STORY ABOUT JAMBI
Jambi province with total area of about 5,343,700 hectares consists of 9 regencies and one municipality. The Topography of Jambi provinces generally vary from low land areas in the east and hills mountains in the west. Mountainous areas are mostly in Kerinci regency. The natural resources with wealthy biodiversity are represented in four national parks such as Kerinci Seblat National Park, Berbak National Park, Bukit Dua Belas National Park, and Bukit Tiga Puluh National Park. Each of the national parks has own characteristic and typical biodiversity.
PLACES OF INTEREST
1) BATIK & HANDCRAFT
Batik & handcraft Atelier is located 1.4 km from the centre of the town of Jambi. It is a centre for the Jambi-style Batik, plait work and agate handcraft. The centre is run by women.
2) LAKE KERINCI
Lake Kerinci is located 20 km from Sungai Penuh, the capital of the Kerinci regency. This is a popular tourist spot with beautiful panoramas. Accommodation is available on the side of the lake.
3) KERINCI SEBLAT NATIONAL PARK
Kerinci Seblat National Park is located in the Bukit Barisan Mountains; it occupies a total area of 1,484,650 hectares. The park is home to a great variety of animals species, such as elephants, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran rhino, tapirs, panthers, deer, wild goats, primates, crocodiles, birds and reptiles.
4) MOUNT KERINCI
Mount Kerinci is the highest mountain on the island of Sumatra and it is popular with mountain climbers. The nearest village and climber’s base is Kersik Tuo, near Kayu Aro, Kerinci. The route is marked by signs, posted at the half kilometer intervals. The best season to visit is January to October. Fly to Padang the capital of West Sumatra Province and then go to the town of Sungai Penuh, District of Kerinci in Jambi Province which is 7-8 hours drive from Padang or 278km. Otherwise, you can go to the village of Kersik Tuo with a distance of 211km from Padang or approximately 5-6 hours drive.
5) MUARA JAMBI TEMPLE
Muara Jambi Temple is 30km northeast of Jambi, along the Batanghari River. This iste is considered one of the richest archeological sites on the island of Sumatra. The eight temple-like structures appear to Buddist, and were probably built around the 14th century. In 1982, a 32 centimeter tall female bronze statue was found at Koto Kandis, in the Muara Sabak subdistrict. It is believed to be the goddess Laksmi, holding a lotus bud in her right hand and an oil lamp in her left. In addition to the archeologist sites, many visitors find the riverside an ideal recreation and picnic spot.
6) BUKIT DUABELAS NATURE RESERVE
Bukit Duabelas Nature Reserve is located in the Pauh subdistrict, 60 km from Bangko in the Sarolangun Bangko regency. It covers 28,703 hectares and home to deer, monkeys, bears, wild pigs, elephants, snakes, iguanas and many species of birds. Small lakes are found in its surroundings and many small streams discharge into Batanghari River. This nature reserve is also home 1,000 people of the Kubu(anak Dalam) tribe.