is the capital of North Sumatra Province, a trading center and important
harbor. Once part of the Deli Sultanate, the Mesjid Besar (Grand Mosque)
and the Palace of the Sultan of Deli have been restored there past
grandeur. Medanís harbor, Belawan, is the sea link to Penang, Malaysia.
Regular flights to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Amsterdam, Vienna,
and Jakarta arc available, as well as destinations in Sumatra.
The Capital of North Sumatera Province and the largest city in Sumatera
with a population around 2 million. Many travellers stay around the
Grand Mosque, or Mesjid Raya where there are a number of budget hotels
as well as star rated ones. The Mosque, one of Indonesia's largest,
was built in 1906 in the Moorish style. Remember if you want to look
inside to dress respectfully, no shorts or bare shoulders, take your
shoes off before you enter (and make sure your feet are clean!) Medan
does not get very good write ups in some guide books, but it can be
a fun place, it has bars with live music, disco's, cinema etc, and
about 300 Ex Pats have chosen to live here. If you are here for a
few days it can be worth visiting:
Palace: Built in 1886. Open to the pthlic. The Palace, Grand Mosque,
and Taman Sri Deli (currently closed) are historically all part
of the same complex.
Military Museum: Lots of old canons and guns, including weapons
used in the War of independence. Also paintings depicting struggles
against the Dutch. Zainil Arafin St. Much more interesting than
The Library: An excellent collection of reference books and novels,
including many classics in English. Touists can join, taking two
books for a deposit of Rp 25.000. Definitely worth a visit if you
are in Medan for a few days.
The Museum of North Sumatera. 51 Jl. H. M. Jon, established 18 years
ago to present and preserve the natural and cultural history of
North Sumatera's ethnic groupss. It has exhibits that date from
the stone age to the merely antique.
The Crocodile Farm is the largest in Indonesia, With about 2,000
crocs of various species. Asam Kubang Village. Open 9.00 am to 5.00
pm, 10 km from city centre.
The Zoo. Three hectares full of animals. Traditional shows on Sundays.
but both the zoo and the crocodile farm are not likely to appeal
to most westerners.
Should you need one, there is a good, reasonably priced hospital
(Rumah sakit) in Medan, The Saint Elisabeth Hospital, 7 JI Haji
Misbah Tel. ( 061) 545158 or 544164, and there is a 'Special Clinic"
- the Matena klinik, Jalan Teuku Umar, Kampung Keling, Medan. 24
Hour testing and treatment for men
and women. One Hour Analysis.