Kualanamu International Airport is a recently-opened airport to replace Polonia International Airport that previously served Medan, Indonesia. There is a decent variety of cafes and restaurants as well as apparel shops and souvenirs. Wi-Fi connection is also available as well as prayer rooms.
The airport is located 40km away from the Medan city centre and at present, the most reliable service for travelling the journey is by taking the train, which will take half an hour. You may also want to take a taxi, after verifying the authenticity with airport services.
There are several attractions in Medan, most of which are symbolic of the diverse religious and cultural practices of the local population.
For example, the city has famous mosques. The Maimun Palace is a well-known landmark, thanks to its unique interior design which incorporates Spanish, Indian, Italian and Malay designs and influences. The Great Mosque of Medan also stands impressive, with Arabian, Egyptian and Iranian architectural styles visible.
Then there are the Buddhist temples, such as Vihara Borobudur, Vihara Gunung Timur, and the Vihara Maha Maitreya. The latter is the biggest temple in Southeast Asia, with massive statues. You can also order vegetarian food here just to see what it’s like being a Buddhist practiser. The sunset view from this temple is nice.
Along with Muslim and Buddhist buildings, there is also Annai Velangkanni, which might deceive you as it has a Tamil Hindu-style architecture, but is actually a Catholic Shrine. There are also the authentic Tamil Hindu temples, Shri Mariamman as well as Pura Agung Raksa Bhuana.
To explore the works and minds of local artists, visit the Tondi Gallery, which features contemporary arts exhibitions. The building and its works and interesting, and will definitely provide some more colourful memories of Medan.
If you are a foodie, then you must visit Kesawan Square in the evening. It’s a hawker centre where all Medan’s cuisines can be tried. You might not want to leave once you start eating. However, nearby is the Merdeka Walk, another food court, which has raving reviews about its cheap tasty food. Prepare your stomach for a well-deserved battle.
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