Padang Panjang

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Padang Panjang
A traditional Minangkabau rumah gadang ("big house") in Padang Panjang
A traditional Minangkabau rumah gadang ("big house") in Padang Panjang
Official seal of Padang Panjang
Seal
Nickname(s): H4d.

Motto: Padang Panjang Kota Serambi Mekah

(Indonesian: Padang Panjang The Courtyard of Mecca)
Location of Padang Panjang in Indonesia
Location of Padang Panjang in Indonesia
Padang Panjang is located in Indonesia
Padang Panjang
Padang Panjang
Location of Padang Panjang in Indonesia
Coordinates: 0°27′S 100°25′E / 0.450°S 100.417°E / -0.450; 100.417Coordinates: 0°27′S 100°25′E / 0.450°S 100.417°E / -0.450; 100.417
Country Indonesia
Province West Sumatra
Area
 • Total 23.00 km2 (8.88 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 49,451
 • Density 2,200/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Area code(s) +62 752
Website www.padangpanjangkota.go.id
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Padang Panjang (sometimes written as Padangpanjang, literally translated means long field) is located in the cool highlands of West Sumatra, inland from the provincial capital Padang. It sits on a plateau beneath the volcanoes Mount Marapi and Mount Singgalang. It has an area of 23 km² and a population of about 50,000. It is located at 0°27′S 100°25′E / 0.450°S 100.417°E / -0.450; 100.417.

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

Town without cigarette advertisments[edit]

Since 2008, Padangpanjang is the only town/city in Indonesia without cigarette adverts. In public area, public transport and children area, smoking is prohibited. In other area/building smoking can be done only in a smoking room. In 2014, some pulmonologist medical doctors want to transfer to other towns, because lack of patients.[1]

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