10 Places You Must Visit in North Sumatra
North Sumatra has so many charms. Medan as the capital of North Sumatra has many historical buildings to visit. Medan is also a paradise for food lover. There are many kinds of food that you can try. There are Indian foods, Minang foods, Java Foods, and Chinese Foods. Medan is multicultural city, because many kind of ethnics and cultures such as Indian, Chinese and diverse ethnics of Indonesia live in Medan.
1. Lake Toba
Lake Toba is located in North Tapanuli (Tobasa) district, 176 km from Medan. So, your travel would not be complete if you don’t visit Lake Toba, the most beautiful lake in Indonesia. Lake Toba offers you stunning view with hill surrounding the lake and the fresh air.
2. Maimoon Palace
Maimoon palace is a heritage of Royal Deli. A Palace is located in center of Medan , Jl. Brigjen Katamso, Medan Maimun. There are many means of public transportation to reach the palace.
3. Raya Mosque
Raya Mosque or Raya Al Mashun Mosque was built in 1906. The mosque’s architecture style is from Middle East, India and Spain.
4. Sipiso piso Waterfall
Sipiso piso waterfall is in Mount Sipiso piso, Berastagi and height of the waterfall is 120 meters. You can see stunning view of Lake Toba from this area.
5. Mount Sibayak
Mount Sibayak is located in Berastagi. It is about 2 hours from Medan. Mount Sibayak is a volcano which is called The King Mount. You can see the wonderful Berastagi view from the top of the mount.
6. Bukit Lawang (Lawang Hill)
Bukit Lawang is located in Leuser Park which is famous with its orangutans. You can see orangutans in the jungle. Most tourists visit Bukit Lawang to adventure the Sumatra wild jungle. You also can try rafting sport in Bahorok River and get feeling of juggle and rural atmosphere.
7. Merdeka Walk
If Yogyakarta has Malioboro as a place to hangout, so Medan has Merdeka Walk. Merdeka Walk is street food area located in Lapangan Merdeka. You can enjoy the historical buildings with beautiful architectural while enjoying dinner at this place.
8. Samosir Island
Samosir Island is a small island in the middle of Lake Toba. A beautiful view in this island will make you amazed. Samosir Island has history of Batak Kings and Batak cultures. In addition to become more familiar with Batak culture, you can also shop in Samosir Island. They sell handmade accessories from local resident.
9. Nias Island
The majority of Nias Island vistors are surfer. Nias Island has high wave and it becomes a target for surfing lover to try it. Nias Island is inhabited by those who still have adhered to the megalithic culture.
10. Pagoda Taman Alam Lumbini
Pagoda Taman Alam Lumbini (Lumbini Natural Park Pagoda) is a replica of Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar. This pagoda is gold painted with beautiful architecture showing its magnificence.