A traditional Minangkabau rumah gadang ("big house") in Padang Panjang
Padang Panjang Kota Serambi Mekah
(Indonesian: Padang Panjang The Courtyard of Mecca)
Location within West Sumatra
|o Mayor||Fadly Amran|
|o Vice Mayor||Asrul|
|o Total||23.00 km2 (8.88 sq mi)|
|o Density||2,200/km2 (5,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (Indonesia Western Time)|
|Area code||(+62) 752|
Padang Panjang (sometimes written as Padangpanjang, and old known as Padang Pandjang in Dutch East Indies era, literally translated means long field, Jawi: ? ?), 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 .
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).
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.
Street scenery in Padang Panjang in colonial times, with Mount Marapi
Earthquake in 1926
Europeans sitting before the house of the resident of Padang Panjang in 1900