Medan Travel Guide

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Medan Overview

Medan is the third largest city in Indonesia and also the biggest city outside of Java Island. It is well-known for its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society (including large populations of Batak, Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Minang, Sundanese, and Madurese) creating a unique cultural blend.

Medan is also well-known for culinary-tourism. Each of the city's ethnic groups contributes to the cornucopia of tasteful, mouth-watering dishes. You can find these in every corner of Medan. From the sweet Javanese cuisine, spicy Minang food, and savoury Chinese noodles, to the seasoned Indian dishes. Some of Medan's favorite dining locations include Kesawan Square and Merdeka Walk.

Medan, as with many other cities in Indonesia, has a traditional rickshaw (becak), but the one in Medan is unique and different to those in any other parts of Indonesia as it is motorized.

Visitors can also enjoy the natural scenery of nearby Berastagi - a popular mountain resort for weekend getaways for locals - as well as Lake Toba, one of the biggest fresh water lakes in the world. Orangutan rehabilitation centers are also found in the area.

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