Most tourists that do fly into the city only stay for a night or two before they move onto their next destination. This gives travellers just a short time to experience the magnificent attractions of Medan. However, this has been the case for over a decade now.
For those visitors that decide to stay for a couple days, the following list of attractions will help guide your sightseeing experience around the city. Further information about the city can be found at almost any Medan hotel.
• The Grand Mosque is one of the most important buildings in the city of Medan. Being predominantly Muslim, the city’s main mosque is always busy with people. Both Muslims and non-Muslims will enjoy the beautiful architecture and stunning façade this significant structure has to offer. It was first built in 1906, using a Moroccan style architecture. Since then, the building has been one of extreme reverence within Medan.
• Another landmark within the city of Medan is the numerous colonial style houses and buildings that can be found throughout several streets of the city. With the Dutch controlling Medan for much of its modern history, there is still a wide colonial influence in the city, and this can be seen within the structures along Jl Ahmal Yani and Jl Palang Mareh. Of those still standing, a selection are still of significant importance within the city. However, there are numerous others that have long since been altered.
• If museums tickle a tourist’s fancy, then head straight to the informative and fascinating Bukit Barisan Military Museum in the heart of the city. Although the museum is not overly large, visitors will still find quite an exciting array of exhibitions within the Bukit Barisan Military Museum. Tourists can find information on World War Two, and witness the impact this horrible war had on the people of North Sumatra and Medan. In addition, the War of Independence has its own section within the museum, and so too does the Sumatran Rebellion of 1958.
• Probably the most renowned place in the city of Medan is the Maimoon Palace. The palace is a beautiful structure built for the Deli Sultanate, and was originally constructed in 1888. Since then, it hasn’t changed its structure too much, but the Sultan of Deli no longer has any control over the province and region of North Sumatra. It is important to remember that the palace isn’t entirely open for all to see. The main room, which houses the inauguration throne, is one of the only rooms visitors are allowed to enter. The Maimoon Palace has just received a small and quick renovation.
• One of the more modern religious buildings in Medan is the recently built Annai Velangkanni Catholic Shrine. It is already one of the most visited structures in Medan, and radiates a distinctive Tamil Hindu flavour to its façade and interior. It is devoted to Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni, and has already experienced a rapid growth in popularity since its construction. The shrine is located on Jl Sakura III, next to the Simatupang. What makes this structure so fascinating is the fact that it has a two storey main wing, and a seven story tower built adjacent to it.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Medan Hotel content.