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.

Dutch Fort and Other Buildings

The buildings in the pasar (market) are all like this--Dutch architecture.

The buildings in the pasar (market) all have
Dutch architecture.
The date of this building is posted just below the second story window (1937).

In the City of Muara Tebo

For those traveling through the City of Muara Tebo and you’d like to take a short 30 minute break, you could drive through the small city to look at the old Dutch wooden buildings which are still in use. The buildings located in the very center of the city, called the pasar, or market, are all wooden buildings of Dutch architecture from 1930 era. As you drive around you will see that people are still living in homes and barracks that were at one time used by the Dutch solders and their families.

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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 Grave of Pakubuwono III

C & P at the assumed grave of
Pakubuwono III

In the Village of Lubuk Landai

One site to see in the Village of Lubuk Landai is the grave of Pakubuwono III. The tombstone gives him the title of: “Rajo Bumi Tanah Sepenggal Sri Pangeran Mangkubuwono” (The King of the Earth in Tanah Sepenggal, the Honorable Prince Mangkubuwono).

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Short Cut on Road Between the Cities of Jambi and Muara Bulian

A car that lost control and went up into the brush.

A car that lost control and went up into the brush.

We were informed of a “short-cut” between the cities of Jambi and Muara Bulian that would cut down the driving distance by 10 kilometers. During a recent trip to Sarolangun we had the opportunity to verify that information, and we found that the different route was only 4.2 km (2.6 miles) shorter.

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An Icon in The City of Sarolangun

Ikan Keloso (or Kelisa) This is a 15' long fish monument that is located at the entrance leading to the government offices in Sarolangun (Kantor Bupati)

Ikan Keloso (or Kelisa)
This is a 15′ long fish monument that is located at the entrance leading to the government offices in Sarolangun (Kantor Bupati)

While visiting the City of Sarolangun we had the opportunity to meet in the home of the Sekretaris Daerah (Sekda) Kabupaten Sarolangun, Bapak (Mr.) H. Thabroni Rozali. This man invited us to the Kantor Bupati (Bupati’s office) the next morning, where he introduced us to eight men who were kepala adat & ketua adat (cultural experts), as well as the heads of various government agencies.

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Jembatan Gantung (hanging bridge)

In the Village of Tanjung Muara Semayo

Bridge Over the Tabir River

Bridge Over the Tabir River

There are times when we get to enjoy crossing rivers on foot bridges. These bridges can be quite intimidating the first time you cross them, especially when they are missing a few boards here and there.

Another intimidating experience on these bridges is when motorcycles come across the same time you are crossing them. Motorcycle traffic is frequent on the one pictured here, and when it happens, pedestrians must stand to the far side and hang onto the cables so the motorcycles can pass behind them.

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