Medan attractions

Top Choice Museum in Medan

Museum of North Sumatra

Housed in a striking traditional building, this museum has a well-presented collection ranging from early North Sumatran civilisations and Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic periods to Dutch colonial-era and military histo…
Palace in Medan

Istana Maimoon

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. …
Historic Building in Medan

Tjong A Fie Mansion

The home of a famous Chinese merchant who died in 1921 – formerly the wealthiest resident of Medan – mixes opulent Victorian and Chinese styles. The original hand-painted ceilings, Tjong’s huge bedroom, imported dar…
Church in Medan

Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni

One for advocates of religious diversity and quirky architecture, this surreal Catholic church combines Hindu and Islamic architecture styles with a curved walking bridge leading up to its entrance. It's 8km southwe…
Mosque in Medan

Mesjid Raya

The impressive Grand Mosque was commissioned by the Sultan of Deli in 1906. The Moroccan-style building has a grand entrance, towering ceilings, ornate carvings, Italian marble and stained glass from China.
Hindu Temple in Medan

Sri Mariamman Temple

Dating to 1884, Medan's oldest Hindu temple has a classic Dravidian style typical of South India, with a storied tower adorned with ornamental deity reliefs. It's an atmospheric place with devotees coming here to pr…
Notable Building in Medan

Balai Kota

One of several fine examples of ornate Dutch colonial buildings found downtown is Medan's striking town hall, constructed in the early 1900s.