The city used to known as Parij van Sumatra. It is the capital North Sumatra province, the third largest city in Indonesia. In the 1800’s the city called as Parij van Sumatra because the city was so beautiful since Dutch built many art Nuevo building in the city. One of them is London Sumatra building at Kesawan square.

Before that time, the city also called Tanah Deli (Deli Land) since it was the land of Deli (Malay) tribes and kingdom. One of the historical sites of that fact is the Istana Maimoon and the Al-Mashun mosque.

Since many years ago, the city was well-known as the trading city. There were so many traders came to Tanah Deli for trading and palm, rubber and tobacco planting.

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Tjong A Fie was one of the success trader in the city. He was a man from Tiongkok. A Chinese man. He came from Formosa to Tanah Deli and settled down in the city. Until now, he was known as one of the founder of the multicultural city. He left one of the most iconic building called Tjong A Fie mansion at Kesawan Square in the center of the city.

In the city people live together from variant tribes, such as Deli, Batak, Java, Karo, Simalungun, Nias, Chinese and also Hindi. Therefore, the city also called as the miniature city of Indonesia.

Since long time ago, the city also famous by its culinary. You can find all kind of Indonesian food in the city, such as nasi goreng (fried rice), gado-gado, pecal lele, Chinese food, and local traditional food like Naniura (gold fish which served with traditional Batak spices), and some foods made from pork served with spicy sauces.

For many tourists come from abroad, the city is the transit city before they go to some best traveling place in North Sumatra, such as Samosir Island – the island in the center of Lake Toba, Parapat, Tuktuk Peninsula, Tongging hill, Nias Island (for surfing), and many interesting place.

Old building in Medan city

Now, there are more and more hotels in the city, include some international quality standard, such as JW Marriot, Grand Aston, Santika, Grand Swiss-Belhotel, Aryaduta, and some iconic hotel, such as Danau Toba International Hotel, Garuda Plaza Hotel, Tiara Hotel, and many more.

The city also called the mecca of Sumatra coffee. Nowadays, there are so many coffee places like cafes, coffee shop brewing Sumatra coffees. Some famous coffee beans from Sumatra are Gayo coffee, Mandheling, Lintong and Sidikalang.

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The growth of the coffee places is a good news for businessmen since it’s not difficult to get the world’s famous bean.

The city, slow but sure, is now entering into the third wave coffee, the era local people more educated about specialty coffee. Most of cafes brew coffee by espresso machine and some manual brewers without leaving the traditional methods.

The city, slow but sure, is now entering into the third wave coffee, the era local people more educated about specialty coffee. Most of cafes brew coffee by espresso machine and some manual brewers without leaving the traditional methods.

I love the city by its culture, culinary and coffee.

North Sumatra Coffee

But, I hate the city that is quite crowded. Traffic jam on the street. Transportation system is very lack. On the street, we are like in the jungle. There is no rule.

There is no tram, bus way, or light rapid transportation to resolve traffic jam. Sometime, I got sick while driving on the street. Very crowded. People seem only care about themselves. Super egoistic.

There is no strict city arrangement that make people build home, office, and stall everywhere they like.

The famous Deli River is now full of garbage from anywhere. People and government seem do not care. Garbage, sanitation, drainage are the problem of the city. No wonder if flood always happen when rain down very hard.

Overall, this is the city where I living.

The city is Medan.

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