Top 5 places to visit in Medan, Indonesia

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1. Grand Mosque of Medan

  Grand Mosque of Medan or Masjid Raya Al-Mashun is a mosque located in Medan, Indonesia. The mosque was built in the year 1906 and completed in 1909. In beginning of its establishment, the mosque was a part of the Maimun palace complex. Its architectural style combines Middle Eastern, Indian and Spanish elements. The mosque has an octagonal shape and has wings to the south, east, north and west.


2. Istana Maimun

  Maimoon Palace or Maimun Palace (Indonesian: Istana Maimun) is an istana (royal palace) of the Sultanate of Deli and a well-known landmark in Medan, the capital city of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Today, it serves as a museum. Built by Sultan Ma’mun Al Rashid Perkasa Alamyah in years 1887–1891, the palace was designed by the Dutch architect Theodoor van Erp and covers 2,772 m2 with a total of 30 rooms. The Palace has become a popular tourist destination in the city, not solely because of its historical heritage status, but also because of its unique interior design of the palace, combining elements of Malay cultural heritage, Islamic and Indian architecture, with Spanishand Italian furniture and fittings.



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3. Tjong A Fie Mansion

  A picturesque mansion, this is one of the best vestiges of history Medan has to offer. Tjong A Fie was a Chinese businessman who built the mansion for his wife and was their residence until his death in 1921. Called “a historical jewel in Medan”, the Tjong A Fie Mansion is registered historical landmark as well as a cultural heritage building and museum. The Mansion has Chinese, Malay and Victorian influences in its architecture style. The structure was built observing feng-shui principles. This remains, to this day, one of the best places for photography and culturally aware tourists.


4. Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni

  The magnificent Marian Shrine of Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni is dedicated to the Blessed Mother Mary who is known in India as Annai Velangkanni Arokia Matha (Our Lady of Good Health). Graha means home or sanctuary or shrine in Sanskrit. Built in 2005, it is located on the outskirts of the city of Medan in the North Sumatra province of Indonesia.

5. State Museum of North Sumatra

The North Sumatra Museum or locally known as Northern Sumatra Museum, is a state-owned museum located along H.M Jhoni Street, Medan, Indonesia. This museum is the largest museum in North Sumatra and includes a variety of cultural heritage of Indonesia, as well as art and crafts from various ethnic groups in North Sumatra.


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