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    Tjong A. Fie Mansion

    by globetrott Updated May 18, 2009

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    Tjong A. Fie Mansion was the house of a rich chinese merchant and it is privately ownded nowadays. There were some restaurations going on and the gate was open, so we entered the building and I was able to take a few photos before we were thrown out by a friendly man who did not speak any english, but asked us to leave immediately. Well, no problem I had taken my photos already ;-)

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    the cemetery of the sultans

    by globetrott Written May 18, 2009

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    This cemetery is right behind the big mosque of Medan and there you will find a lot of old tombs of sultans and other noble people. Dont hesitate to walk there and you will find a lot of great photo-opportunities of unique and exotic inscriptions. The official city-tours will not go there, so I was lucky that we had organized this tour on our own.

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    The interior of Al Mashun mosque

    by globetrott Written May 18, 2009

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    The big mosque Al Mashun was partly under reconstruction inside but nevertheless we were able to take a look inside and walk around on our own after we had gotten some brief informations by our local tourguide. Dont hesitate to take photos, nobody will mind it and dont miss to take a look out of the back-door, because there will be the cemetery, read more about it in my next tip !

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    The big mosque Al Mashun

    by globetrott Updated May 18, 2009

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    The big mosque of Medan is one of the major sights of the city and you will be able to see it almost free of charge and without any restrictions except that you have to take off your shoes, when entering the mosque and there might be someone at the main entrance, asking you for a donation, 1-2 US$ is certainly enough.
    Of course you have to take off your shoes, when entering the Mosque and i was glad to learn tat Photography is no problem at all even inside of the mosque.

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    The throne of the Sultan

    by globetrott Written May 18, 2009

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    This is the throne of the Sultan in the largest hall of the building and it is the only part of the furniture, where you cannot walk closely, but at least there are absolutely no restrictions regarding photography and video. You will even have the opportunity to dress like the Sultan and his wife and let a photograph beeing taken in front of the throne. Just take one of the many costumes that you will find in the back of the house, get dressed and walk through the palace like you would be the Sultan.

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    Maimoon-palace / The Sultan`s palace

    by globetrott Updated May 18, 2009

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    Maimoon-palace / The Sultan`s palace in Medan
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    Maimoon-palace / The Sultan`s palace is certainly the most important sight in Medan, for tourists as well as for local people. You will find it close to the big mosque inside a large park (my 2nd photo). Your taxi will drive with you into that park and in order to see the palace, you have to fill in your name at the reception-desk and give a small donation, 1-2 US $ is fine and you will be able to walk around on your own.
    10-20 minutes inside the palace will be enough, except that you would like to get dressed like a sultan in order to take photos - read more about it in my "local customs-tips" !

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    SIPISO PISO WATERFALL

    by ancient_traveler Written May 8, 2009

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    This is a narrow waterfall in Karo highland; falling from a great height into a gorge is situated 24 km from Kabanjahe, to the north of Lake Toba. This area is famed for its beautiful landscape, including this 360 foot-high waterfall. This fact earns it the title for the highest waterfall in Indonesia. Sipisopiso is a well-known tourist attraction and a nearby vantage point offers great vistas of the fall and the lake.

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    SAMOSIR: KING SIDABUTAR'S TOMBS

    by ancient_traveler Written May 8, 2009

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    Sidabutar is the ancient ruling clan in the Batak village of Tomok on Samosir Island, in Lake Toba. Indeed, the sarcophagi of the ruling Sidabutar clan are the main attraction at Tomok.

    An on-site guide is available to explain the significance and meaning of the tomb, and tourists are brought to view the sarcophagi in batches. We were provided a sash to wear, perhaps a mark of respect, as we had to return it after the visit.

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    SAMOSIR ISLAND

    by ancient_traveler Written May 8, 2009

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    Samosir, or Pulau Samosir, is a large volcanic island in Lake Toba. Lake Toba is located in the north of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

    The island is actually linked to the mainland of Sumatra on its western part by a narrow land connecting the town of Pangururan on Samosir and Tele on the mainland Sumatra. Parapat is connected to Tomok and Tuk Tuk on the Samosir Island by boat/ferry that run every 1-2 hours.

    The tourist resorts are concentrated in the Tuktuk area. The island is the centre of the Batak culture and many of this people's artifacts remain on the island. Tuk Tuk is the main town to stay on Samosir. Please take note that there is no ATM machine on Samosir Island, be sure to get enough cash at Parapat before crossing the lake to the island.

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    ANNAI VELANKANNI CHURCH

    by ancient_traveler Written May 8, 2009

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    The Mary Annai Velankanni Church, situated in Tanjung Selamat. The Graha Maria Annai Velankanni (or Our Lady of Good Health) is a symbolically beautiful church, with statues and ceiling paintings that depicts a somewhat unusual look for a typical church.

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    SRI MARIAMMAN

    by ancient_traveler Updated May 8, 2009

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    Sri Mariaman Temple is a Hindu temple in Medan. It carries the distinction of being the oldest Hindu temple in the whole of Sumatra. It was constructed in 1884 by Medan's sizable South Indian community.

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    MASJID RAYA

    by ancient_traveler Written May 8, 2009

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    Masjid Raya

    This Great mosque (Masjid Raya) was one of the Sultan Deli legacies in North Sumatra other than the Maimoon Palace. This mosque was still utilized by the Muslim community to pray every day. Some of the building materials for this mosque decoration were made in Italy. Foreign tourists visit this mosque from various countries all over the World. This Great mosque is the most beautiful and biggest mosque in North Sumatra.

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    TJONG A FIE MANSION

    by ancient_traveler Written May 8, 2009

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    Discover on the ancients on the house where they have various old traditional pain.

    Tjong A Fie - a Hakka enterpreneur and one of the founding fathers of Medan - came from Canton in 1875 and made his fortune in the plantation industry together with his brother, Tjong Yong Hian. He built up good connection with the Sultan of Deli and the Dutch planters and was appointed as 'Majoor der Chineezen' or the Chinese community leader. He was a famous philanthropist which became one of the founders of the Colonial Institute (the present Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen or the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam). His house in Kesawan was completed in 1900, a hybrid Chinese - European - Art Deco court-yard house. The design of this house is very similar to his relative's mansion in Penang, a more famous tycoon Cheong Fatt Tze. He initiated the opening of the railroad to connect Medan with the port of Belawan which later became "Deli Spoorweg Maatschappij" (Deli Railroad Company). In 1913 Tjong A Fie donated the bell tower for the old City Hall building.

    http://medan.m-heritage.org/about_medan/

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    ISTANA MAIMOON

    by ancient_traveler Written May 8, 2009

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    Maimoon Palace (Istana Maimoon) is a famous landmark in Medan.

    Maimoon Palace was built by the Sultan of Deli, Sultan Makmun Al Rasyid Perkasa Alamsyah.

    The Palace has become a tourist destination not solely because of age but also because of the unique interior design of the palace, mixing elements of Malayan cultural heritage, Islam, Spanish, Indian, and Italian style. The Balairung Sri, or reception hall, carries elements of Mughal and Malay traditional styles.

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    Jl.SISINGAMANGARAJA a way to LAKE TOBA

    by meiyergani Updated Oct 1, 2008
    Mesjid Al-Mashun-Jl.Sisingamangaraja Medan

    Jl.Sisingamangaraja is the street lane justSoutern of Mesjid Al-MASHUN, There are so many Travel Agent along this street which will deliver the attendants to Southern Region of North Sumatra Province, like Serdang Bedagai, Deli Serdang, Simalungun, an awesome of LAKE TOBA, Balige, Tarutung, Sibolga.
    Just explore Sisingamangaraja street at the same lane of Masjid Al Mashun, you could find the travel agent which manage the land transportation to the towns stated aboves and of course you could find a travel agent which arrange to a popular tourist destination "LAKE TOBA"

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