Attractions

Top Choice Mosque in Banda Aceh

Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman

With its brilliant-white walls, ebony-black domes and towering minaret, this 19th-century mosque is a dazzling sight. The best time to visit is during Friday-afternoon prayers, when the entire building and courtyard…
Top Choice Museum in Banda Aceh

Tsunami Museum

A visit to this beautifully designed, hard-hitting museum commences with a walk through a dark, dripping tunnel that symbolises the tsunami waves. This is followed by a powerful set of images of the devastation proj…
Museum in Banda Aceh

Rumah Aceh

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

Museum Negeri Banda Aceh

The state museum displays Acehnese weaponry, household furnishings, ceremonial costumes, everyday clothing, gold jewellery, calligraphy and some magnificently carved recong (Acehnese daggers) and swords. In the same…
Memorial in Banda Aceh

Lampulo Boat

The most famous of the tsunami sights is the fishing boat resting on the house in Lampulo village, about 2km north of the city and 1km from where it was docked. It's said that 59 villagers survived the tsunami by cl…
Memorial in Banda Aceh

PLTD Apung I

PLTD Apung I is the 2500-tonne power-generator vessel that was carried almost 5km inland by the 2004 tsunami wave. It's now preserved as a memorial about 2km southwest of the city centre.
Historic Building in Banda Aceh

Gunongan

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. …
Cemetery in Banda Aceh

Kherkhof

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…
Cemetery in Banda Aceh

Lambaro Mass Graves

The largest of the tsunami mass graves is at Lambaro (also called Siron), on the road to the airport, where 46,000 unidentified bodies were buried.
Cemetery in Banda Aceh

Meuraxa Mass Grave

Near Uleh-leh port, this is the most easily accessible of the tsunami mass graves.