The impressive Grand Mosque was commissioned by the sultan in 1906. The Moroccan-style building has a grand entrance, towering ceilings,...
Tjong A Fie Mansion
The former house of a famous Chinese merchant who died in 1921 – formerly the wealthiest resident of Medan – mixes Victorian and Chinese...
Museum of North Sumatra
Housed in a striking traditional building, this museum has a well-presented collection ranging from early North Sumatran civilisations...
Royale Coffee Shop
The home of Medan’s latte art and award-winning baristas. Good for sampling blends from all over Sumatra.
Mie Tiong Sim Selat Panjang
This stall, on a street of food stalls, is locally (and justifiably) famous for its mie tiong sim (soft, handmade noodles topped with...
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Istana Maimoon information
The grand, 30-room Maimoon Palace was built by the sultan of Deli in 1888 and features Malay, Mughal and Italian influences. Only the main room, which features the lavish inauguration throne, is open to the public. Here you can check out a modest collection of ceremonial kerises and dress up in traditional Malay costume.
The back wing of the palace is occupied by members of the sultan’s family. The current sultan, Aria Mahmud Lamanjiji, was only eight years old when he was installed as the 14th Sultan of Deli in 2005, replacing his father, who died in a plane crash. He is the youngest sultan in Deli history. He currently resides in Sulawesi with his mother, and his role is purely ceremonial.
Traditional music performances take place at 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday and at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Note that punctuality isn’t the musicians’ strong point.