Bung Hatta Palace in Guguk Panjang Sub-District, Indonesia
In Guguk Panjang Sub-District, tourists may find an interesting place to visit. The name is Bung Hatta Palace and it resides in Bukit Cangang Kayu Ramang Village, where Bung Hatta Monument is located. This building is considered new, due to the last renovation was done by the local government. Actually, the original structure was built in the 1960s, but the Dutch destroyed it during the second military aggression back then. Another name of the building is Negara Tri Arga, which means the Tree Mountains (Sago, Marapi, and Singgalang). Also, these days, the palace has been visited by tourists due to its history and interesting structure.
In terms of location, Bung Hatta Palace is indeed strategic. It is located across Gadang Clock Park and it even features a spacious park with beautiful landscape and various trees (including pines and palms). The palace is even surrounded by latticed low walls and an open gate. Due to the importance, some guards are seen on the site. It is disheartening that tourists need to get a special permit in order to get to the main building. That means common visitors can only take pictures of the building from outside and enjoy the nuance of the park. If they want to get inside, they must get the permission first.
Exploring Bung Hatta Palace
Once arriving at the site, tourists may feel the serenity. Not many visitors are seen there, due to the fact that tourists are not allowed to get in the building carelessly. Even though Bung Hatta Palace resides on the roadside, it looks so lonely due to the low number of visitors. Have no worries. It is good news for those who do not like a crowded vacation spot. They even have the opportunity to enter the palace as long as they get the permission first.
The best allure of Bung Hatta Palace is definitely the history. Tourists can obtain the information regarding the palace either from the guards or local guides, actually. It is said the building has been functioned differently over time. In the past, it once belonged to Padangse Bouvenlanden and Agam. After the Independence of Indonesia, the building became Mohammad Hatta’s working place. Unfortunately, in 1948, the Dutch destroyed it along with other structures in Bukittinggi.
It is true that tourists require some efforts in order to enter the palace. For those who want to avoid hassles, they can simply enjoy the nuance of the palace’s park and take some pictures using a camera there. One thing, no one is allowed to litter so it is important to take care of the environment during the visit.
- Gadang Grand Clock
- Bung Hatta Monument
- Jenjang Gudang
- Lobang Jepang
How to Get There
As mentioned before, Bung Hatta Palace is located in Guguk Panjang Sub-District. For those coming from Padang City, they may spend a trip for about 2 hours and 40 minutes as the distance is 94.8 km. Once arriving at Guguk Panjang, they can simply reach Cangang Kayu Ramang Village where the building resides. As for the tip, make sure to take Lintas Barat Sumatera Street for a faster trip.
Where to Stay
- Imran Hotel
- Ambunsuri Hotel
- Jogja Hotel
- Malindo Hotel
- Mersi Hotel