Medan, the capital of North Sumatra, is among the largest cities in Indonesia and known for its broad selection of food. The town also offers distinctive tourist spots. These are five sites to visit on your trip to Medan.
- Maimun Palace
Constructed by an architect throughout the rule of Sultan Deli Makmun Al Rasyid at 1888, the two-story palace is an icon of Medan. Located on Jl. Brigjen Katamso, the palace contains 30 rooms and spans 2,772 sq meters.
The interior design is an attractive mix of Malay, Persian, Indian, and Italian elements. Visitors are permitted to take pictures around the palace, as well as to spend some time to look at aspects of Dutch heritage and Sultan Deli.
- Tjong A Fie Mansion
Tjong A Fie Mansion is a heritage building that once a house to the Tjong A Fie, the first millionaire in Sumatra. The architecture is a blend of Malay, Chinese, and art deco design. Located on Jl. Ahmad Yani, the mansion was built in 1895 on an area of 8,000 sq meters and homes dozens of chambers. Adhering to feng shui principles, the rooms are on either side of the building and surround a large courtyard.
- Asam Kumbang Crocodile Park
Based at the village of Asam Kumabang around 5 km from Medan, the park is home to over 2,000 saltwater crocodiles. It’s recognized as the biggest reptile park in Indonesia. Visitors are permitted to feed the crocodiles as well as take pictures with them.
- Merdeka Walk
Initiated from the Medan administration in 2005, it is the town’s culinary center on an area of 6,600 sq meters near the Merdeka Field. The place is open from 11 am until midnight. Food stands are arranged surrounding the dining room, with around 700 seats out there. Enjoy the trademark dishes of Medan, like durian pancake or nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf), while listening to live music.
- Battle Museum
In the Battle Museum on Jl. Zainul Arifin, visitors can find historical artifacts of the army and civilian life. They include guns, uniforms and medical supplies worn in the 1958 warfare of Indonesia against a separatist movement.