The capital of North of Sumatra and the third largest city of Indonesia, Medan, is where one can notice the perfect blend of quite a few ethnic groups and cultures. Medan has a very important harbour from where one can go to Penang, Malaysia very easily. Medan has a large population and it is a very exotic spot to be visited especially if one loves flora and fauna and is the gateway to Bukit Lawang or Lake Toba.
There are two main seasons over here – the wet and the dry. November to May is the rainy season whereas May to October is summer. Medan can easily be reached via airways as international flights land here on a daily basis.
In Medan, tourists will find quite a few interesting places to visit. For example, the Maimoon Palace, Mesjid Ray, the Museum of North Sumatra, Kesawan Square, the famous crocodile farm, the zoo, the Old City Hall, the Post Office Center, the Water Tower, Titi Canutary.
The finest building in the city is the Maimoon Palace which dates back to 1886. The Dutch had built the Mesjid Ray in 1906. It is of a dome shape. The color is black and it looks just wonderful. It is an example of the Moorish style. The material with which the building was build had been imported back in time. The glass came from China, the chandelier from Amsterdam and the marble came from Italy.
The military museum situated in Medan has got a collection of antique weapons that was used during the war of independence. Anyone studying the history of the war of independence will find this place to be a very interesting visit for sure. The crocodile farm is the largest of the region and here one can see the hatching of a crocodile egg. There are about two thousand species of crocodiles that can be seen inside the farm. People who find interest in most life forms would gather precious experience as they visit a farm of this sort.
The Kesawan Square was established in 2002. It is the newest open air food court in Medan. Lake Toba is also located very near Medan. It is the largest inland water body of South East Asia and therefore a favorite tourist spot. The high court building and the bank of Indonesia are great examples of European architecture and can be seen here in Medan.
The history of the city of Medan is very interesting as well. Medan is a place that is visited by tourists from all over the globe. Very few people leave Indonesia without coming to Medan at least once. The diversity that this place offers is its main attraction. The various groups of people to be seen here, the various cultures that blend here and the development of so many types of art – everything makes this place very rich in originality. The jungles, rainforest, rice padding, mysterious volcanic lakes and exotic beaches add up to the attraction of the place. These are the reasons why Medan is so popular among tourists.