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Al Mashun Historical Mosque of Medan

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Al Mashun Historical Mosque of Medan

The historic mosque is a relic of the Sultanate of Deli. It was built during the reign of Sultan Ma’mun Al Rasyid Perkasa Alam in 1906, and it was designed by architects from the Netherlands. The historic building is an elegant mixture of Indian, European, and Malay cultures.

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Al Mashun Historical Mosque of Medan 

Tourist Attractions in North Sumatra

North Sumatra

Batik Motifs

Desa Na Ualu

The Gorga motif of Ualu Village is the symbol of the eight cardinal

Gorga Simeol-Meol

The Gorga Simeol-meol is a pattern of plant tendrils. it is regarded as a symbol of longevity and

Desa Na Tolu

The Desa Na Tolu characteristic pattern symbolizes the Batak philosophy of existence and

Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

 

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Tenun Bima

The motifs are adopted from Bima woven textile. This pattern has received a great

Kain Cual

Cual textile tradition has existed since the 17th century. The word “Cual” refers to

Sandeq

Sandeq Boat is a symbol of the maritime importance of the West Sulawesi region. The greatness of

Teguh Bersatu

This batik motif shows the strength of the people of Kupang. It also represents a sense of

Kalo Sara

Kalo Sara is a sacred motif for Tolaki ethnic. It is considered as

Lipaq Sabe

Lipaq Saqbe contains a simple geometric classical motif with various flower decorations. This textile is

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Jupri Kembang Teh

Kembang Teh illustrates the tendrils of tea plants that grow in the highlands of

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Bale Lumbu

This motif signifies the welfare of the ancient Sasak society. Bale also symbolizes the

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Kaharingan

The Kaharingan or ‘tree of life’ based on the Dayak tribes’ belief system. This tree symbolizes

Lontara

The Lontara script itself is a typical ancient script of Bugis and Makassar communities. History records that

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Merak Lasem

The peacock is considered to be the king of the birds. It represents

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

The motif illustrates the philosophy of the mangosteen fruit, which is

Angsa Duo

According to legend, the Angso duo batik motif is a pair of swans that are believed to have led Princess

Pala Salawaku

This motif illustrates the unique weapons of the Maluku region, namely

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Buketan Bali

The Balinese bouquet (Buketan Bali) is a floral arrangement and the name is

Parang Seling

Parang Seling or “alternating daggers” is a royal batik motif. It is a feminine variant of

Ceplok Gayo Aceh

The variety of colors shows the differences in society that

Sekomandi

Its philosophical meaning is the eternal union which refers to a saying “until death do us part”

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

If Batik Besurek combines Arabic calligraphy motifs, then the Kaganga batik takes

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Parang Rusak

Another meaning behind this motif is an unconquerable spirit, symbolized by

Pintu Aceh

The motif is inspired by Aceh’s traditional architecture that has

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Gonggong Beruntun

This motif illustrates that a person should maintain a positive attitude and

Samudra

This art painting means to be strong-willed person to pursue

Jumputan Bintang

The word Jumputan means the tie-dye technique, while the word “Bintang” refers to

Tubo Kelapa

Coconut tree is a symbol of a good character and strong mentality. It illustrates the more success a person, the more

Ikan tambal

The word “Ikan” refers to fish. The philosophical meaning of Ikan Tambal means is

Bintik Tujuh

The Bintik Tujuh (Seven Dots) motif has 7 white spots and green color gradation as

Paqbarre Allo

The word “Barre” means round and “Allo” means the sunlight. This motif is interpreted as

Kuda Kupang

Horses symbolize wealth. It contains noble values of virtuous characters that bring

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Kawung

The Kawung motif was created by Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo (1593 – 1645) as a symbolic gift for

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat motif represents the marine life at Raja Ampat archipelago in

Asmat Papua

The batik motif illustrates the Asmat’s sacred tribal motifs that are

Pisang Bali

This batik motif is usually given by a person to his/her lover who is

Mahkota Siger

Siger is the crown of a noblewoman in ancient time. It is a symbol of femininity, strength, and

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Gumin Tambun

Based on Hindu mythology, this motif symbolizes lucks, abundant wealth, and

Insang Ikan

Insang refers to the gills of the fish. This is a typical pattern of Malay ethnic who inhabits

Rumah Mamuju

the Batik motif illustrates the house of Mamuju King with the stairs, located on the left of the wooden stage house

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

a combination of Javanese cultural motif of the Majapahit kingdom (XII-XIV century) with

Srimanganti

The name of the Srimanganti motif is derived from Palace’s hallway that connects to

Gentala Arasy

Built as high as 80 meters, the tower also highlights the historical side of

Tangerang Herang

Tangerang Herang motif is a symbol of Tangerang city. The Tangerang Herang batik motif consists of

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

La Galigo

La Galigo is a literary work of the Buginese Epic that has 300 thousand epic lines. It is considered even

Gajah Way Kambas

The motif illustrates the Lampung’s natural reserve, the Way Kambas. it also symbolizes

Abimanyu Prince

This motif implies a hope that the wearer will have the wisdom of

Tengkawang Ampiek

With its many advantages, the Dayaks use this leaf in ritual ceremonies. This plant is a symbol of

Sero Tangga

The Sero Tangga illustrates an endearing feeling and sacrifices of a person to fulfil

Rangkiang

The word “Rangkiang” refers to the rice granary in the Minangkabau language. It symbolizes

Sido Mulyo

Sidomulyo is one of the classical motifs, which is specifically used for the bride’s costume in

Daun Simpor

This motif is inspired by the Simpor plant (Dillenia Suffruticosa) which is a typical

Rasamala

The Rasamala Batik motif is associated with a story when the Dutch came

Karawo Pinang

Pinang refers to the Palm areca tree. This motif is considered as the original

Ukir Sentani

The Ukir motif is a batik motif that is inspired by various traditional Sentani wood carvings

Wakatobi

It symbolizes the coastal beauty of the Wakatobi island and the symbol of Patra symbolizes

Honai

The Honai is inspired by the traditional house of the Papuan community living in

Singayaksa

The Singayaksa motif comes from the name of a place where Sultan Hasanuddin used to

Wirasat

Wirasat or divine inspiration is a gift from God. This inspiration is symbolized by

Malinau Cultural Festival

You will witness a unique competition that might not be found other than in

Gurdo Solo

Gurdo or garuda bird is the mount of the Indian god Vishnu. As the Sun Bird,

Peresean

The Peresean is a game that sometimes some kinds of magic are

Prada Papua

The word “Prada” in the Javanese-Indonesian dialect means a batik textile that

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

It symbolizes the hierarchy in society and the social status of the Mekongga

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

The Vertical Upright (Kerawang Tegak) Motif symbolizes a person who has a strong

Alam Pantai

The word “Alam Pantai” refers to the natural beauty of

Awan Berarak

Awan Berarak is a combination of Dayak motifs and Malay patterns. The word ‘Awan Berarak’ means the

Leuit Sijimat

This motif reflects the daily activities of the Baduy tribe in Banten. The main ornaments of batik motif consist of:

Ake Patra

Ake is related to the divinity and the composition of the universe. It is a symbol of

Gigi Haruan Lidi

The Gigi Haruan Lidi motif is taken from the name of the cork fish and is a symbol of

Pucuk Rebung Riau

Pucuk Rebung symbolizes heart determination in achieving goals, good luck, and

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Gonggong Siput

Gonggong (Strombus Turturella) is one type of sea snail found around

Kasih Tak Sampai

‘Kasih Tak Sampai’ is an idiom in the Indonesian language which refers to

Durian Pecah

Broken Durian motifs depict the foundation of faith. The second half signifies the mastery of

Tanah Liek

The word “Tanah Liek” refers to clay in Minang language. It is also known as

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Gorga Simeol-Meol

The Gorga Simeol-meol is a pattern of plant tendrils. it is regarded as a symbol of longevity and

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Dayak Taghol

Dayak Taghol has a distinctive style of four curved lines and small dots. This motif represents

Tikar Natuna

The Tikar Natuna motif is adapted from the traditional making of pandanus mats in

Gamolan

This motif illustrates Gamolan, a bamboo musical instrument of Lampung that is

Desa Na Ualu

The Gorga motif of Ualu Village is the symbol of the eight cardinal

Anggrek Tewu

This motif is created based on the local wisdom and philosophy of

Karawo Mahkuta

Mahkuta refers to Gorontalo’s traditional crown. It represents noble characters of

Dayak Kamang

Kamang motif is generally found in the Dayak tribe shield because it is believed to

Desa Na Tolu

The Desa Na Tolu characteristic pattern symbolizes the Batak philosophy of existence and

Merak Ngeram

The hatching peacock motif has a very deep meaning which refers to the sacrifice and

Kuda Sepasang

For the people of Kupang, having a strong horse is a matter of

Taiganja

Taiganja is a precious gold pendant that shows the social status of the Kaili family. It is