Banda Aceh’s most prominent landmark.
A visit to this hard-hitting museum commences with a walk through a dark, dripping tunnel that symbolises the tsunami waves, with...
The Kherkhof is the last resting place of more than 2000 Dutch and Indonesian soldiers who died fighting the Acehnese. The entrance is...
Think bright lights, a shiny canteen and uniformed waiters piling endless plates of sublime masakan minang (basically the same as...
Jl Teuku Umar · interesting places nearby
All that remains of Aceh’s powerful sultanates today is on view at Gunongan. Built by Sultan Iskandar Muda (1607–36) as a gift for his Malay princess wife, it was intended as a private playground and bathing place. The building consists of a series of frosty peaks with narrow stairways and a walkway leading to ridges, which represent the hills of the princess’ native land. Ask around for someone to unlock the gate for you.
Directly across from the Gunongan is a low vaulted gate, in the traditional Pintu Aceh style, which provided access to the sultan’s palace – supposedly for the use of royalty only.