Istana Maimun

Attraction Istana Maimun, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
0.30 USD

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Maimun Palace is a palace of the Sultanate of Deli which is one of the icons of the city of Medan, located in Jalan Brigadier General Katamso.

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Why Istana Maimun is special ?

Maimun Palace is a palace of the Sultanate of Deli which is one of the icons of the city of Medan, North Sumatra, located in Jalan Brigadier General Katamso, Talbot Village, District Medan Maimun.

Designed by Italian architect and built by the Sultan of Deli, Sultan Mahmud Al-Rashid. Construction of the palace was started on August 26, 1888 and completed on 18 May 1891. Maimun Palace has an area of ​​2,772 m2 and 30 rooms. Maimun Palace consists of two floors and has three parts: the main building, left wing and right wing of the building. The palace buildings facing north and on the front side of the building there is the Al-Mashun or better known as the Great Mosque of Medan.

Maimonides palace including the palace among the most beautiful buildings in Indonesia. With a distinctive architectural style which is a combination of various elements of Malay culture character of Islam, India, Spain and Italy. The combination of displays unique characteristics that make the hallmark of the building.


What to explore at Istana Maimun?

Visiting palace, you can admire the building architecture which is a mix between the features of Mughal architecture, the Middle East, Spain, India, the Netherlands and Indonesia. Dutch architectural influence appears in the form of door and window width and height. But, there are some doors that show the influence of Spain. Islam looks at the influence of the existence of the arch ( arcade ) on the roof. The arch height ranging from 5 to 8 meters. The arch shape is very popular in the Middle East, India and Turkey.

Palace building consists of three main hall, namely: the main building, right wing and left wing. The main building called the Hall with an area of 412 m 2 , which is the royal throne. Royal thrones used in certain events, such as the coronation of the king, or when received praised the royal family in the days of big Islam.Di the building also contained a large crystal chandelier European style.

Inside the palace there are 30 rooms, with a unique interior design, a blend of art from different countries. From the outside, the palace overlooking the east it looks like a palace of the Moghul kings. When entering the living room was found a throne dominant with shades of yellow. Space with an area of ​​412 square meters is used in the coronation of Sultan Deli activities or other events. The space was used for areas sultan to accept the arrival of relatives and relatives on Islamic holidays.

To make the trips memorable, you can try the rental clothes and take some photography.


How to get to Istana Maimun?

Medan Polonia International Airport is about 2 km from the city center. Daily domestic flights to Medan served several airlines such as Air Asia, Garuda, Kartika Air, Lion Air, Merpati, NBA, Silk Air, water and Susi Sriwijaya Air flight route Jakarta, Bandung, Banda Aceh, Pekanbaru, Padang, Batam, Pontianak and Gunung Sitoli. As for international flights served by Garuda, Air Asia and Malaysian Airlines.

Maimun Palace is approximately 10 km from the International Airport Polonia.Anda can also reach it from Belawan Port about 28 km or about 30 minutes to an hour. Next you can use a taxi, rental car, or bus.


Selling points

  • A glimpse of majestic palace
  • Remains of the glory of a bygone era
  • Iconic Palace in Medan
  • Nice Historical Palace
  • A taste of ancient royalty
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Istana Maimun, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

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Tips for you

  • There is an area to get dressed in traditional clothing and take pictures which looked fun. It costs only 10000 idr to rent the clothing .
    Things to do
  • You have to take off your shoes when you enter the building.
  • You should keep a clean environment in the historic place.
  • It closes at 12pm until 2pm on Friday, you should note to have the best time to visit.
  • Inside this palace, there is a store using a little piece, to sell some beverages and some souvenir. You can buy what you like.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • You can get a free tour guide to learn more about this palace.
  • Be careful with people who excitedly took your pictures and will automatically print it and follow you till you buy those pictures.
  • Parking lot is available.
  • You can enjoy Melayu traditional live music, it often takes place on: Monday - Friday : 10.30 am to 12.00 pm; 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm Saturday : 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm Sunday : 10.00 am to 12.00 pm


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Maimoon Palace, a great palace of Sultan Deli. A famous landmark in Medan. Ticket is quite cheap, IDR 10k. You can also rent a traditional clothes and get photos as a King/prince/princess of Deli :)

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The Istana was built in 1888 by the 9th King and named after his Malaysian wife. We were fortunate that we had a guide that took us around in the Istana or else we would have been in the dark about the history of the palace. The Istana is reasonably well kept but the gardens were just well, non-existent. There was an ancient carriage as you came in through the gate. And at the parking bay, there was a board listing all the Kings but it has not been updated since the 12th King. You are requested to take your shoes off once you got up the stairs before you enter the Istana. In the Istana, there was a photo of a young boy who is the current King (14th) born in 2005. Since, Indonesia gained its Independence in 1945, the Royal family is no longer in power but still reside in a part of the Palace. I believe the Royal family here gets no financial assistance from the government unlike in Malaysia and hence, explains why the Istana Maimun is not preserved to its best. The architecture was interesting and lighting was original. There were a few antique furniture on display as well. You could hire the traditional costumes and take photos at The Royal Throne. We did not hire the costumes but we were still allowed to sit on the throne and take photos. For the cheap Rp 5,000 entrance fee, it is well worth the visit. Just wished they had a tourist information brochure to share the history of the Istana. They could easily charge a small fee for those who were interested in buying it.

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