Sumatra Culture

Sumatra is rich in history and culture. You can explore old war tunnels from world war 2 where the island was occupied by the Japanese in Bukittinggi. Traditional houses can be visited around Sumatra including long houses that were lived in by kings. There are two main tribes, the Minangkabau and the Batak. Both tribes continue with historic traditions such as ceremonies and dances. Agriculture is an important part of the lives of Sumatrans, they export a great number of products around the world daily helping bring in valuable income.

Highlights

Sumatra Culture

Rumah Bolon (Long House)

A great example of a traditional house in North Sumatra, that once housed 13 kings. You can tour this house and watch dance performances.

Sumatra Culture

Agriculture

Sumatra Culture

Bukittinggi

Sumatra Culture

Simanindo

Sumatra Culture

Minangkabau Tribe

The Minangkabau live near Bukittinggi in the South, are Muslims and practise matriarchy. The women in the family manage the wealth and property passes from mother to daughter.

Sumatra Culture

Batak Tribe

Sumatra Culture

Coffee

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