The Pagaruyung King’s Palace in Batusangkar, West Sumatra, stands as a classic example of the Rumah Gadang, or ‘Big House’ style of architecture unique to the Minangkabau community of the region. Once the home of the ancient Pagaruyung Kingdom, the palace had been destroyed several times throughout its history. In the 1900s, a replica was built in its place to serve as a museum and monument of the Minangkabau people. Lightning struck the museum and palace in February 2007, tragically razing the structure completely to the ground. It has recently been re-built, to serve as a home and showcase for many unique cultural aspects of the region.
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