Here are the top 14 tourist attractions to see in Medan:

1. Lake Toba

90 km
from city center
1 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Lake Toba, located in Northern Sumatra, is the largest lake created within a volcanic crater. Deemed to be one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, the vast area of the lake surpasses the size of Singapore. Its depth of 450 meters also makes Lake Toba one of the deepest lakes across the globe. The exotic greenery and pristine blue waters of the lake make a mesmerising picture that lures thousands of tourists to the site easily accessible from Medan.

2. Tjong A Fie Mansion

4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

A picturesque mansion, this is one of the best vestiges of history Medan has to offer. Tjong A Fie was a Chinese businessman who built the mansion for his wife and was their residence until his death in 1921. Called "a historical jewel in Medan", the Tjong A Fie Mansion is registered historical landmark as well as a cultural heritage building and museum. The Mansion has Chinese, Malay and Victorian influences in its architecture style. The structure was built observing feng-shui principles. This remains, to this day, one of the best places for photography and culturally aware tourists.

3. Mesjid Raya Mosque

4.5 /5

3 km
from city center
3 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Built in 1906, the Mesjid Raya is one of the best examples of architecture in Medan and one of the city's most imposing and recognizable sights. The materials used to build the mosque were imported from around the world, and the mosque's worldly architectural style is plainly evident for all to see. The palace used to be a part of the sultanate's palace compound.

4. Annai Vellangkanni

4.3 /5

9 km
from city center
4 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Seen from afar, the Annai Vellangkanni church looks nothing like a typical church. The church's architecture has influences of Indian, Mughal, Tibetan, and Chinese and is clearly seen. The pagoda-like structure evokes feelings of looking at a Buddhist temple and is one of the finest examples of religious fusion and exemplifies Medan's religious harmony.

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5. Maimoon Palace

3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
5 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

The Maimoon Palace is one of the last remnants of a glorious dynasty of rulers.The Deli Sultanate ruled Sumatra for what was known as its golden period. This palace is one of the last vestiges of their rule, and it houses the Sultan of Deli, with the throne room accessible to the public.

6. Sri Mariamman Temple

3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
6 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Located at the centre of the hustle and bustle of Little India, this temple is a treat to behold.

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7. Medan Mall

2 km
from city center
7 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Boasting of a variety of local and international brands, the Medan Mall is the go-to shopping destination in Medan city, on the Northeast coast of Sumatra Island. The mega mall has been hosting shoppers since the 1990’s. It can be found in the busy street of Jl. M. T. Haryono which is also home to the city’s Central Market. Although Medan Mall doesn’t have all the luxury facilities of its newer counterparts, it remains an integral part of Medan’s city life.

8. Hillpark Sibolangit

37 km
from city center
8 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Situated amongst the mountains of Sibolangit, Hillpark Sibolangit is the largest theme and amusement park in Sumatra, featuring rides and play areas. Based on a Camelot theme, it is divided into three main zones - Lost City, Toon Town and Heritage. Hillpark Sibolangit is a must-visit attraction in Medan, specially if travelling with kids.

9. Bolon House

10 km
from city center
9 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Rumah Bolon, also known as ‘Bolon House’ or ‘Batak House’ by locals, is a well-maintained complex of traditional houses of the indigenous Simalungan Batak Toba tribe of North Sumatra. Open to the public, it allows one to get a glimpse of traditional Indonesian life. The massive houses sit in a row against one another, made of wood with thatched roofs. It is a must-visit place for understanding of tribal philosophy.

10. Pandang Island

122 km
from city center
10 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Located off the coast of North Sumatra, Pandang Island is a little-known island paradise for those who love exploring the great outdoors. It is just 10 kilometres from neighbouring Salahnama Island and together, the island is known amongst locals as ‘The Brothers’. The appeals of visiting ‘The Brothers’ are the water sports opportunities and the beautiful trekking views that they offer.

11. Bukit Lawang

353 km
from city center
11 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Bukit Lawang is a village located about 90 kilometres Northwest of Medan at the capital city of North Sumatra, Indonesia. To be precise, the location of this village is at the entrance of the Gunung Leuser National Park. A gateway to the Sumatran Jungle, Bukit Lawang is famous for spotting semi-wild orangutans quite frequently. The rainforest around the village is known to be a vibrant and diverse tropical forest ecosystem which homes orangutans, leopards, baboons, macaque, and Thomas leaf monkeys.

12. Mount Sibayak

15,030 km
from city center
12 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Located in northern Sumatra in Indonesia, Mount Sibayak is a majestic volcano rising to a height of 6870 feet and is one of the easiest climbs amongst the numerous volcanoes of the region. The summit offers excellent views of the town of Berastagi and the neighbouring countryside. These breathtaking views and the trek have been attracting tourists since the first Dutch settlements in the early 1900s.

13. Samosir Island

108 km
from city center
13 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

The world’s largest island within an island, Samosir is a vast volcanic island, situated north of the Sumatra Island in Indonesia. Samosir lies in the very heart of Lake Toba, which occupies the volcanic crater of world’s largest super volcano. A perfect family vacation spot for a relaxed holiday, Samosir Island preserves its natural scenic highlands as well as the traditional rituals of the culturally rich Indonesia.

14. Merdeka Walk

1 km
from city center
14 out of 14
places to visit in Medan

Situated inside Merdeka Square, the Merdeka Walk is one of the most popular and largest culinary centres in Medan. Surrounded by magnificently built Dutch occupation-era buildings, the open space of Merdeka Walk has been beautifully decorated with lights and dining arrangements under trees. Thus, during the late evening hours, the entire place gets transformed into an ambient and festive place.

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