Museum of North Sumatra
The impressive Grand Mosque was commissioned by the sultan in 1906. The Moroccan-style building has a grand entrance, towering ceilings,...
The grand, 30-room Maimoon Palace was built by the sultan of Deli in 1888 and features Malay, Mughal and Italian influences. Only the...
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...
Royale Coffee Shop
The home of Medan’s latte art and award-winning baristas. Good for sampling blends from all over Sumatra.
The main fruit market is a profusion of colour and smells, and has an impressive selection of local and imported tropical fruit. It’s...
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Museum of North Sumatra information
Housed in a striking traditional building, this museum has a well-presented collection ranging from early North Sumatran civilisations to Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic periods to Dutch colonial-era and military history. There are also sections devoted to traditional occupations such as fishing and farming. Highlights include fine stone carvings and extravagantly carved wooden dragon coffins from Nias, Batak scrolls for fending off misfortune, fine textiles and a keris (ornamental dagger) collection. It’s a short way east of the centre.