Common architecture design in Jambi

A unique feature about many buildings in Jambi is that the tops of the barge boards are crossed. We’ve asked many people why buildings have this feature, but there has yet to be an explanation which satisfies us. The only response we have received is: “it’s our tradition,” or, “it’s a symbol of Jambi.”

We are under the suspicion that there was another reason why this architectural design began to be used many years ago, but the reason has thus far been beyond our ability to find. It’s possible that the original purpose has been lost, since much of Indonesia’s history has been passed down orally.

Below is a short video we made of buildings around Jambi that have this unique and interesting design.