Jam Gadang is an icon of Bukit Tinggi city. In Indonesian language, Jam Gadang means big clock and it is. This 26 meter tall clock was built in 1826 as a present from the Dutch Queen to the city secretary, Rook Maker. Over time, its roof has been modified three times. During the Dutch era, its roof was round with a rooster statue on its top. At present, its roof reflects a Minangkabau traditional home.
One unique thing about this clock is its IV, as it is written as ‘IIII’. Jam Gadang is located within in 100 meter park. Near the clock is Atas Market, which is a trading center in Bukit Tinggi.