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.
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.
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" !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
The Toba Lake is one of the most famous spot in North Sumatera. Along the lake, there are many villages of the local people. They live from agriculture and fishing business. The North Sumateran people live could not separated from the lake itself.
Two hours from Medan. One of the common spot where visitor gather is Parapat. As we enter the area of Simalungun, we will catch the view of the lake, as we approach its beach. There are many hotels built along the Parapat area, as well as the souvenirs industry sell local things.
Just be careful if you are moslem, because many foods here contains pork.
The local Batak and many of the Indonesian Chinese are Christians.
There are many large impressive Roman Catholic and Protestant churches all over town.
The Immanuel Church was built in 1921. The Catholic Church started in 1871 and rebuilt in 1927.
Located right at Merdeka Square, in downtown is the Medan Train Station.
There is a wonderful old train engine on display for any train enthusiast. The train ticket counter are called "loket". On the other side of the pedestrian and bicycle and motorcycle bridge over the railway track.
The only problem is if you are walking across the road from Merdeka Square there is no pedestrian bridge or zebra crossing. Exercise caution when you cross the road even though it is a one way street.