Medan, the capital
of North Sumatra, is the entrance for tourists coming from the
western part of Indonesia. It lies opposite the Malaysian Peninsula.
site clearly describes Medan's circumstances, historical, remains
and specific tourist attractions. Medan, which haa an area of
about 26,150 hectares, is 28 km from the main harbor of North
Sumatra, Belawan. It is in a lawlard area, and is located on the
east coast of Sumatra (10 meters above sea level).
It is divided into 21 sub-districts,
and 151 administrative districts and had 1,809,634 inhabitants
in 1993. It is occupied by different tribes, such as, Melayu,
Batak, Karo, Indian, and Chinese. They all have different life
styles. Medan used to be a small village in a valley discovered
by Guru Patimpus in 1590.
Its anniversary is on July 1. North Sumatra was transformed into
large plantations during the Dutch colonial era (since 1870) because
of its fertile soil.
In 1886 Medan was made the capital of North Sumatra and it developed
rapidly. In 1910, there were 17,500 inhabitants. It increased
up to 45,250 in 1920. In 1942, when the Dutch left Indonesia,
the population was about 80,000 people. Now, Medan is one of the
famous cities in Indonesia. The collaboration between Medan and
Penang using the "Selesa Expenses" and "Gadis Langka Suka" was
officially opened. Medan has a good relationship with Penang.
Some vegetables are exported to Singapore. There are also regular
flights from Medan to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Penang,
Amsterdam and Vienna.
Medan which is already
a hundred years old not only has wonderful tourist destinations
but also typical old buildings and other items of historical interest.