Medan, The Largest City On The Island Of Sumatra

Medan is one of the many tourist destinations in Indonesia. It is the capital city of North Sumatra and the largest city in Sumatra. The city’s population is about 3 million people.

Medan, North Sumatra
Medan, North Sumatra (Source :

Some of the places of interest in Medan are Maimoon Palace, Mesjid Raya, Shri Mariamman Temple, Vihara Gunung Timur, Borobudur Temple, Medan Zoo, and Medan Swimming Pool. The Maimoon Palace, built in 1886 by the Sultan of Deli, is open to the public. The entrance fee is quite cheap. On Jalan Sisingamangaraja, not far from the Maimoon Palace, is Mesjid Raya, which was built in 1906. This mosque has an impressive dome of the Moorish style.

The Maimoon Palace, Medan
The Maimoon Palace, Medan (Source :

Located 10 minutes from the mosque is the Shri Mariamman Temple. This Hindu temple was built in 1884. About 500 meters south of Shri Mariamman Temple is a Taoist temple called Vihara Gunung Timur. This temple is said to be the largest Chinese temple in Indonesia. Borobudur Temple is a Buddhist temple and is located on Jalan Imam Bonjol.

Shri Mariamman Temple, Medan
Shri Mariamman Temple, Medan (Source :

If you need to relax, you can go to Paradiso Swimming Pool, located also on Jalan Sisingamangaraja and a long block down from Mesjid Raya. The swimming pool was expanded by the Dutch in 1939 and renovated by the Medan government in the early 1970’s. Entrance fee to the pool is Rp 6,000.

Paradiso Swimming Pool, Medan
Paradiso Swimming Pool, Medan (Source :

Medan Zoo is a fairly rundown zoo located 10 kilometers from the Medan city center. The zoo has on display 86 different species of animals including Orangutan, Sumatran tigers and elephants.

Medan Zoo
Medan Zoo (Source :

The airport of Medan is called Kualanamu International Airport which is located 26 kilometers from Medan’s city center. From the airport to the city center it costs Rp 150,000 by taxi. The airplane flight from Jakarta to Medan takes about 2 hours.

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