National Geographic : 1951 Jan
© National Geographic Society 4 Pony Taxis Awaiting Fares Crowd Market Plaza in Bukittinggi A few buses transport country folk to town, but pri vate cars are scarce. Two-wheeled carts carry the well to-do up and down the hilly streets; poorer folk walk. Hard-to-pronounce Bukittinggi is the Fort de Kock of the Dutch colonial era. Kodachronmes by W. Robert Moore + Palembang Boats Resemble Rooftops; Their Sterns Are Gaily Painted Hundreds of native craft swarm the muddy Musi. Old stern-wheelers beat the river to a froth. Floating houses and shops, anchored to poles, rise and fall with the tides. Other homes perch on piles beside the stream. Two big oil refineries offer contrast.