Destinations in Indonesia
Talempong: the harmonic melody of West Sumatra
Lake ManinjauLake Maninjau, Padang, West Sumatera.
Rumah GadangRumah Gadang, traditional house in Padang. It mean ' Big House' in English. its roof shaped like a bull horn..
MosqueMosque. Traditional and old mosque, located on the green rice field in Padang.
Jam GadangJam Gadang. Located in Bukittinggi. one of the famous landmark of Kota Padang
Silat SumbarSilek Harimau, West Sumatera.
Kain SongketKain Songket
While the majestic view of the Sianok Gorge in the highlands of Bukittinggi may indulge the sight, and the distinct taste of Padang cuisine certainly defines the taste of the Minangkabau ethnic group , so the harmony of West Sumatra can only be felt through the melodic sounds of the Talempong.
Talempong is a musical instrument consisting of several small kettle gongs that resemble the Javanese Bonang in the Gamelan ensemble. Aside from the instrument, the name also refers to the ensemble of four or five Talempongs accompanied by other musical instruments such as other gongs, accordion, and a gendang percussion. The most notable of this is when a distinct traditional Minangkabau flute called Saluang is featured in the ensemble. The vibrant sounds of the Talempong accompanied by the soothing low pitched tune of the Saluang truly produce uniquely beautiful harmony, which is distinctly Minangkabau. The term Talempong also refers to the genre played by the ensemble.
A Talempong is mostly made of Brass, however there also ones that are made of wood or stone. The kettle gong of the Talempong measures 15 to 17.5 centimeters in diameter and is hollowed at the bottom. The top center of the gong has a bulge on which the stick strikes. The different sizes of the Talempong are what produce the different notes. The note-scale of the Talempong itself is unique, since compared to the regular musical scale it begins with doh and ends in si.
There two ways to play the Talempong: the Talempong Duduak and Talempong Pacik. The Talempong Duduak is played sitting down where five to nine Talempong kettle gongs are arranged on a single board (playing a full scale of notes), while Talempong Pacik is played standing with each player holding 2 or 3 units of Talempong gongs.
The vibrant and unique melodies of the Talempong ensemble usually accompany the performance of West Sumatra’s traditional dances such as the Tari Piring (The Plate Dance), Tari Pasambahan, and Tari Gelombang.
- Bungus Island
- Anai Resort and Golf Course
- Batang Palupuh
- Rimbo Panti Nature Reserve
- Bung Hatta Forest Reserve
- Batu Basurek
- Mount Talang
- Mentawai Island
- Japanese Bunker
- Ngarai Sianok: Breathtaking West Sumatra Canyon
- Madobak Ugai Matotonan Village
- Kerinci Seblat National Park
- Air Manis Beach
- Rafflesia Park
- Singkarak Lake
- Jam Gadang
- Refreshing Lake Maninjau
- Anai Golf and Mountain Resort
- Lake Singkarak
- The Twin Lakes
- The HARAU VALLEY: Green Ricefields and Waterfalls tumbling down Steep Cliffs
- PARIAMAN: Home of TABUIK Celebrations
- SAWAHLUNTO: Historic Coal Mining Town, and Silungkang Gold Songket Sarongs
- Bargains Galore at Bukittinggi’s Pasar Aur Kuning and Pasar Atas
- Pulau Siberut: Home to the Mentawai Tribes
- Pulau Sipora: Mentawai’s Continuous Huge Surf barrels