Medan Travel Guide


Medan, an introduction


Horas!! That's the typical greeting of medan. This greeting is usually said loudly by people of Medan, the capital of Sumatera Utara Province. Medan is rich of many cultures as several several ethnic groups live here. The most prominent is the Batak tribe.

Medan History

Medan was a name of a village settled by Guru Patimpus Sembiring Pelawi in 1590 and located in Tanah Deli. The strategic location between 2 rivers, Deli and Babura, made the village becoming one busiest trading route and developed significantly. In 1641, Netherlands came to Deli led by Arent Patter. At first they came to Deli with the intention to take some slaves, but later the relationship between Netherlands and Deli was about mangrove plantation.

Medan on the map

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things to see

Things to see

There's a kasultanan palace in Medan named Maimun Palace which is also Kesultanan Deli. This palace has beutiful interior design the blend of Islam and Europe styles. Medan also has crocodile conservation named Buaya Asam Kumbang Park which is the biggest in Indonesia. You can see kinds of crocodile lived and breeded here.

things to do

Things to do

Medan is known well with the durian. There's even a specifis spot to shop durian of Medan. When you're in Medan, you must visit that spot. Ucok Durian is one main spots in Medan City. You will taste duran without any disappointment. After satisfied enjoying durian, you can go to Merdeka Walk, the most favorite place for youngsters to hang out. You can find various culinary you can find at Merdeka Walk. The most interesting place is the icon of Medan City, Lake Toba. You can do swimming, hiking and exploring Samosir Island located at the centre of the lake.

things to eat

Things to eat

Have you ever heard bika ambon cake? There are many people think that this cake is originally from Ambon City. In fact, this cake is originally from Medan City and one of favorite gifts for tourists. Try also lontong medan. There are 2 kinds of lontong medan, lontong sayur (vegetable) and lontong pecel (vegetable with nut spice). One typical beverage in Medan is teh susu telor (egg-milk tea). This beverage is suitable to get your body warmer at night.

Things to see and do near Medan

Airport at Medan

Medan is served by the Kuala Namu International Airport.

The new Kuala Namu Airport of Medan replaces the old Polonia Airport and is located about 39 km from Medan city center. It was official opened on July 25, 2013 and is built on an area of approximately 1,300 acres which made it the second largest airport in land use in Indonesia after Soekarno Hatta Airport and will be the fourth busiest airport in Indonesia after Jakarta, Denpasar and Surabaya.

The international airport has a modern building design with a variety of modern facilities. Airport name is taken from the word “Kuala” and “Namu”. Kuala is a Malay word which refers to the place where rivers enter the sea. The word “Namu” is derived from the word “Namo” from the Karo language means heart. Combined Kuala Namu means Meeting Place. This name is also consistent with the location as it is nearby water (the Malacca Strait) and beaches.

Entering the city from the airport

Kuala Namu airport has a train station that connects it to downtown Medan, the one-way fee is Rp 80,000 per person and it takes about 30 minutes.

Damri Busses to several destinations in Medan start at Rp 10,000.

Airport taxis charge about Rp. 145,000 for the one hour ride in Medan.