Eat, shop and relax

If you are in the mood for a simple getaway, consider a flight to Medan. Made up of various ethnic minorities, Medan is a melting pot for various food cultures, worthy of the ardent food tourist. For a touch of Art Deco, drop by the Old City Hall, the Post Office, the Great Mosque – relics of its Dutch colonial past. Take a glimpse into the Medanese religious lives at the Buddhist Vihara Borobudur, the Hindu Sri Mariaman, the Masjid Raya mosque and the Catholic Annai Velangkani.

Architecture buffs will love the beautiful Maimoon Palace built by the Sultan of Deli, which has elements Islamic, Spanish, Indian and Italian influences in its design. Also visit the Grand Mosque to view the unusual black-domed building that features Moroccan-style architecture and showcases ornate carvings, Italian marble and stained glass from China.