Tri Darya Eka Dharma Museum in Guguk Panjang Sub-District, Indonesia


Many museums reside in Bukittinggi City and offer interesting history as well as information to visitors. As for the reference, there is Tri Darya Eka Dharma or Perjuangan Museum. The location is in Kayu Kubu Village and it belongs to Guguk Panjang Sub-District. It is said the museum was inaugurated by Mr. Hatta in 1973. “Perjuangan” means a struggle or war, actually. No wonder, tourists may find various types of weapons used during the war in the colonial era back then. The good thing is that everyone is allowed to enter the museum and take some pictures inside.

The Nuance
In terms of size, Tri Darya Eka Dharma Museum is not quite big. Still, it is able to accommodate visitors well. The building has a park located in front of it and it is surrounded by fences too. The most noticeable feature is the presence of an old airplane parked in front of the building! The type is AT-16 B-419 and it was constructed by the United States. The Indonesian Air Force used this plane in order to repel any rebellions that occur in 1958 back then.

Exploring Tri Darya Eka Dharma
Before entering the museum, tourists usually spend some time in the yard capturing some pictures of the plane and other interesting objects there. The only rule is that they are not allowed to climb or ride the plane! Everyone should let such historical object as the way it is, after all. The best way to avoid problems when exploring the museum is to come with a tour guide. This person is quite useful regarding the rules and tips, after all. Thus, the guests won’t get any troubles on the site.

The help of the local guide is important in terms of information and history, as well. That means the guests can obtain thorough trivia regarding the museum. For example, it is said Tri Darya Eka Dharma Museum was once the vacation home of a Governor of Sumatra. The inauguration was in 1973 and it was done by Soemantoro. When it comes to the name, it derives from Minang Philosophy called “Tigo Tungku Sajarangan”. It means three elements of strength in union. The purpose of the construction is to pass down the heroic values and fighting spirits to the next generations.

Now, it is time to explore the interior of the building. The museum has numerous historical objects and other collections like weapons, magazines, cannon, old phones, radio, etc. These items were used by local heroes during the past war actually. Not to mention tourists would find photos and documentation there!

Nearby Attractions

  • Lobang Jepang
  • Sianok Canyon
  • Koto Gadang Great Wall
  • Bung Hatta Monument
  • Bung Hatta Palace

How to Get There
From Padang City, a trip to Tri Darya Eka Dharma Museum may take about 2 hours and 40 minutes. It is because the distance is 95.1 km. As for the best trip, tourists can take advantage of Lintas Barat Sumatera Street. Also, make sure to take a nice local transportation service to get there.

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