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Jakarta Post

Medan offers historical and religious tourist sites

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Tue, April 1, 2014   /  10:25 am

Medan, the third largest city in Indonesia, is home to numerous tourist attractions frequented by domestic and foreign visitors, including historical and religious sites and natural resorts. Below is a list of tourist sites in and around Medan city, North Sumatra.

Maimun Palace

The Maimun Palace was built during the rule of Sultan Deli Makmun Al Rasyid in 1888 by an Italian architect. The two-story Maimun Palace spans 2,772 square meters and includes 30 rooms. The palace is one of the more popular tourist attractions in Medan, not only due to its history but also for its very unique interior design. Its interior design is a blend of Malay, Islamic, Spanish, Indian and Italian cultural elements.

The palace is located in the heart of the city on Jl. Brig. Jen. Katamso, which has various modes of public transportation such as angkot (public minivans), motorized pedicabs and taxis for visitors to choose from. In addition, many restaurants and shops can be found around the palace.

Visitors are free to take pictures in and around the palace and can also rent traditional Malay attire to pose in photographs.

Lake Linting

Lake Linting is a unique freshwater lake near Medan, which is surrounded by boulders and features water that appears both blue and green when viewed from a distance.

The lake is located in Sibunga-Bunga Hilir village in STM Hulu district, Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra. The lake has a mystical feel that is complemented by the large trees that offer plenty of cool shade for visitors to relax and escape the harsh heat of urban areas.

Sipiso-Piso Tongging Waterfall

The Sipiso-Piso Tongging Waterfall is situated in Karo regency, or around 135 kilometers from Medan. The waterfall is around 120 meters high and located close to Mount Sipiso-Piso, leading to its name the Sipiso-Piso Tongging Waterfall.

The landscape and natural features of the surrounding area makes for a pleasant viewing experience. It close to the shore of Lake Toba.

Visitors must go down a twisting stairway consisting of around 1,000 steps for half an hour to reach the bottom of the waterfall.

Bukit Lawang

Bukit Lawang is one of the natural tourist resorts in Langkat regency, North Sumatra, located around 80 kilometers from Medan.

The Bukit Lawang resort area is located within the Gunung Leuser National Park, and is famous for its healthy population of orangutans. Foreign tourists like to visit the area because they can observe the animals in their natural habitat. The crystal-clear Bohorok River runs through resort and has a long bridge running over it for visitors to use as a vantage point to observe the forests and rural areas around Bukit Lawang.

Tjong A Fie Mansion

The Tjong A Fie mansion is a heritage building that was once home to the Tjong A Fie family. The building, a blend of Chinese, Malay and European architecture, was built by a Hokkien merchant named Tjong A Fie in 1990.

Here, visitors can learn about their family history, study the fusion of Malay and Chinese cultural and historical relics, such as paintings and household items. It is located in the heart of Medan on Jl. Ahmad Yani in Kesawan.

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