One of the buildings of Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia Padang Panjang
Home to a famous performing arts conservatorium, Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (STSI or "Indonesian College of the Art") Padang Panjang, the town stretches up the hill from the marketplace and central mosque, to the soccer field and bus terminal on up to STSI. The main road through Padang Panjang links coastal Padang and the highland capital, Bukittinggi.
The town is also home to the Minangkabau Cultural Documentation and Information Center (Pusat Dokumentasi dan Informasi Kebudayaan Minangkabau - PDIKM).
Street scenery in Padang Panjang in colonial times, with Mount Marapi in the background
Damaged by 1926 Padang Panjang Earthquake
Minangkabau mosque in Padang Panjang in 1912
Europeans sitting before the house of the resident of Padang Panjang in 1900
Opening of the railway line in Padang Panjang in 1895