Pagaruyung Palace

Coordinates: 0°26′22″S 100°40′9″E / 0.43944°S 100.66917°E / -0.43944; 100.66917
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Pagaruyung Royal Palace
Native name
Minangkabau: Istano Basa Pagaruyuang
Istana Pagaruyung.jpg
The new palace, built after the 2007 fire
LocationBatusangkar, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Coordinates0°26′22″S 100°40′9″E / 0.43944°S 100.66917°E / -0.43944; 100.66917
Built17th century
Built forResidence of Pagaruyung Kingdom royal family
Demolished1837 (due to war)
1966 (due to fire)
2007 (due to fire)
Rebuilt1930, 1968, 2007
Architectural style(s)Minangkabau traditional house
OwnerGovernment of Tanah Datar Regency
Pagaruyung Palace is located in Southern Sumatra
Pagaruyung Palace
Location of Pagaruyung Royal Palace in Southern Sumatra

Pagaruyung Palace (Minangkabau: Istano Basa Pagaruyuang) is the istana (royal palace) of the former Pagaruyung Kingdom, located in Tanjung Emas subdistrict near Batusangkar town, Tanah Datar Regency, West Sumatra, Indonesia. It was built in the traditional Minangkabau Rumah Gadang vernacular architectural style, but had a number of atypical elements including a three-story structure and a larger dimension in comparison to common rumah gadang.[1]

Since the Pagaruyung Kingdom was disbanded in 1833, no king or royal family resides in the palace today but is still held in high esteem among Minangkabau people, as the descendants of scattered Minang nobles (bangsawan) still find roots and links to the former royal house of Pagaruyung. The palace has been destroyed by fire several times, in 1804, 1966 and 2007. It has been rebuilt again and today functions as a museum and popular tourist attraction.


The original Pagaruyung palace was built entirely from timber masonry, however, the current building frame was built using modern concrete structure. Nevertheless, the Istano Basa Pagaruyung was quite faithfully restored using traditional techniques and materials adorned with 60 carvings that signify Minang philosophy and culture.[2]

The palace has three stories with 72 pillars and the typical Rumah gadang gonjong, a horn-like curved roof made from 26 tons of black ijuk aren palm fibers. The palace is also furnished with over 100 replicas of Minang antique furniture and artifacts, aiming the palace to be revived as Minangkabau cultural center as well as a tourism attraction in West Sumatra.


The original Pagaruyung palace was built on Batu Patah Hill and was burned down during a riot in Padri War in 1804. The palace was rebuilt but was destroyed again by a fire in 1966. The building was then rebuilt again in 1976 as a replica of the original Pagaruyung palace. It was built after the suppression of the Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Indonesia (PRRI) movement in 1958, which was based in West Sumatra. Then-West Sumatra governor Harun Zen initiated construction of the Istano Basa Pagaruyung in 1976 as a way of reviving the flagging pride of the Minang community after the suppression.[1] The restoration of the palace marked with the erection of tunggak tuo (main columns) on 27 December 1976 by West Sumatra Governor Harun Zain. After completion, the palace has become well-known to the public as a museum and tourist attraction. This building was not built on the original site but moved south from the original site.

The palace was destroyed by fire on the evening of February 27, 2007 after the roof was struck by lightning.[3] It was estimated that only 15 percent of the valuable artifacts survived the fire. Today the surviving artifacts are stored in Balai Benda Purbakala Kabupaten Tanah Datar (Archaeology Authority of Tanah Datar Regency). The pusaka or heirloom of the Pagaruyung Kingdom was stored in Silinduang Bulan Palace [id; min] located about 2 kilometers from Pagaruyung Palace.[4] Restoration of the building took six years and an estimated RP20 billion (US$1,71 million) to complete. The building was completed and inaugurated by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in October 2013.[2][5]

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  1. ^ a b "Istano Basa Pagaruyung: Restored to glory". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  2. ^ a b Syofiardi Bachyul Jb (November 23, 2013). "Istano Basa Pagaruyung: Restored to glory". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Journal of Indonesia Today". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29.
  4. ^ "Kebakaran Istano Basa Isyarat Kepada Pemerintah". Tempo Interaktif. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30.
  5. ^ "Perbaikan Istana Pagaruyung Lebih dari Rp 20 Miliar". Kompas. Archived from the original on 2007-03-07.

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