Top Choice Museum in Banda Aceh

Tsunami Museum

A visit to this hard-hitting museum commences with a walk through a dark, dripping tunnel that symbolises the tsunami waves, with plaintive, terrified voices and the sound of rushing water all around you. This is fo…
Cemetery in Banda Aceh


The Kherkhof is the last resting place of more than 2000 Dutch and Indonesian soldiers who died fighting the Acehnese. The entrance is around 50m west of the Tsunami Museum. Tablets set into the walls by the entranc…
Mosque in Banda Aceh

Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman

With its brilliant-white walls, ebony-black domes and towering minaret, the 19th-century Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman is a dazzling sight. The best time to visit the mosque is during Friday afternoon prayers, when the e…
Museum in Banda Aceh

Museum Negeri Banda Aceh

The Museum Negeri Banda Aceh has displays of Acehnese weaponry, household furnishings, ceremonial costumes, everyday clothing, gold jewellery, calligraphy and some magnificently carved recong (Acehnese daggers) and …
Museum in Banda Aceh

Rumah Aceh

In the same compound as the Museum Negeri Banda Aceh is the Rumah Aceh, a fine example of traditional Acehnese architecture, built without nails and held together with cord and pegs. Inside is a typical traditional …
Historic Building in Banda Aceh


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. …
Historic Building in Banda Aceh

Governor’s House

Former governor’s house. Located in Pendopo.
Landmark in Banda Aceh

Clock Tower

Banda Aceh’s most prominent landmark.
Landmark in Banda Aceh

Water Tower

Striking piece of architecture.
Cemetery in Banda Aceh

Mass Graves

There are four mass graves around Banda Aceh where the dead in the province were buried, post-tsunami. The largest site is Lambaro, located on the road to the airport, where 46,000 unidentified bodies were buried. O…