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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Mirror Beach

Mirror beach or in local language Pantai Cermin is located in Serdang Bedagai Regency.
It's a nice place to swim, sun bathing and fishing. It's one of eastern beaches in Indonesia. Unlike the western beaches, Mirror beach has a calm wave so it's not an appropriate place to surf. The local government has developed the beach to contribute another good object tourism of North Sumatera. The sand of the beach is white like a glass, therefore they called the beach by the name "cermin" means Mirror.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Medan Grand Mosque

Beside the Maimoon Palace, The Medan Grand Mosque was another architectural heritage of Deli Sultanate. the mosque is still utilized by the local community for daily prayers. Like The Maimoon Palace, the building materials of the mosque were taken from Italy. The Grand Mosque which was built in 1906 by Sultan Makmun Al-Rasyid is the most beautiful and magnificence mosques in North Sumatera. It is situated about 200 m from The Maimoon Palace.

The specific architecture of the mosque was inspired by the Moorish style.The dome of the Al Ma'sum Mosque that had flat and quadrangle shape also in the peak of the roof has the usual crescent moon decoration was also found in other Islamic buildings like the Mosque and the tower that according to the experts often were connected as the symbol of peacefulness, where Islam was broadcasted without violence.

Apart from the plan, dome, curves (arcade), the crescent moon decoration on its peak, the influence of Islamic art is clearly visible in its Ornamentation, whether on the wall, the ceiling, the poles, and the curved surface (face Arcade) that was rich in the decoration of flowers and winding plants painted with oil paint. This floralistic decoration apart from being styled reminds to the Tumpal and mekara motive, also painted with Naturalistic style. Except the floral motive and geometric motive, the combination between Polygonal, Octagonal and circle decorations was also appealing. The motive of this kind especially very much found in walls, the curved surface, the ceiling etc. This motive was also found in the iron curtain form of the quadrangle windows and the shape of the curve that reminded us to motive the Indian style wall carving. In Indonesia, this kind of decoration was often acknowledged as the Terawangan or Kerawangan decoration,apart as being a decoration, this decoration also unction as ventilation.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Maimoon Palace

The palace was built by Sultan Makmun Al-Rasyid Perkasa Alamsyah.
It was constructed by the design of an Italian architect in 1888 AD.
As a legacy of Melayu-Deli Sultanate,it is dominated with yellow color, the Melayu typical color.The Maimoon Palace was built on a land of 2.772 m2 wide in the centre of the Deli kingdom, now Brigjen Katamso street, Medan.

This palace consisted of two floors that were divided into three parts, which are the main building, the left wing, and the right wing. In the front, around 100 meters, stood the Al-Maksum mosque that are well known as the Masjid Raya Medan. In the guest room (balairung) you will encounter the throne that was dominated by the yellow color. Crystal lights lighted the throne, a form of influence of European culture. The same influences are appeared in the palace furnishings like the seat, the table, toilet and the cupboard and the door, headed to balairung. The room measuring 412 m2 was used for the coronation agenda of Sultan Deli or the other traditional agenda. Balairung was also used as the place where the Sultan received praise from his relatives and family in Islamic holidays.

Further more, the number of the rooms was 40, 20 rooms in the upper floor, the Sultan's throne and 20 rooms underneath, not including 4 bathrooms, the warehouse, the kitchen, and the prison in the basement.
Interesting if we observe this palace architectural design. The blend between the Islam tradition and European culture was boldly implemented. Apart from the balairung, the building base also showed Europe influence. Some of the building material was imported from Europe, like floor tiles, marble, and terrazzo.

The pattern of Dutch architecture with the door and wide and tall windows, as well as Spanish stylish doors became a part of the Maimoon Palace. The Dutch influence was also seen in the marble inscription in front of the marble ladder that was written with the Latin letter in Netherlands language.

The Islam influence was seen in the form of the curve or arcade in several parts of the palace roof. The curve that had the shape of the overturn boat that was known with the Persian Curve, often was met on the buildings in the Middle East, Turkey, and India region.

The Maimoon palace was one of the most beautiful buildings in Medan. His location is easy to be reach, both from the Polonia Airport (around 10 km) and the Belawan Port (around 28 km). This historic building was open the public every day from struck 08.00 until 17.00.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Lake Toba

Lake Toba is the most fascinating vacationer question in the Province of North Sumatera, Indonesia. It is as the biggest inland lake in South-East Asia and one of the most profound on the planet [ more than 500 metres]. Lake Toba has a length that traverses 100 kilometers from Northwest to South and a width of 30 kilometers. Water surface of Lake Toba is around 900 meter of sea level. It's encompassed by Mount Piso-Piso on the north and Mount Pusuk Buhit on the west.

Parapat, the town in the bank of the lake has numerous lodgings and eateries which give great sustenance. Be that as it may, the most recent five years the quantity of the visitor diminishes which caused a portion of the lodgings shut down, either temporary or for good. Most travelers are from nearby local people or from neighboring countries. The voyagers regularly go through on their approach to Samosir Island in Lake Toba. The town offers beautiful environment, great eating, and keepsake shopping.
Parapat can be reached to within 4 hours ride from Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra. There are numerous gift shops along the street down to the market.You can find T-shirts, earthenware production, modest garments and different keepsakes, the most well known is nearby made woven covers called 'Ulos'.

Samosir Island is accessible by ferry from Ajibata or Parapat. One of the primary possessed regions in the island is Tuktuk. This popular destination offers beautiful perspectives at low costs. Individuals come here to unwind, appreciate the landscapes, eat well and chill off from harder in different territories.

The way of life of the neighborhood can be found in the every day life of the towns in Samosir. Western tunes have supplanted the consonant well known tunes of the well-singing Bataks. In Tomok 200-year old stone sarcophogus of King Sidabutar worked in the state of ship is its most well known sight. It is found a short leave the lake. Tomok is additionally known for Sigale-gale dance.