What to do and see in Medan, Indonesia: The Best Places and Tips

August 5, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Medan (Jawi: ميدن, Batak: ᯔᯮᯑ᯲, Chinese: 棉蘭, Tamil: மேடான், Indonesian pronunciation: [meˈdan]); is the capital of North Sumatra province in Indonesia. Located along the northeastern coast of Sumatra island, Medan is the fourth biggest city by population in Indonesia, behind Jakarta, Surabaya and Bandung. With 2,097,610 inhabitants at the 2010 census, Medan remains the largest settlement outside Java island and enjoys a diversity of multicultural peoples. Bordered by the Strait of Malacca, Medan is a busy trading city around the island as located near the strait which is one of the most important shipping lanes in the world. Medan is the gateway to the western part of Indonesia, accessible via the Port of Belawan and Kuala Namu International Airport, stated the city as the third largest city in the country by economy after Jakarta and Surabaya, this city economy is linked well with Malaysian cities (especially Penang and Kuala Lumpur) and Singapore by trade, service and natural resource exchanges. Both the seaport and the airport are connected to the city center via toll road and railway. Medan also became the first city in Indonesia to have an airport supported with train service.
Restaurants in Medan

Jl. Stasiun no. 1, Medan 20231, Indonesia +62 61 4561331
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Airport Railink Services

We Are First and Biggest Airport Train Services in Indonesia. We provide a smart chocice and convinient tarnsport to the City trough Exclusive Railway

Reviewed By arieflaksono - Jakarta, Indonesia

Tried this airport trains from Medan to Kualanamu on the way back Jakata. Surprisingly it is fast, easy and hassle free 30 minutes train ride. Recommended. Will use this again rather than stuck 1,5 hours in traffic.

2. Marian Shrine of Annai Velangkanni

Jl. Sakura III no. 10 Tanjung Selamat, Medan, Indonesia +62 8163141172
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4.5 based on 195 reviews

Marian Shrine of Annai Velangkanni

Reviewed By Junita C

Medan has 2 inculturation church. One is in the city's suburb, the other is in Berastagi which needs to drive around 3 hours to reach there. This annai velangkani church is indian tamil inculturation. The other one is Bataknese (local) inculturation.
Annai velangkani holds misa in Bahasa Indonesia, Tamil, and also English.
It has a store downstair which you can buy Rosario, cloth, etc. You can refill your bottle with holy water from the tap on the back.

3. Tjong A Fie's Mansion

Jl. Jend. A. Yani no. 105, Medan 20111, Indonesia +62 813 6120 3998
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4 based on 465 reviews

Tjong A Fie's Mansion

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Many original objects show living style of probably most important Chinese man in history of Medan.
All signs are also in English so it’s easy to go through exhibition by yourself. And all rooms are accessible including kitchen and toilets.
You will easily spend an hour wandering around. It’s also much less crowded than Maimun. Definitely worth 35000.

4. Maha Vihara Maitreya Cemara Asri

Jl. Kolonel Bejo, Medan 20731, Indonesia
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

Maha Vihara Maitreya Cemara Asri

Reviewed By HagueKing

This Buddha temple is majestic in its size as it is in experience. The tour is great, incl the happiness coffee in the cafe. Brewed especially for you. I visited at the afternoon of the Starbucks shooting in Jakarta in January and engaged in interesting discussions about the Buddhist way to deal with evil in the world. The visit truly inspired me and still does. Highly recommend a visit.. The level of inspiration depends of course on each individual state of mind and set of believes.

5. Brastagi Highland

Medan, Indonesia
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4 based on 132 reviews

Brastagi Highland

Reviewed By Hubert G - Tongeren, Belgium

We drove over the Highland without making a stop . On the other hand we've made a stop in Berastagi itself where we walked over a small Marketplace with tons of fruit and vegetables . Attraction apparently was a ride on ( wild ? ) horses with young men almost excited as the horses were. Not to recommend , unless you're a seasoned equestrian !

6. Medan Grand Mosque

Medan 20218, Indonesia
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4 based on 429 reviews

Medan Grand Mosque

Reviewed By Spooky388 - Weymouth, United Kingdom

Fascinating building. Be aware that you'll need to cover up (clothing available to hire) especially women. Shorts not acceptable for men. Guides will show you around for a fee. Avoid prayer times. A visit probably won't fill more than an hour or so.

7. Center Point Mall

Jl. Timor Blok H no. 1, Medan 20231, Indonesia +62 61 80510533
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4 based on 106 reviews

Center Point Mall

Reviewed By Kavitha B

A huge shopping mall with lots of branded shops and restaurants (similar to Singapore). We watched The Mummy movie at the Cinema XXI. Good experience. There was a Lottemart at the basement of the mall.

8. Maha Vihara Maitreya

Jl. Cemara Boulevard Utara no. 8 | Kompleks Cemara Asri, Medan 20371, Indonesia
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Maha Vihara Maitreya

Reviewed By Simson S

Actually we asked our tuk tuk driver to bring us to Vihara Gunung Timur, but he brought us to this Maha Vihara Buddhist temple. We were happy to see this place. Its very big and can accommodate few thousands devotees in one prayer session. The temple environment is very calm and peaceful. Cannot capture photoa inside the alter. So just follow the rules. Dress appropriately.

Jln. S. Parman No. 309, Medan 20153, Indonesia +62 61 4569964
Excellent
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4 based on 74 reviews

Rahmat International Wildlife Museum & Gallery

Reviewed By Frank v - Medellin, Colombia

It's expensive 150.000 Idr but you get a free english speeking guide. There are over 2000 animals most of them killed by the ohwner. They have copied good wild live situations. Only the transcriptions are not allways writh. Piquins from Europe?

10. Maimun Palace

Jl. Katamso, Medan, Indonesia
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3.5 based on 622 reviews

Maimun Palace

Reviewed By chew eng o - Singapore, Singapore

ISTANA MAIMUN, MEDAN, SUMATRA, Indonesia
Jl. Brigjend Katamso (Sukaraja), Medan,
We were enroute to the Medan International Airport from our tour of Lake Toba and as we had a few hours to kill we decided to visit Maimun Palace or Istana Maimun as the locals called it. The once royal palace of the Sultanate of Deli is now a museum. It historical status and unique design makes it a well-known landmark in Medan visited by tourists and popular with the locals as well.
Designed by a Dutch architect, built by the Sultan Ma’mun and completed in 1898, the palace covers 2,772 square meters and has 30 rooms. The palace has a combine elements of Islamic and Indian architecture and Malay cultural heritage. We can see furniture and fittings from Europe giving it an international taste.
You can easily navigate around the place however a guide will provide you with more insights and point out the important places for you to take pictures or take pictures of you. You can even rent traditional clothes and have your pictures taken with the historical environment.
Open from 8AM to 5PM there is no entrance fee, however tourists are expected to give a voluntary donation.

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