Medan : The Pearl of Sumatra Island

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Medan is located in the north of Sumatra Island and its northern capital. The City of Medan is the third largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya, and it is the largest city outside Java Island. The city has a population of over 2 million. This city is known for its multi-ethnic due to its Indian, Chinese, and Malawian citizens. The city is famous for its great food and variety of restaurants. It is also famous for selling fresh goat milk and exporting it to all Indonesian cities. In terms of tourism, Medan has many tourist attractions that make the city one of the popular places to visit in Indonesia.

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Medan : The Pearl of Sumatra Island:table of contents

1. Masjid Raya Al Mashun

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Masjid Raya Al Mashun is one of the most important tourist attractions in the city of Medan. A large number of Muslims come to this mosque because of its historical and religious value and its unique architectural style. The Masjid Raya Al Mashun is also called the Grand Mosque. It was built at the beginning of the twentieth century in 1906 and completed in 1909. It was built by Sultan Mamoun al-Rashid Barakasa with a cost of one million gold pieces. The structure of the mosque dates back to Andalusia architectural style. The Mosque includes a place of ablutions, main gates, towers, and rooms of prayer.

2. Tjong A Fie Mansion

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The Tjong A Fie Mansion is a palace of a number of historical, local and cultural figures that accompanied the city. It consists of two floors and is now used as a museum. The Tjong A Fie Mansion is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Medan due to its wonderful construction dates back to Victorian and Chinese style. The construction of the Mansion was completed in 1900 and built by a Hakka merchant whose name was Tjong A Fie, so the mansion named after him.

3. Istana Maimoon

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Istana Maimoon is one of the largest historical landmarks in Medan. It was built in 1988 by Maimon Sultan who died on September 9, 1924. The building has an area of 2722 square meters and it consists of 30 rooms. The building includes a unique collection of designs of Islamic, Malay, Spanish, Indian, and Italian cultural heritage. It is composed of two floors divided into three parts. In addition, there is a special room for the coronation of the Sultan. You can see some of the European heritage in the pillars and the floor of the building and the Islamic heritage represented in the ceiling of the building.

4. North Sumatra Museum

The North Sumatra Museum is one of the tourist destinations in the city of Medan. The museum was established in 1982 by Ministry of Education and Culture. The museum is considered the largest museum in North Sumatra including a large number of crafts and cultural heritage of Indonesia. The museum has a collection of 6,799 artworks that date back to Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic civilizations that settled in the city. Thus, if you are one of the art lovers, you will enjoy seeing the culture of Indonesia represented in this Museum.

5. Taman Buaya Asam Kumbang

The Taman Buaya Asam Kumbang is the largest reptile park in Indonesia with over 2,400 species of reptiles. The Park was built in 1959. There are a number of crocodiles collected from more than one place where there is an artificial lake where crocodiles are fed by the healer. The Taman Buaya Asam Kumbang is one of the most important tourist attractions in Medan. If you love seeing different kinds of reptiles, this place is the best one to enjoy watching these creatures in a delightful atmosphere.

6. Hill Park Sibolangit

Hill Park Sibolangit is one of the most beautiful parks in the city of Medan. The park is suitable for children and families. The Hill Park Sibolangit is a very special place for entertainment and special events, and it offers the best entertainment and electronic games. The park contains six sections: the lost City, the Heritage section, the Toon Town, the Adventure Land, the Camelot Hall, and the Camelot Indoor Games. As you visit the Hill Park Sibolangit, you will enjoy its attractive and wonderful atmosphere and you will have a chance to capture unforgettable photos.

7. Kampung Keling

Kampung Keling (also called Madras) is the name for an area of about 10 hectares in Medan, Indonesia that once had a large Indian community. This area has the oldest Hindu temple in Medan, Sri Mariamman Temple and the largest temple in Medan, Vihara Gunung Timur. In addition, there is also a Khalsa School (Sikh School, now Khalsa English School), which was once the only school for learning English in Medan. The area was originally called "Patisah", but later changed the name to "Kampung Madras" to reflect the land of the Indian descendants residing there. The name "Kampung Madras" turned out to be unpopular and vice versa the term "Kampung Keling" was used.

8. Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni

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The Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni is a church built in the form of Buddhist and Hindu temples. It was built on a fairy tale that the Virgin Mary appeared to a child. Both the Portuguese and the Indians built the temple in the place where they appeared and sanctified the place. The building is considered one of the most popular places for pilgrimage in the Asian continent.

9. Maha Vihara Maitreya

The Maha Vihara Maitreya is a Buddhist temple located in the city of Medan and is considered the largest temple for Buddhism in Indonesia. The temple has an area of 4.5 hectares and was established in 2008. The purpose of establishing this temple was to build a place of worship for Buddhists who live in the city of Medan. However, the temple became one of the tourist destinations in Medan due to its attractive architecture.

10. Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery

The Rahmat Gallery and Museum is a natural museum located in the city of Medan. The museum houses differ kinds of animals from the smallest to the largest animals. The establishment of the museum was completed in 2007 in an area of 2970 m². The museum has over 2000 species brought from different countries around the world. Thus, if you love animals, the best place to visit in Medan is the Rahmat Gallery and Museum.

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Due to its wonderful tourist attractions, Medan has a number of tourists all over the year. The city of Medan is located in the humid tropical areas, so it is suitable for tourists all over the year. Thus, if you have decided to visit Medan, you have come with a great idea to enjoy yourself seeing its wonderful attractions.