Tourism Jambi


Name of the famous clock tower in the City of Jambi.

Name of the famous clock tower in the City of Jambi.

The below video shows the construction phases of the famous clock tower / bridge combination in the City of Jambi. The construction was started in July 2012 and was completed in Jan. of 2015. Read our previous article about the clock tower with this link, to obtain information on the origin and meaning of “Gentala Arasy.”

Indonesians are very proud of projects like this. It gives them a sense of development and a step up toward a more modern lifestyle.

Prasasti Karang Berahi

(Engraved Stone in the Village of Karang Berahi)

P. standing beside the fence around the engraved Karang Berahi stone.

In the Village of Karang Berahi is an engraved stone, though not dated, is claimed by some to have been carved out between 608 and 686 AD1. The language used is the ancient Melayu language, and it being during the time of the Hindu Sriwijaya Kingdom, in many respects resembles ancient Sanskrit.

The writing on the stone is an appeal to the Hindu gods for protection and blessing on the Sriwijaya Kingdom, as well as curses on those who are not loyal to the Kingdom (16 total). The writing on this stone is said to be similar to the writing on similar stones in other locations, like:

How to Find Prasasti Karang Berahi’s Location

The stone is located in Dusun Batu Bersurat, Village Karang Berahi, Pamenang Region of the Merangin Regency of the Jambi Province of Indonesia.

The bridge you get to walk across to see the Karang Berahi stone.

The bridge you get to walk across to see the Karang Berahi stone.

To get there, first drive to the 51 kilometer “mile marker” between the Cities of Sarolangun and Bangko. After arriving at this location, turn north off the main road and travel 1.4 kilometers. The road will dead end. You will need to leave your vehicle and walk to the east about 30 meters (100 feet). From there you will descend a concrete path to a swinging bridge. Yes,… you get to cross the narrow foot/motorcycle bridge to get to the Village of Karang Berahi on the other side of the Merangin River. From there turn left, and ask people in the village the stone’s location. It is only another 61 meters (200 feet).

This stone has had a history of being moved about between its current location in the Village of Karang Berahi and the City of Bangko.

The Karang Berahi stone is maintained in a well-kept park with a roof over it, but tragically exposed to the elements.

The Karang Berahi stone is maintained in a well-kept park with a roof over it, but tragically exposed to the elements.

  1. Moved to the yard in front of the Dutch authority in Bangko.
  2. When the Japanese came, they granted permission for it to be moved back next the the mosque in Dusun Batu Bersurat.
  3. It is said that several children had a dream in which a person named Ulya came and commanded the stone to be moved from its position close to the mosque. In the dream, it was said that Ulya said a great catastrophe will take place in Dusun Batu Bersurat if the stone isn’t move away from the mosque. It was then moved to its current location.
    • The stone’s writing, being a reflection of their ancestor’s Hindu religion, could have prompted the moving of the stone away from the mosque.

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1Junaidi T. Noor, the author of Mencari Jejak Sangkala (pg. 28) says the engraving on the stone can be dated between 608 and 686 AD.

C., talking with some acquaintances along the Tungkal River.

The City of Kuala Tungkal

The Tungkal River empties into the sea between the Berhala Strait and the Strait of Malacca,  at the City of Kuala Tungkal. This city is on the north eastern side of the Jambi Province.

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Adventure Gone Wrong

Yesterday there were 2 Canadians who had taken a bus from Medan (North Sumatra) and were headed to Jakarta. They were using the Lonely Planet travel guide for their journey—no personal guide or translator. They got halfway through Jambi and realized this was not the adventure they had imagined.

At a bus stop in Sarolangun, a friend of mine saw them, and though he doesn’t know English, he realized that they were quite distressed, not being able to communicate with anyone. He then called me on his cell phone and let me talk to the hapless travelers.

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The Highs and Lows of the Batanghari River

This picture was taken on August 28, 2013. It is the Batanghari River, with the WTC Mall / Hypermart Dept. Store. The picture also shows the construction taking place on the foot bridge that is currently being built across the river.

This picture was taken on August 28, 2013.
It is the Batanghari River, with the WTC Mall / Hypermart Dept. Store. The picture also shows the construction taking place on the foot bridge that is currently being built across the river.

During the last year we took monthly pictures of the Batanghari River, observing its levels in the City of Jambi.

We assembled the pictures in the below video. From the pictures it’s obvious to see that the peak of the rainy season is February and the peak of the dry season is August-September.

During Feb. 2013 the flooding in parts of the city, as well in upstream areas was quite severe.

You can read the following articles we wrote about the Batanghari River, and watch the accompanying videos with the following links:

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Stairs of the King

Entrance to Tanggo Rajo in the City of Muara Tebo.

Entrance to Tanggo Rajo in the City of Muara Tebo.

Jambi’s history, though mostly built upon myths and legends, has one story about the kings that would sit on the bank of the Batanghari River in the evenings to enjoy the sunset. The City of Jambi has built this story into possibly the most prominent “hang-out” location in their city (Tanggo Rajo, also called ANCOL).

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Glimpse of Scenery and People

Below are some pictures we took and a video we made of

the scenery and people that can be seen on the eastern side of the mountain range in the western portion of the

Jambi Province of Indonesia.

Water buffalo grazing in front of an irrigation water wheel (kincir air).

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