Baanjuang Puti Bungsu Museum in Bukittinggi City, Indonesia
Culture tours are always intriguing for passionate travelers, especially those who are interested in exploring Indonesia. In this case, the best way to learn more traditions and culture of the country is to visit local museums. For instance, everyone should consider visiting Baanjung Puti Bungsu Traditional Museum in Bukittinggi (West Sumatra Province). To be exact, it is located in Benteng Pasar Atas Village and belongs to Guguk Panjang Sub-District. The building stores numerous cultural and historical items of Minang Tribe, in a nutshell. Thus, the guests are allowed to explore the structure and take pictures of those items during the visit.
Here is the unique thing about Baanjung Puti Bungsu Museum. Unlike regular museums, this one applies a design of Minang traditional house (Gadang House). The designer was the Dutchman called Modelar Countrolleur and the structure was done in 1935. This museum has 9 rooms and an “Anjung” on both sides. Instead of using modern roofs, the museum applies traditional materials to all parts of the construction including the roofs and walls. Another important fact is that the museum is built in the middle of Kinantan Zoo! In terms of size, it has the total structure width of 2798 meters per square.
Exploring Baanjuang Puti Bungsu Museum
As mentioned before, the museum is the part of Kinantan Zoo so tourists can enjoy two different vacation attractions at once during the visit! They can also find a friendly keeper who may help them regarding the information and other trivial necessities. According to them, the museum was built in order to store valuable and historical items related to Minang culture. In the past, the name was Bundo Kanduang Museum! The local government changed its name in 2005, though.
Once getting in the building, tourists would be astonished by various items stored inside. For example, there are miniatures of Minang traditional buildings including Gadang House, Lapau, Balairung, Surau, and many others. Next, there are numerous traditional clothes of Minang including Songket fabric, wedding dresses, etc. Even tourists can see historical books, ancient currency, Holy Koran, traditional kitchen appliances, and farming equipment. What is more? Visitors can find numerous art equipment and musical instruments1
Here is the popular activity that tourists often do in Baanjuang Puti Bungsu Museum. They may sit on Minang traditional wedding chair (Pelaminan), wear the wedding dress, and take pictures with it! It can be done freely, in fact. What they need to do is to pay the entrance fee, which is quite affordable.
- Kinantan Zoo
- Janjang Gudang
- Janjang 40
How to Get There
What tourists need to do is to go to Kinantan Zoo, as the museum resides there. From Padang City, the trip may take about 2 hours and 34 minutes as the distance is 95.3 km. It can even be faster if tourists take Lintas Barat Sumatera Street. Once arriving at Bukittinggi City, they only need to go to Benteng Pasar Atas Village and get to the museum directly.
Where to Stay
- Airy Hotel
- Surya Hotel
- Maison Hotel
- Orchid Hotel
- Grand Kartini Hotel