As Indonesia's fourth-largest city, Medan occupies a strategic point on Sumatra's northeast coast as a major transit entry point from Malaysia. Though it has a reputation for being a bit noisy and rundown, it is home to some of the country's most exquisite nineteenth-century colonial architecture.The most well-known are the old city hall, central ... Read more
post office, the Tirtanadi Water Tower (the city's icon) and Titi Gantung (a bridge over the railway). Other architectural gems include Maimun Palace, home to the Sultan of Deli, and the Great Mosque. More recently, a Catholic temple was added to the city's list of attractions, which has already become an important pilgrimage stop in Asia. Medan also has a vibrant cultural community, its residents hailing from Java, China and India. Reflecting its diversity, nine languages other than Indonesian can be heard on the streets here (English included).
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Cape Town, South Africa

I spend in Medan only one day and I cannot say I enjoy it. As another big cities in SA it's very dirty and smoggy. People though wasn't pushy and even-though we walked during night I didn't feel danger. .

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Samarinda, Indonesia

I have visited Medan twice and this one of three largest metropolis in Indonesia never turned me down despite of its famous hectic and chaotic traffic. Besides rich for its wide variety and delicious foods, one thing that I like for Medan is the richness of culture since the city is home to well blended various ethnics, which makes it interesting. Moreover, this city is a start point to various beautiful places in the North Sumatra and its surrounding.

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Medan Selayang, Sumatera Utara

Medan is the city you will start to another tourist place like bukit lawangto see orang utan etc

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Klang, Malaysia

What a beautiful place as Lake Toba is here. Here got more Chinese and mostly businessmen. The local cake and kuih is very delicious.

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San Diego

Very slow paced life style here, very clam but some of the locals can be very rude. dont drink the water eww

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Dublin, California, USA

I was born at this town and proud of it too! Good food on almost every corner of the street.

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Local from Berastagi

Heart of sumatera utara, not much to see but this city is a food haven

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Local from Medan, Indonesia

good

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Tampines, Singapore

High Recommended for cheese lovers..

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