Natamagazine.co – Medan, as the capital of North Sumatra, Indonesia, is the main gateway for tourists to visit places attractions such as Lake Toba (Danau Toba), Brastagi, Nias Island, Bukit Lawang (The Rehabilitation Center for Orangutan) and also as one of the historical towns in Indonesia is rich with architectural and urban heritages.
According to history, the city was founded at the confluence of the Deli River and the Babura River in the end of the 16th century by Guru Patimpus, a Pemena religious teacher (Guru) who later converted to Islam. The place was then known as Tanah Deli (Deli land) and the village as Medan Putri and Medan-Deli. Many visitors are actually overlooking Medan city itself as a place of interest. There are actually quite a number of must-see, top attractions in Medan that are definitely worth a visit!
Here are the 10 top and must-see attractions in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia:
1. Maimoon Palace.
Maimoon Palace (Istana Maimun) is one of the most beautiful palace still exist in Indonesia. As one of the most-visited attractions in Medan, Maimoon Palace (Istana Maimun) is the former royal palace of the Sultanate of Deli. Today, the Maimoon Palace becomes of tourism sites from city of Medan and a museum with the throne room being the only room that’s opened and accessible to the public. On weekends, visitors could enjoy traditional live music and performance, and have the opportunity to wear some traditional costumes. The location at Jalan Brigjend. Katamso No. 66 Kampung Aur, Medan.
2. Mesjid Raya Al Mashun, The Great Mosque of Medan.
Regardless of your faith and religion, The Great Mosque of Medan is one the must-visit attractions in Medan. Referred by the locals as Masjid Raya Al Mashun, this is the main mosque and one of the largest ones in Medan. It has mesmerizing architecture and decorations; exquisite marble, stained glass windows, gorgeous domes, immaculate tiles. To visit the mosque, ensure that you dress appropriately & respectfully and avoid prayer times (for Non-Muslims). The great mosque is not far from Maimoon Palace. The location at Jalan Sisingamangaraja No. 61, Medan.
3. Tjong A Fie Mansion.
Tjong A Fie’s Mansion is a historical landmark with both Chinese and Malay design influences at Kesawan Area, the heritage districts in the city of Medan. When you’re there, you’ll have the opportunity to take a tour of the mansion with one of the on-site guides. The tour would offer you a great insight on the prominent and affluent people lived in Medan during the early 20th century. Some well-travelled visitors could notice the similarity between this mansion and the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang. They are both relatives who decided to build two very similar houses in two different places. The location at Jalan Jend. Ahmad Yani No. 105, Medan.
4. North Sumatra Museum.
A museum is an institution that cares conserves a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance. If you want to go back in time and learn a little more about the history of North Sumatra, this museum is the best place to go. You will find galleries and collections of past North Sumatran, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Dutch colonial communities. There are also historical items such as weapons, scriptures, textiles, and many worship artefacts. The location at Jalan HM. Joni No. 51 Teladan Area, Medan.
5. Sri Mariamman Temple.
Sri Mariamman Temple is Medan’s oldest Hindu Temple. Was built in 1884 for the worship of the goddess Mariamman. If you go to Kampung Keling, you will get an unusual look at Medan. This is the main area for the large Tamil community in Medan. Kampung Keling is so authentic that you will be forgiven if you were to momentarily think that you’re in India. Not far from the temple, you’ll find Sun Plaza, the big mall in city of Medan and the famous Pagaruyung street food with local and international taste. The location at Jalan Teuku Umar No. 18, Petisah Area, Medan.
6. Medan Post Office.
Opened in 1911, Medan Post Office is one of the oldest and most recognizable buildings in Medan. Built by the Dutch during the colonial period, it was designed in the typical colonial style. Today it still functions as a post office with a section exhibiting wonderful stamp collections. Not far from Medan Post Office, you can find the center of food Merdeka Walk, “Lapangan Merdeka, Mall Center Point and Medan Train Office or Medan Airport Train Station (Raillink to Kuala Namu International Airport). Medan Post Office is located at Jalan Pos No. 1, Medan.
7. Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni, Sunggal.
Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni, which means ‘Our Lady of Good Health Church’, is a relatively new ‘baby’ to the city as it was opened to the public only in 2005. Despite its unique resemblance to multiple architectures such as a Buddhist temple, a Hindu temple, and even a Chinese palace, this intricate and beautiful building is actually a Catholic church. Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni is located at Jalan Sakura III No. 7-10, Sunggal Area, Medan and not far from Asam Kumbang Crocodile Park.
8. Asam Kumbang Crocodile Park Sunggal.
Asam Kumbang Crocodile Park is the largest crocodile breeding park in Indonesia. This crocodile park was was taken from a hobby from Tham Lo Muk, local residents in 1959 who loves reptiles. The park which has an area of two hectares is even becoming the largest crocodile park in Southeast Asia. Asam Kumbang park has collections of many types of crocodiles, start from the youngest one to over forty years old. Although it filled with many beasts, this place is very safe because they are placed in ponds and an artificial lake that has been designed safely. The location at Jalan Bunga Raya No. 59, Sunggal Area, Medan.
9. Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery.
Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery is a natural history museum in Medan, Indonesia. The museum displays various collections of wildlife from the smallest to the largest according to the habitat. After the development was completed in October 2007, the Museum & Gallery has an area of 2970 m² building. The founder is DR. H. Rahmat Shah, a sports fan and a professional hunting conservationist and nature lover who has traveled around various parts of the world to study directly the concept of conservation that has been adopted by many countries including USA, Russia, Germany, China, Australia, New Zealand, almost all of Africa and other countries in order to prevent extinction and increase wildlife populations and their habitats that remain stable throughout the period. Through the museum he invites visitor to better understand the diversity of wildlife that exist in the world and their importance. If you are a flora and fauna lover, this is the place to go in city of Medan. Rahmat International Wildlife Museum and Gallery is located at Jalan S. Parman No. 309, Petisah Area, Medan and near Sri Mariamman Temple.
10. Vihara Maha Maitreya.
Maha Vihara Maitreya began to be established in 1991 on a land of 4.5 hectares but only inaugurated in August 2008. This place also visited countless crowded as the main special place of worship. However, the atmosphere there was very quiet and peaceful so as to make the atmosphere becomes more solemn worship. The grounds around it also is huge. There is also a nice bird refuge right next to it and one can see many white herons resting on all of the trees in the refuge (when the herons are not fishing for food). The Vihara is so large in the city of Medan, which is said one of the largest temple in Indonesia. Many people do not realise that Medan has a large Buddhist population. The Vihara Maha Maitreya plays a very important role for this Buddhist community. For visitors, you can take an internal tour of the building as well as wander around the scenic exterior grounds. Maha Vihara Maitreya is located at Kompleks Cemara Asri Boulevard No. 8 Percut, Medan. (Nm).
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