Kuala Namu International Airport opened in 2013 in North Sumatra, Indonesia, replacing the former Polonia International Airport. The airport takes its name from the town of Kuala Namu in Deli Serdang where it is located. Kuala Namu International Airport was developed to serve as the modern international gateway of Sumatra and the western region of Indonesia.
AirAsia operates from Kuala Namu International Airport to Singapore and Malaysia. Silkair and Valuair also connects Medan to Singapore. Kuala Namu also has direct flights connecting to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Hat Yai in southern Thailand.
The airport is 39 kilometres away from the city of Medan and is considered as the second largest airport in the country, next to Soekarno–Hatta International Airport. Kuala Namu International Airport however, has the distinction of the first airport in Indonesia with a direct rail link.
RailLink is a train service that is integrated into the airport facility and connects travellers directly to the city centre. It is the fastest way to reach the airport, with a travel time of 30-45 minutes. Bus services are also available. It is cheaper than the train but it takes over an hour to get to Medan. Car rental services, metered taxis and shared cab services are readily available at the airport for transport into city centre.
Medan is the enchanting capital city of North Sumatra and the fourth largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bandung. It is an historic city founded in 1590 by Guru Patimpus and colonised by the Dutch in the 1800s. It prospered with its rich plantations of tobacco, rubber, palm oil and tea, and has evolved into a vibrant commercial hub of the region.
While Medan is still quite low on the tourist radar, the city has been the gateway to the magnificent Sumatran Highlands, Berastagi and the scenic Lake Toba. The city itself boasts of fine attractions in its colonial architecture and diverse heritage. Medan definitely has a colourful blend of Chinese, Javanese, Indian and European culture. Food is a particular attraction in Medan, to both Indonesians and foreigners. The various ethnicities contribute to creating an enticing local food culture.
Getting around Medan is fairly easy. There is the ubiquitous becaks, which is a motorised rickshaw and angkot, which is a shared minivan service. Most drivers of these local modes of transport speak little English so its best to have a map or the address of your destination. Taxis are plentiful in the city, especially near the hotels, malls and tourist attractions. Another convenient option for your holiday is to hire a car with driver.
Medan has many interesting points of interest within the city, and is the gateway to a several popular attractions within a short travel distance. The following are some of the must-see attractions in and around Medan --
Tjong A Fie Mansion
Tjong A Fie was a Hakka Chinese businessman, banker and kapitan who built a large plantation business in Sumatra, Indonesia. His residence has become a popular tourist attraction in Medan. The mansion is built in an architectural blend of Malay, European, and Tionghoa styles.
A must visit in Medan is the istana or royal palace of Sultanate of Deli. Built by 1891, the palace is a popular tourist destination in the city, not solely because of its historical heritage statues, but also because of the unique interior design of the palace, mixing the elements of Malay cultural heritage, Islam, Spanish, Indian, and Italian style.
Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni
Our Lady of Good Health Church is a Catholic temple in Indo-Mogul style opened in 2005 in Medan, Indonesia. It is devoted to Our Lady of Good Health and is also known as Our Lady of Vailankanni. The temple is an imposing building, of two storeys and a small tower of seven storeys in Indonesian style, that already attracts attention from the main road. It is an important pilgrimage site in Asia.
Vihara Gunung Timur
Vihara Gunung Timur is the largest Chinese Taoism temple in Medan. Built in 1962 along the Babura river, the temple is partly surrounded by a moat and walls. At the centre of its courtyard is an imposing incense burner.
Set in the beautiful highlands of North Sumatra, the stunning Sipisopiso waterfall is located on the North side of Lake Toba, 24 kms from Kabanjahe. This long but narrow waterfall drops 120 meters into an impressive gorge below. This scenic waterfall is very popular with tourists, photography buffs and mountaineers.
Medan is an all-year round destination. September to December is the rainy season, but Medan enjoys a pleasant tropical climate with quite constant temperatures throughout the year. Just perfect for the many adventures and sights that await you in Medan. Plan your trip to Medan now! Find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan, Indonesia on Skyscanner Singapore.
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