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Five Great Examples of Architecture In Medan

Medan is the next largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bandung and field with diverse ethnic groups and minorities such as Chinese, Karo Batak, Southern Indians, Javanese, and more. The mix of different cultures means a different and colorful experience of cultures and mouth-watering dishes. There are plenty of cheap hotel deals when you start looking and make sure to go for one that fits tour preferences and the budget. Swiss BelInn Medan is already very pearl with the tourists for its amazing services and budget friendly deals.

Medan boasts of nice Art Déco buildings that belong to the Dutch colonial era. The architecture is amazing, and most of the buildings are able to maintain their old splendor. There are temples, palaces, and mosques from different eras and times.

Maimoon Palace

Maimoon Palace

Maimoon Palace is a famous landmark in Medan and serves as a museum today. The Palace was constructed by Sultan Ma’mun Al Rashid, and there are 30 rooms. It is a popular tourist destination because of its historical heritage status and unique interior design as well as architecture, where you can find different elements of Malay, Islamic and Indian architecture. The furniture and fittings are Spanish and Italian. Do not miss the chance to dress up like an Indonesian king and queen when here.

Vihara Borobudur


The well-known Buddhist Temple is situated at Hang Tuah Street and well connected to Teuku Cik Ditiro street and Sudirman street. When traveling to Medan, do not miss out on top attractions like Vihara Borobudur which is a marvel of design that covers an enormous area. There are more than 500 Buddha statues and more than with 2,600 relief panels. The architecture and stonework of the temple will simply leave you in wonder and amazement.

Mesjid Raya Mosque

Mesjid Raya Mosque was built in 1906 and was a part of the Maimun Palace complex.  It is very close to the Garuda Plaza Hotel and Yuki Simpang Raya mall. The architectural style of the octagonal shape mosque is a blend of Indian, Middle Eastern and Spanish elements.  The mosque is distributed into the main room, towers and has its wings in the east, north, south and west. There are glass-precious stained glass windows that reflect Islamic art.

Shri Mariamman

The Tamil Hindu Temple is the oldest temple of Hindus and was built in 1884 for worshipping Goddess Mariamman. Located near Medan’s Little India, the gates of the temple are decorated by gopuram, a storey tower that is commonly found near the gate of the Hindus temples. This temple six flocked by the devotees during the Thaipusam and Deepavali festival. Canteens inside the temple sell vegetarian food.

Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni


This is a Catholic church built in an Indo-Mogul style and is situated on Jalan Sakura III. The church, devoted to Mary has two stories, and there is a small tower of seven storeys. This is a unique church as one can find components of another religion in its architecture. The truth is that it does not look at all like the conventional church.


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