) along the one kilometer is inspired by the famous Great Wall of China as one of the seven wonders of the world. Because it is long and slender architectural style is somewhat similar to the Great Wall China. Janjang Nagari Koto Gasanf connet towards Ngarai Sianok, a route that has a long history since the colonial era.

This object adds longer an icon for tourism in West Sumatra, particularly Agam district. On the other hand it shows a concern momentum and cohesiveness residents of West Sumatra, both of which are at home, or who are overseas. This building is the result of cooperation existing Minang people in the village and on the shoreline.

by Yongki Salmeno

Mercure Padang Hotel

Mercure Padang Hotel is strategically located in Padang new development area near by government offices, banks and other business activity within an easy walk to Purus beach, 45 minutes driving from Minangkabau International Airport and only a short drive to old Muaro river port and china town.

For centuries, Padang is well-known as a trade center. There are some tourist destinations surrounding Padang such as Bukit Tinggi and Mentawai Island. Mercure Padang is a perfect choice for both business and leisure travelers.

Mercure Padang features 146 contemporary modern designed rooms with swimming pool or ocean view with comfortable twin or queen size bed.

Room Facilities :
TV Channels
Broadband Internet Connectivity
IDD telephone
Safe Deposit Box
Mini Bar and Coffee/Tea Facilities
Hair Dryer
Hot Shower
Laundry Bag
Electronic Door Key
24 Hours Room Service

Atlantis Restaurant
Mercure Padang invites you to a gourmet trip with tasting of regional specialties from breakfast to lunch, dinner or a tasty light bites. Fresh foods and delicious tastes are the main concerned to create your own fascinating dining experience.

Facilities & Services
- Airport transfer
- Internet cable - WIFI
- Fitness centre
- Swimming Pool
- Spa
- Lounge
- Business Centre open 24 hours
- 24 hours room service
- Laundry service

Mercure Padang Hotel
Jln. Purus IV no. 8 Padang 25116 - Indonesia
Phone : +62 - 751 891188
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