Jam Gadang is an icon of Bukittinggi. In the Indonesian language, Jam Gadang means big clock and big it certainly is! This 26 meter tall clock was built in 1826 as a present from the Dutch Queen to the city secretary, Rook Maker. Its roof has been changed three times reflecting changes in the history of the town itself. During the Dutch era, its roof was round with a rooster statue on its top. Today its roof reflects architecture of a traditional Minangkabau home.
One unique thing about this clock is its IV, as it is written as ‘IIII’. Jam Gadang is located within a 100 meter park. Near the clock is Atas Market, which is a trading center in Bukittinggi.
This region is famous for it’s spicy Padang food. In the market, there are many places selling Kapau rice, Padang satay and many other types of foods, spicy crackers and red chili powder by the bagful.
Within the park, you can see street hawkers selling local handicrafts and toys. Visitors can find fresh produce as well as many all kinds of souvenirs and Minangkabau handicrafts in the close by Atas Market.
There are many hotels offering various rates and facilities in Bukittinggi, such as those located at Laras Dt. Bandaro – Soekarno Hatta – Dr. A. Rivai – Jenderal Sudirman streets and those around Jam Gadang area.
Visitors can see the clock while relaxing in the shade of the park. You can take a bendi (horse-drawn carriage) to travel around the clock.
You can see Jam Gadang from the park where it stands, from Atas Market, or from the zoo which is located about 1 km from the city center.
Jam Gadang is an icon of Bukittinggi, located in a city park. Bukittinggi itself is located around 80 km from the Minangkabau international airport; about two to two and half hours by rented car or public minibus.