Unknown Hero Monument (Tugu Pahlawan Tak Dikenal) in Guguk Panjang Sub-District, Indonesia


What about an idea to visit Bukittinggi City, Indonesia? It is a good destination for those who look for amazing natural attractions, history, and culture in a nutshell. Even a unique landmark like the Unknown Hero Monument is worth a visit! The location is in Aur Tajungkang Village and it belongs to Guguk Panjang Sub-District. In terms of accessibility, it is definitely strategic due to the fact that the monument resides behind the famous Bung Hatta Monument. The only issue is that no one knows the name of the person, who inspired the construction of this landmark. Even historians are not sure about it!

The Nuance
In terms of size, the Unknown Hero Monument is considered moderate. It is built on a round base and surrounded by beautiful plants and trees. A statue of young man stands over numerous giant faces and a dragon! This man makes a pose of a conductor, carrying a small wooden stick as well. It is also said that the stick was once a small pole of the flag. According to historians, the monument has the meaning of the struggle of local people in beating bad people (the Dutch) during the colonial era back then.

Exploring Unknown Hero Monument
Due to the mystery and uniqueness of the monument, more people are interested to come to the site either to witness the structure directly or hang out in the afternoon. Not only the site is popular among the locals, it has been visited regularly by outsiders these days. People usually drop by to this area after visiting Bung Hatta monument or vice versa. For the tip, there is no need to hire a local guide as tourists won’t get any information related to the monument at all. As an alternative, visitors can take advantage of the nuance for relaxation either in the morning or afternoon.

One thing, Unknown Hero Monument resides on the roadside so the traffic is a little bit crowded. Not to mention everyone should be more careful when crossing the street if they want to reach Bung Hatta Monument later (which is located behind the site). Usually, the monument gets more visitors on weekends so tourists should find a good spot to park the vehicle beforehand.

Another popular activity that tourists can do in Unknown Hero Monument is none other than photography. Taking selfies in front of the monument and post the pictures on social media sites are quite popular among tourists these days. Thus, make sure to collect some good photos before going home or visiting other famous attractions in Bukittinggi City later.

Nearby Attractions

  • Bung Hatta Monument
  • Bung Hatta Park
  • Bung Hatta Palace
  • Jenjang Gudang

How to Get There
As mentioned before, the monument is located near to Bung Hatta Park so tourists can easily find it without hassles. For those coming from Padang City in Indonesia, though, they need to spend a trip of about 2 hours and 35 minutes to get to the location as the distance is 95.3 km. For a faster trip, they can take Lintas Barat Sumatera Street, actually.

Where to Stay

  • Ambunsuri Hotel
  • Bunda Hotel
  • Imran Hotel
  • Antokan Hotel

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