Medan is the capital city of North Sumatra and the fourth largest metropolitan city in Indonesia. Medan becomes economic center for the region of Sumatra, beside has a lot of historical tourist attractions in Medan, it also known as culinary spots with rich flavor and it is one of the best things to do in Medan. To get to Medan city after 2013, it a little far away than before when Polonia airport was serving the regular flight and the location is too close to the city, the airport become military air base and replace with the new airport in Deli Serdang regency namely Kuala Namu International Airport located approximately 2 hour driving by car from Medan. The Medan city has visited a large number of the tourists from all around the world. Seems North Sumatra become booming destination in Indonesia, many tourist stay overnight in Medan City, having best foods and visit the sightseeing and historical sites in Medan, then they continue the journey to Lake Toba, Berastagi and Bukit Lawang for trekking to see Orangutans. The rich diversity of attractions including the influence of Batak Culture, Karo Culture, Tamil and Chinese, Here we invite you to explore more of the best tourist attractions in Medan Indonesia to visit:
- Visit Maimun Palace
First things you can do in Medan North Sumatra is visiting Maimun Palace. Maimun Palace is the Sultanate of Deli Palace located at Brigadier General Katamso Road, Sukaraja, Medan Maimun. The palace was completed built in 1888 during the reign of Sultan Makmun Al-Rashid Perkasa Alamsyah. Since 1946, the palace inhabited the heirs of the Deli Sultanate. The total palace building area is about 2,772 meter with a yard area of 4 hectares. The architecture of the palace is a combination of Middle East, Mongol, Spanish, Indian, Dutch and Malay architectural features. Inside of the palace there are 30 rooms with the unique interior design and a mix of art design from various countries. In the certain times such as wedding parties and other activities, in the palace often held the traditional Malay art and music performances. For the visitor who come to the palace, they can still see the collections such as photographs of Sultan’s family, various type of weapon and household furniture.
See Also: Tourist Attractions in North Sumatra
- Visit Medan Grand Mosque
Al Mashun Grand Mosque or popular as Medan Grand Mosque is the mosque that built in 1906 located in Sisingamangaraja Street, Medan City. This mosque is one of popular tourist attractions in Medan. This mosque was built by Sultan Mamun Al Rashid Perkasa Alamsyah IX which all the cost of the construction paid by the Sultan. The mosque is a royal mosque and become the pride of Medan people. Currently, the mosque become the center of Muslim worship place in Medan. The most architecture is still original which get the design influence from the ancient mosque architecture in India, Arab and Egypt.
- Visit Shri Mariamman Temple
Shri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu Temple in Medan located on Teuku Umar Street No. 18, Petisah Tengah, Medan Petisah, Medan City, North Sumatra. The temple was built in 1881. The temple is located precisely in Kampung Keling which is predominantly Indian Tamil ethnic who are the Hindus religion. The temple is very close to one of popular shopping center in Medan, Sun Plaza. The temple name was taken from the Hindus goddess Mariamman which according to Hindus believe has power to cure diseases and bring down the rain when dry season. Shri Mariamman Temple has a unique architecture and at the gate has 2 of elephant statues in the right and left side. Elephant is the sacred animal according to the Hindus. Inside the main building of the temple has many statues included Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma and at this time many Hindus community come to pray here beside of the historical site in Medan city.
- Visit Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery
Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery is a natural conservation museum in Medan, North Sumatra. The museum stores various collection of variety of wild animals more than 2.000 animals. The museum is located on S. Parman Street No. 309, Medan, North Sumatra. Mostly the animal collection in the museum collected by the owner from his hunting authorized. In this museum also has the library of the animal species and its habitat of various countries in the world. The owner of Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery is Rahmat Shah, a businessman and professional hunter. He was the first Indonesian who received International recognition of The Big Five Grand Slam Awards and World Hunting Awards. In this first wildlife museum in Southeast Asia, you can see a collection of various types of animals that has been preserved. You can see various animals from around the world starting from the smallest to the largest animals. There are also various species of the birds, mammals, African animals, komodo and other rare animals. If you want to visit this museum, the entrance fee IDR 32.000 per person and you will be able to see the entire of the collection. There is an interesting collection of five big African Animal, Elephant, African Bull, White Rhino, Lion and Cheetah.
- Visit Bukit Barisan Military Museum
Bukit Barisan Military Museum is military museum displays many historic weapons and military equipment used during the Indonesian Independence Struggle located on KH. Zainul Arifin No. 8, Petisah Tengah, Medan Petisah, Medan City, North Sumatra. Formerly the building of the museum in 1947 was a Regional Military Command (Kodam) and since 1959 to 1971 used for Regional Military Command Transportation office. Later in 1971 the building used for the museum. The museum will tell you the most memorable of the struggle of North Sumatra people against the Dutch colonialism and the war occurred on December 10th, 1945. The museum opened daily except Monday at 08.00 to 15.00 local time.
- Visit Medan Post Office
Medan Post Office is the historic building of post office and still retains its function as the post office until now. The post office is located in the center of the city close to Merdeka Square which is the largest post office in Medan opened in 1911 with the total building area of 1200 square meters. The post office with the Dutch architecture style is become the icon of Medan city and it worth to visit.
- Visit North Sumatra State Museum
North Sumatra State Museum is the largest and state museum in North Sumatra and the one of the best museum in Indonesia store many collection of the cultural heritage, arts, fossils, statues, prehistoric tools, and many traditional items. The museum stands on an area of 10,468 square meters two-storey building. The museum located on HM. Joni No. 51, Teladan Barat, Medan City, North Sumatra. Currently the museum has total collection of 6.799. In the museum you will see many multicultural collection such as traditional house and the traditional clothes of North Sumatra ethnic community such as Malay ethnic, Toba, Karo, Mandailing, Pakpak, Nias, and Simalungun. Besides you will also see the replica of Sumatran typical animals, prehistoric tools, ancient human fossils and the relics of statues, gravestones, traditional weapons, traditional medicine, and the historic paintings. North Sumatra State Museum open daily except Monday and public holiday.
- Visit Tjong A Fie Mansion
Tjong A Fie Mansion is the residence of Tjong A Fie Mansion who was the Chinese descendent most influential figure in the development of Medan city. He was a wealthy banker and very generous and play a role in development of Medan city. He maintained the relationship to Deli Sultanate, Dutch East Indies Government and Chinese Empire. That why the residence of the Tjong A Fie become historical attractions in Medan opened in 2009 to public who are curious about him.
- Enjoy Culinary at Merdeka Walk
Merdeka Walk is a popular culinary center in Medan city. The places has a lot of food court ranging from local dishes, Chinese food, Asian Food, Indonesian Food and western Food. Merdeka Walk has also entertainment show such as live music, youth creativity events, raps and many other. Merdeka Walk is open every Sunday to Friday from 11.00 to the mid night and Saturday from 11.00 to 02.00. it’s always crowded especially at night.
- Visit Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni
Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni is an Indian-Mughal Style catholic church built on September 2001 and inaugurated on October 1st, 2005. The church is located on Sakura III Street No. 7, Taman Sakura Indah Housing Complex, Medan Tuntungan, Medan City, North Sumatra. The uniqueness of the church is the Indo-Mogul architecture. The building look like the Buddhist temple consist of two floors, the ground floor is for the worship place.
- Visit Maha Maitreya Temple
Maha Maitreya Temple is a largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia located in Cemara Asri Housing Complex No. 8, North Cemara Boulevard, Medan Estate. The temple was built in 1991 on the total area of 4.5 hectares and inaugurated on August 21st, 2008. Inside of the building there is a Buddha statue wrapped in the gold color and a huge wall carved Buddhist pictures and Buddha statue. In the left of the monastery is a statue of Dewi Kuan Yim. The temple building consists of three main buildings. The first building can accommodate about 1,500 people, the second building can accommodate about 2,500 people and the third building is for the meeting hall that can accommodate 2,000 people. Beside of the Buddhist worship place, Maha Vihara Maitreya is often used by the tourist as sightseeing spot to see more closely the grandeur of the temple.
- Visit Cranes Park
Cranes Park is the park where you can see a lot of cranes and many other animal such as pigeons, snakes and colorful fish around the park located close to Mahara Vihara Maitreya. This is maybe unusual sight in Medan, there are hundreds of cranes flying over the pool and perched on the trees.
- Dining at Café Raya Medan
Café Raya Medan is one of the best place in Medan to hang out or dining both in the afternoon and nights. If you want to find the cheap beers here is the right place. It offers delicious western and Indonesian food. The place is located on Sipisopiso Street, close to Grand Mosque, Medan City.
- Shopping at Cambridge Square
Cambridge City Square is a unique mall in Medan City. This place is modern and very comfortable with wide selection of the shop both local and international brands. The place is also perfect place for the culinary destination for the family gathering and business. Cambridge Square is also the business center which is close to every office buildings. The concept of the Cambridge is modern urban lifestyle with an area of the space offer the office space, mall, supermarket, gym, café & restaurants, condominium and the Swiss-Belhotel with 242 rooms. The Cambridge City Square is located on S. Parman No. 217, Central Petisah, Medan Petisah, Medan City, North Sumatra.
- Shopping at Medan Plaza Fair
Medan Plaza is the oldest second largest modern shopping mall in Medan located on Gatot Subroto No. 30 Medan City, North Sumatra. The Plaza has wide park area comprising 1,055 car lots and 1,300 motorbike lots. It has 407 tenants of various local and international brands. You will many kinds of things to buy here, ranging to fashion to electronic devices. In this place also has café and restaurant where you can grab a cup of coffee and delicious food.
- Shopping at Sun Plaza
Sun Plaza is an upscale shopping malls in the strategic place of Medan city, North Sumatra. Since it opened in 2004, it become popular tourist attractions in Medan that attract many visitor to visit. There are many international brands tenants are located in this mall. The mall has 6 floor and the top floor has a food area where you can find many local and international food.
- Visit Titi Gantung
Titi Gantung is the historical bridge during 18th century ago in Medan. This Dutch colonial heritage still stands until now and become the favorite place to relax. This bridge was made to connect the residential area with the Medeka Square. As the historical site, Titi Gantung Bridge has received its status as a cultural heritage in Medan.
- Shopping at Grand Palladium
Grand Palladium is a modern shopping mall that connected to Aryaduta Hotel and Pelita Harapan University. The mall has many outlets from various brands, it’s also complete with Hypermart, Cinema and other store. This Grand Palladium Mall is another alternative to find the fashion and the place for relax.
- Shopping at Plaza Millennium
Plaza Millennium is one of the first and the most complete mobile and computer wholesale center in Medan. In this mall you can find dozens of store of various mobile shop, accessories, laptops, computers, cameras and other electronic devices. Besides the mobile and electronic devices, this malls has also food court area where you can enjoy the local and western food.
- Visit Old Train
This Old Train is a transportation vehicle during Dutch colonial era in 1864. The purpose of the train was connecting the plantation area that was managed by the Dutch at that time. Nowadays this old train become the historical site and the location is close to Titi Gantung historical site.
- Visit Al Osmani Grand Mosque
Last things to do in Medan is visiting the Al Osmani Grand Mosque. Al Osmani Grand Mosque is the oldest mosque in Medan city built in 1854 by the Seventh King of Deli, Sultan Osman Perkasa Alam using the wood as the main materials. The mosque is the historical relics of Deli Sultanate in 19 Century located on Yos Sudarso Street Km. 17.5, Pekan Labuhan, Medan Labuhan District, Medan. The mosque later built permanently by the Son of Sultan Osman, the eight sultan of Deli Kingdom, Sultan Mahmud Perkasa Alam. The mosque become one of historical tourist attractions in Medan with rich of historical value. The mosque also known as Labuhan Mosque has similar color and architecture of Maimun Palace. Mostly the yellow color which is the color of the greatness of Malay Sultanate. The mosque has a blend architecture of Middle East buildings, India, Malay, Spain and China.