This is the major landmark and iconic monument of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is called 'Jam Gadang' (lit. 'Massive Clock') and was built by the Dutch in 1926.
One unique feature of the clock is that although Roman numerals were used, the number '4' is featured as 'IIII' instead of the usual 'IV'.
The top of the tower has changed two times. When it was built it featured a dome with a weather rooster on top. During Japanese occupation the top was a Jinja-like structure. After Indonesian independence the top was changed to its present Minangkabau roof structure.
When I visited the Jam Gadang, there were lots of people hanging around the tower and in the plaza next to it. It seems like the iconic structure has become a common meeting point of sorts, since everybody knows where it is, and it is quite close to several tourist attractions, including some business areas and the Hills Hotel.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Posted by Ihsan Khairir at 7:45 PM