JANJANG KOTOGADANG , BUKIT TINGGI , WEST SUMATRA
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- Post 23 June 2013
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INDONESIAN WONDER 23.06.2013
Bukit Tinggi in West Sumatra, is known for its Jam Gadang or big clock and Ateh Market as the center of fine embroidery. It is also one of Indonesian favorit tourist destinations due to the panoramic views of canyon or Ngarai Sianok. But there is yet another attraction in Bukit Tinggi which was inaugurated by Minister of Communication and Informatics Tifatul Sembiring on January 27, 2013, namely Janjang Koto Tower or often dubbed as Indonesia’s Great Wallnya Indonesia. Although relatively still new, the tourist object has already been visited by many tourists at home and abroad.
The location Great wall of Koto Gadang, as the name suggests, is in the area of Koto Gadang. It is also called Janjang Saribu. The wall, or to be precise, connects Agam regency and Bukit Tinggi city. It is said there was once a stairway made of stone that stretched from Sianok canyon to the tip of Kotogadang area.
Some people say that the number of stairs in the Great wall of Kotogadang is 1000. It takes about 30 minutes to complete the route from the starting point up to the top stair. It would be a great exercise to get to the top.
The first path is down way. Then after a distance of a few meters, there is a suspension bridge that can only be traversed by a maximum of 10 people. This trip is pretty disturbing, because the bridge sways. After crossing the bridge , the long jonjong or stairs began to come into sight. The shape is deliberately similar to the Great Wall in China. If you are tired, you can stop occasionally and take pictures in places with interesting spots. However, once you get to the top, all the tiredness will pay off, because of the green and beautiful scenery before you. Here, you can relax and unwind while looking at the beauty of the Sianok canyon and toward Bukit Tinggi from a rest house, built in typical Minang traditional house with distinctive Bagonjong roof. To get to the location of the Great Wall of Koto Gadang, you can simply take your vehicle to Sianok canyon, then when you get to an intersection on Panorama street, turn to the left. The road is quite narrow, and winding down. Therefore riders or drivers should always be careful. You should pay attention to the road, as the entrance to Janjang Koto Gadang is located on the left. For parking vehicles, it is relatively a fair distance. But here there is no need to buy a ticket, because this staircase tour is free.