Bukit Tinggi, Padang is one of the most underrated visited places in Indonesia but once you visit, you’ll never miss home! Padang is a very divine city surrounded by a breathtaking view and delightful foods around but also very mysterious…
THE PUZZLING STONE
Have you heard of the very famous Southeast Asian folktale, Malin Kundang, about a sailor from a poor family that turned into stone along with his boat by the curse of his mom? A person who has visited Air Manis Beach will believe the folktale is true as there is a formation of Malin Kundang’s stone which also known as Tanggang in a kneeling position with his boat covering the beach.
THE BRIDGE THAT HOLDS A SIGNIFICANT STORY
There is an urban legend of an alluring woman who was forced to marry a prosperous old man with many wives to settle up her father’s debt. Knowing that she can’t marry a man of her choice, Samsul Bahri, Siti Nurbaya has decided to kill herself by eating a poisonous lemang (one of the famous food in Padang). The place where she has found dead has turned into a beautiful bridge with a captivating sunset view which should be in everyone’s place-to-visit list.
THE FRIGHTENING JAPANESE TUNNEL
This hair-raising tunnel was built in June 1944 by Japanese army as a form of defenses. This Japanese tunnel or Lobang Jepang is up to 8 km long making it the longest tunnel in Asia. Also, it was said that, this tunnel was used by Japanese army to torture and kill prisoners during World War II. This famous tourist attraction in Padang indeed befitting for someone who loves dark tourism!
THE ‘TRUTH’ OF MANINJAU LAKE
Minangkabau people believe that every place holds a different story. Not just Siti Nurbaya Bridge, this stunning lake is also linked with an astounding local myth of all generations, Bujang Sembilan (The nine bachelors). The story tells about 10 siblings, Kukuban, Kudun, Bayua, Malintang, Galapuang, Balok, Batang, Bayang, Kaciak and their one and only female sibling also the youngest, Sani. Sani fell in love with a guy named Giran and their love was averted by Sani’s brother. Sani and Giran were thrown into the crater of the volcano and it turned into a beautiful lake by the power of their love, which is now known as Maninjau Lake.
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