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Situated on Jalan Brigjen Katamso Street in the heart of Medan, capital city of North Sumatra Province, The Maimun Palace is an elegant heritage site, an iconic landmark of Medan and the pride of its people.
The Maimun Palace is a legacy of the Sultanate of Deli, whose seat was in Medan. This kingdom was once part of the Aceh Sultanate but seceded from it in 1669. Maimun Palace was built by the 9th Sultan of Deli, Sultan Maimun Al Rasyid Perkasa, under whose auspices construction began on 26th August 1888 and completed on 18th May 1891.
Covering a total area of 2,772 square meters, the Maimun Palace is a beautiful architectural artwork which richly combines many styles including Islamic Malay, Spanish, Indian, and Italian features.
About 100 meters in front of the palace, stands the Al Maksum Mosque, which forms part of the Palace, and is recognized as the Grand Mosque of Medan.
Compromising a total of 30 rooms, the Mamimun Palace is dominated by the color yellow which is the distinct color denoting Malay royalty. Consisting of 2 floors, the building faces east and is divided into three sections, namely : the main building, the left wing, and the right wing.
European influence can be seen in the lamps, chairs, tables, cupboards, windows, doors, and other ornaments. The Palace features Spanish style doors, while its tall doors and windows adopt Dutch architecture. A marble tablet by the main staircase is written in Dutch using Latin script.
The Islamic influence can be seen from the curved arches in its roof section which resembles an inverted boat. This style is known as the Persian Curve, commonly found among many buildings in the Middle East.
The main hall of the palace is the Throne Room and is, as expected, dominated by the color yellow. The 412 square meters room. Is where the most important ceremonies are held, including the coronation of the Sultan of Deli. The room wasalso used by the Sultan to host guests and other major occasions.
The exquisite interior and physical features of the palace truly radiate the wealth of the Deli Sultanate that for over 2 centuries successfully produced an abundance of various crops, oils, and herbs. The majestic, Maimun Palace, therefore, stands as a monument to the golden age of the Sultanate of Deli.
This historical site is open to the public daily from 08.00 to 17.00 West Indonesia Time, with entry tickets of IDR3000 for children, and IDR5000 for adults.
Situated right in the heart of Medan, the Maimun Palace is easily reached by various types of public transport such as mini buses, taxis, Becak Motor (motorcycled pedicabs), and others since almost every public transport passes the Palace.
From the Kualanamu International Airport you can take the train to downtown Medan which takes some 35 minutes and costs IDR80,000 or take the Kualanamu Airport-Medan Bus in the direction of Amplas Terminal which costs IDR15,000, and takes about 1 hour. From the Medan Train Station take the white mini bus and ask to be dropped at the Maimun Palace. If you take the bus, from the Amplas Terminal you can continue by the yellow mini bus in the direction of Pinang Baris, and also ask to be dropped at the palace.