North Sumatra


North Sumatra (Indonesian: Sumatra Utara) is a province of Indonesia located on the northern part of the island of Sumatra. Its capital and largest city is Medan. North Sumatra is Indonesia's fourth most populous province after West Java, East Java and Central Java. It covers an area of 72,981 km2. According to the 2020 census, the province's population in that year was 14,799,361.[3]

North Sumatra
Sumatra Utara
Flag of North Sumatra
Coat of arms of North Sumatra
Tekun berkarya, hidup sejahtera, mulia berbudaya (Indonesian)
Work diligently, live prosperously, noble in culture
Location of North Sumatra in Indonesia
Location of North Sumatra in Indonesia
Coordinates: 2°00′N 99°00′E / 2.000°N 99.000°E / 2.000; 99.000Coordinates: 2°00′N 99°00′E / 2.000°N 99.000°E / 2.000; 99.000
Established15 April 1948
and largest city
 • BodyNorth Sumatra Provincial Government
 • GovernorEdy Rahmayadi
 • Vice GovernorMusa Rajekshah
 • Total72,981.23 km2 (28,178.21 sq mi)
 • Rank8th in Indonesia
Highest elevation
2,819 m (9,249 ft)
 (2020 Census)[1]
 • Total14,799,361
 • Rank4th in Indonesia
 • Density200/km2 (530/sq mi)
  • Rank11th in Indonesia
 • Ethnic groups45% Batak
30% Javanese
8.5% Chinese
5.7% Malay
4.1% Nias
5.4% other
 • Religion (2021)63.36% Islam
33.99% Christianity
2.43% Buddhism
0.10% Hinduism
0.12% other
Time zoneUTC+7 (Indonesia Western Time)
ISO 3166 codeID-SU
HDIIncrease 0.717 (High)
HDI rank12th in Indonesia (2019)
GRP NominalIncrease$56.70 billion[2]
GDP PPP (2019)Increase$185.33 billion[2]
GDP rank3rd in Indonesia (2019)
Nominal per capitaUS$ 3,894 (2019)[2]
PPP per capitaUS$ 12,798 (2019)[2]
Per capita rank13th in Indonesia (2019)


The last seafarers that made it to Sumatra were the Dutch. A government of North Sumatra named Gouvernement van Sumatra with the area covering the whole of the island of Sumatra, was headed by a governor who was based in the city of Medan.

After independence, the first session of the National Committee of Regions (KND), Sumatra was then divided into three sub-provinces namely North Sumatra, Central Sumatra and South Sumatra. North Sumatra province itself was an amalgamation of three administrative regions called Residencies namely: the Residency of Aceh, the East Sumatra Residency, and the Residency of Tapanuli.

With the publication of the Law of the Republic of Indonesia (R.I.) No. 10 Year 1948 on April 15, 1948, it was determined that Sumatra was divided into three provinces, each of which has the right to organize and manage their own household, namely: North Sumatra, Central Sumatra Province, and South Sumatra Province. The date of 15 April 1948 was subsequently determined as the anniversary of North Sumatra Province.

In early 1949, the reorganization of government took place in Sumatra, with the decision of the Government Emergency R.I. No. 22 / Govt / Emergency Government on May 17, 1949, which abolished the post of Governor of North Sumatra. Furthermore, the Government Emergency Decree R.I. on December 17, 1949, established the Province of Aceh and Tapanuli Province / East Sumatra. Then, with a Government Regulation in lieu of Law No. 5 Year 1950 on August 14, 1950, such provisions were lifted and reshaped North Sumatra Province.

Act R.I. No. 24 of 1956, promulgated on December 7, 1956, established an autonomous Aceh Province, independent of the Province of North Sumatra.[4]


Lake Toba, World's largest volcanic lake

The province of North Sumatra stretches across the island of Sumatra, between the Indian Ocean and the Strait of Malacca. It borders the province of Aceh on the northwest and Riau and West Sumatra in the southeast. It has an area of 72,981  km2. The province contains a broad, low plain along the Strait of Malacca on which the provincial capital, Medan, is located. In the south and west, the land rises to the mountain range that runs the length of Sumatra; the mountains here are dominated by Lake Toba, formed from the caldera of an ancient volcano. Several large islands in the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra are currently part of North Sumatra, most notably Nias Island and the Batu Islands.

There are 419 islands in North Sumatra province. The outer islands include the island of Simuk (Nias), and the island of Berhala in the Strait of Sumatra (Malacca).

The Nias archipelago consists of the main island of that name and other smaller islands in the vicinity, located off the coast of western Sumatra in the Indian Ocean. The administration center is located in Gunung Sitoli.

The Batu Islands consist of 51 islands including four major islands: Sibuasi, Pini, Tanahbala, Tanahmasa. Pulautelo is the administrative center on the island of Sibuasi. The Batu Islands are located to the southeast of the island of Nias. Other islands in North Sumatra are Imanna, Pasu, Bawa, Hamutaia, Batumakalele, Lego, Masa, Bau, Simaleh, Makole, Jake, and Sigata, Wunga.

In North Sumatra, there are currently two national parks, the Gunung Leuser National Park and Batang Gadis National Park. According to the Ministerial Decree, No. 44 of 2005, the forest area in North Sumatra today covers 3,742,120 hectares (ha), which consists of a Natural Reserve Area/Natural Conservation Area covering an area of 477,070 ha, 1,297,330 ha of protected forest, 879,270 ha of limited production forest, 1,035,690 ha of permanent production forest, and 52,760 ha of production forest that can be converted.

However, the figure above is only de jure. In reality, the forests are not as large as the figures suggest. A lot of the forests are damaged, due to encroachment and illegal logging. So far, over 206,000 ha of forests in Sumatra has experienced changes in function. As many as 163,000 ha were converted to plantations and 42,900 ha were transmigration areas.


The administrative center of North Sumatra is located in the city Medan, governed by a governor. Earlier, North Sumatra was included in a single Sumatra province when Indonesia became independent in 1945. In 1950, North Sumatra Province was formed including the former residencies of East Sumatra, Tapanuli, and Aceh. In 1956, Aceh split off to form a separate Aceh Province.

Administrative divisionsEdit

North Sumatra is currently subdivided into 25 regencies and 8 autonomous cities (formerly municipalities), listed below with their populations at the 1 May 2010 Census, the 1 May 2015 Intermediate Census, and the 2020 Census.[5] these in turn are sub-divided into 444 districts, which in turn are further sub-divided into 6,110 villages.With proposals under consideration to create three new provinces from parts of the present North Sumatra, these regencies and cities are grouped below according to the putative new province in which they are situated:

Nias Islands RegionEdit

Omo Sebua, means the big house. Is a traditional house from South Nias. It was the king of Tano Niha who lived in it, located in Bawomataluo

This region contains the substantial island of Nias and various small offshore islands, including the Batu Islands to the south which form part of South Nias Regency.

Name Area
Capital HDI[7]
2019 Estimates
Gunungsitoli City 280.78 126,202 135,868 136,017 Gunungsitoli 0.693 (Medium)
Nias Regency 1,842.51 131,377 136,079 146,672 Gidö 0.616 (Medium)
North Nias Regency
(Nias Utara)
1,202.78 127,244 133,728 147,274 Lotu 0.619 (Medium)
South Nias Regency
(Nias Selatan)
1,825.20 289,708 307,980 360,531 Teluk Dalam 0.615 (Medium)
West Nias Regency
(Nias Barat)
473.73 81,807 84,851 89,994 Lahomi 0.611 (Medium)
Totals 5,625.00 756,338 798,506 880,550
# South Nias Regency includes the Batu Islands.

Tapanuli RegionEdit

A tourist taken in a photo of Bagas Godang in Panyabungan, Mandailing Natal
Name Area
Census 2010
Capital HDI[7]
2019 Estimates
Dairi Regency 1,927.80 270,053 278,912 308,764 Sidikalang 0.714 (High)
Pakpak Bharat Regency 1,218.30 40,481 42,208 52,351 Salak 0.674 (Medium)
Samosir Regency 2,069.05 119,653 123,744 136,441 Pangururan 0.705 (High)
Toba Regency 2,328.89 173,129 179,600 206,199 Balige 0.749 (High)
North Tapanuli Regency
(Tapanuli Utara)
3,791.64 279,257 293,164 312,758 Tarutung 0.733 (High)
Humbang Hasundutan Regency 2,335.33 171,650 182,804 197,751 Dolok Sanggul 0.688 (Medium)
Central Tapanuli Regency
(Tapanuli Tengah)
2,188.00 311,232 349,420 365,177 Pandan 0.688 (Medium)
Sibolga City 41.31 84,481 86,499 89,584 Sibolga 0.734 (High)
South Tapanuli Regency
(Tapanuli Selatan)
6,030.47 263,815 274,922 300,911 Sipirok 0.697 (Medium)
Padang Sidempuan City 114.66 191,531 209,550 225,105 Padang Sidempuan 0.750 (High)
North Padang Lawas Regency
(Padang Lawas Utara)
3,918.05 223,531 252,084 260,720 Gunung Tua 0.692 (Medium)
Padang Lawas Regency 3,892.74 225,259 257,473 261,011 Sibuhuan 0.681 (Medium)
Mandailing Natal Regency 6,134.00 404,945 430,485 472,886 Panyabungan 0.665 (Medium)
Totals 35,990.24 2,759,017 2,960,865 3,189,658
Old Batak Village, or known as Bolon House (Rumah Bolon) in Simanindo
Maimoon Palace, a historical palace in Medan, it was used as a house for Deli Sultanate for a long time and still active till this day

East Sumatra RegionEdit

Bukit Lawang, tourist village at the bank of Bahorok River, Langkat
Name Area
Census 2010
Capital HDI[7]
2019 Estimates
Langkat Regency 6,262.00 967,535 1,012,739 1,030,202 Stabat 0.707 (High)
Binjai City 59.19 246,154 264,440 291,842 Binjai 0.758 (High)
Deli Serdang Regency 2,241.68 1,790,431 2,025,533 1,931,441 Lubukpakam 0.754 (High)
Medan City 265.00 2,097,610 2,209,139 2,435,252 Medan 0.809 (Very High)
Karo Regency 2,127.00 350,960 388,969 404,998 Kabanjahe 0.742 (High)
Simalungun Regency 4,369.00 817,720 848,940 990,246 Raya 0.729 (High)
Pematangsiantar City 55.66 234,698 247,219 268,254 Pematangsiantar 0.785 (High)
Serdang Bedagai Regency 1,900.22 594,383 608,484 657,490 Sei Rampah 0.702 (High)
Tebing Tinggi City 31.00 145,248 156,619 172,838 Tebing Tinggi 0.750 (High)
Batubara Regency 922.20 375,885 400,406 410,678 Limapuluh 0.683 (Medium)
Asahan Regency 3,702.21 668,272 705,734 769,960 Kisaran 0.699 (Medium)
Tanjungbalai City 107.83 154,445 166,782 176,027 Tanjungbalai 0.685 (Medium)
North Labuhan Batu Regency
(Labuhan Batu Utara)
3,570.98 330,701 350,783 381,994 Aek Kanopan 0.714 (High)
Labuhan Batu Regency 2,156.02 415,248 461,513 493,899 Rantau Prapat 0.719 (High)
South Labuhan Batu Regency
(Labuhan Batu Selatan)
3,596.00 277,673 313,343 314,094 Kota Pinang 0.713 (High)
Totals 31,365.99 9,466,963 10,160,643 10,729,215



North Sumatra recorded a population of 12,985,075 in the 2010 national census, making the 4th most populous province in Indonesia, with a sex ratio of 99.59 men per 100 women.[8] The 2015 Intermediate Census gave a total of 13,923,262, while the 2020 Census gave a total of 14,799,361.[5][1]

Historical population
1971 6,621,831—    
1980 8,360,894+26.3%
1990 10,256,027+22.7%
1995 11,114,667+8.4%
2000 11,649,655+4.8%
2010 12,982,204+11.4%
2015 13,923,262+7.2%
2020 14,799,361+6.3%
Source: Badan Pusat Statistik 2021

Ethnic groupsEdit

North Sumatra is a multi-ethnic province. The Malay people are regarded as the native people of this province. The Javanese reside around Deli Serdang Regency, including Medan, while the west coast of the province is mainly inhabited by Pakpak, Mandailing and Minangkabau people. The central region around Lake Toba, is predominantly inhabited by Bataks. The Nias people reside mostly in Nias Island and the surrounding islands. With the opening of tobacco plantations in East Sumatra during the Dutch East Indies era, the colonial government employed many contract labourers for plantations. The newcomers were Chinese and Indian migrants, who were welcomed in Sumatra.[citation needed]

Bataks make up 44.95% out of the population, including Batak Karo and Mandailing. The Javanese come second with 30.62%, the Malays add up to 5.92% and the ethnic Chinese comprise 5.75%. Nias people make up around 4.10% and the rest are Minangkabau (2.66%), Acehnese (1.27%), ethnic Indian (0.80%) and other ethnic groups (1.15%)[citation needed]

Distribution of the Batak people and the Toba, Simalungun, Karo, Pakpak, Angkola and Mandailing sub-groups

The distribution of the tribes, clans, and ethnic groups in North Sumatra is as follows:[citation needed]


In general, the widely used language is Indonesian. The Malays around Deli Serdang and Langkat mostly speak Malay language, which is similar to Peraknese Malay language. The Javanese people, especially around rural and plantation areas, use Javanese in daily conversation, while the urban Javanese mostly speak Indonesian.[citation needed]

The Batak people speak Bataknese, which is divided into four dialects (Silindung, Samosir, Humbang and Toba), while Batak Karo people use Karo language and the Batak Mandailing people around South Tapanauli, Padang Lawas and Mandailing Natal speak Mandailing language. Nias language is spoken among Nias people.[citation needed]

Mostly ethnic Chinese in North Sumatra are fluent in Hokkien with Zhangzhou dialect mixed with Malay/Bataknese/Indonesian words, while for Chinese around Labuhan Batu area using Quanzhou dialect that has similarity with Bagansiapiapi Hokkien. The small Teochew and Hainanese speakers are also exist. Majority Indians in and around Medan speaks Tamil. The Acehnese people speak Aceh and Gayo language.[citation needed]


Religion in North Sumatra (2021)

  Islam (63.36%)
  Protestantism (26.66%)
  Roman catholic (7.33%)
  Buddhism (2.43%)
  Hinduism (0.10%)
  Parmalim, Pemena, Confucianism and others (0.12%)

More than 95 percent out of all residents are either Muslim or Christian; the remainder are Buddhists, Hindus, or follow folk religions such as Confucians, Parmalim, and Taoists. These are the recognized religions of North Sumatra:

  • Islam: especially embraced by the Malays, Minangkabau, Javanese, Aceh, Mandailing, Angkola, and partly Toba, Karo, Simalungun and Pakpak
  • Christianity (Protestantism and Catholicism): especially embraced by Batak Toba, Karo, Simalungun, Nias, Pakpak and partly Batak Angkola, Chinese and Indian
  • Buddhism: mainly embraced by Chinese in urban areas
  • Confucianism, Taoism and Chinese folk religion: predominantly embraced by Chinese in urban areas
  • Hinduism and Sikhism: especially embraced by Indian in urban areas, there are also small Batak Karo people that practising Hinduism in rural areas
  • Traditional religion such as Parmalim/Pemena: embraced by most of the Batak tribe centered in Huta Tinggi, Laguboti district, Toba Samosir Regency



North Sumatra is rich in natural resources such as natural gas in the area of Tandam, Binjai and petroleum in Pangkalan Brandan, Langkat which has been explored since the days of the Dutch East Indies. Besides that, in Kuala Tanjung, Asahan, there are the company named PT Inalum (abbreviated of Indonesia Aluminium) that engaged in ore mining and smelting of aluminium which is the only one in Southeast Asia.

The rivers that disgorge in the mountains around Lake Toba is also a natural resource that is potential enough to be an exploited to resource of hydropower plants. Asahan hydropower which is the largest hydropower plant in Sumatra Island is located on Porsea in Toba Samosir Regency.

Moreover, in the mountains there are many geothermal hot spots were very likely to be developed as a source of thermal energy or steam that can then be transformed into electrical energy.

Agriculture and farmingEdit

Inside of Palm Oil Estate of Serdang Bedagai Regency

The province is famous for its plantation area, until now, the plantation economy of the province remains to be excellent. The plantations are managed by private companies and the state. SOE Plantation area is located in North Sumatra, among others PT Perkebunan Nusantara II (PTPN II), PTPN IV and PTPN III.

Besides North Sumatra is also famous for its plantation area. Until now, the plantation economy of the province remains to be excellent. The plantations are managed by private companies also the state. North Sumatra produces rubber, cocoa, tea, palm oil, coffee, cloves, coconut, cinnamon, and tobacco. The plantation is spread in East coast area such as Deli Serdang, Serdang Bedagai Langkat, Simalungun, Asahan, Labuhan Batu, and also around west coast: Central and South Tapanuli.

Paddy field in Ambarita village, Simanindo, Samosir Island
  • The size of rice farming. In 2005 the total area of 807.302 hectares of crops stay, or down about 16.906 hectares compared to 2004 reaching vast 824.208 hectares. The productivity of rice plants in 2005 was able to be increased to 43.49 quintals per hectare ranges from 2004 are still 43.13 quintals per hectare, and the rice crop fields change into 26.26 quintals of 24.73 quintals per hectare. In 2005, the rice surplus in North Sumatra reached 429 tons from about 1/2/27 million tonnes of total rice production in this area.
  • The size of rubber plantations. In 2002 the total area of rubber plantations in Sumatra is 489.491 hectares with a production of 443.743 tonnes. While in 2005, the area under rubber decreased or stayed 477,000 hectares with production also dropped to only 392,000 tons.
  • Irrigation: The size of technical irrigation entirely in North Sumatra is 132.254 ha that covers an area of 174 irrigation site. A total of 96.823 ha at 7 Irrigation area is very critical damage.
  • Agricultural Products: North Sumatra produces rubber, cocoa, tea, palm oil, coffee, cloves, coconut, cinnamon, and tobacco. These commodities have been exported to many countries and contributing huge foreign exchange for Indonesia. In addition to commodities, North Sumatra is also known as a producer of horticultural commodities (vegetables and fruits); e.g. Medanese Orange, Deli Guava, Cabbage Vegetable, Tomato, Potato and Carrot generated by Karo, Simalungun and North Tapanuli. The horticultural products have been exported to Malaysia and Singapore.

Sumatra Mandheling and Sumatra Lintong coffee beans are grown in North Sumatra and largely exported to the United States. Mandheling is named after the similarly spelt Mandailing people located in North Sumatra, Indonesia. The name is the result of a misunderstanding by the first foreign purchaser of the variety, and no coffee is actually produced in the "Mandailing region". Lintong on the other hand, is named after the Lintong district, also located in North Sumatra.


In addition to national banks, state banks and international banks, currently there are 61 units of Credited Peoples Banks (BPR) and 7 Credited Sharia Bank (BPRS). Data from Bank Indonesia showed, in January 2006, the Third Party Funds (TPF), which absorbed BPR reached Rp253,366,627,000 (around US$19 million) and loans reached Rp260.152.445.000 (around US$19.5 million). While assets reached Rp340,880,837,000 (US$25.5 million).


There are three leading mining company in North Sumatra:

  • Sorikmas Mining (SMM), main base around South Tapanauli with gold as main commodity
  • Newmont Horas Nauli (PTNHN).
  • Dairi Prima Mineral


North Sumatra has several industrial sites, mainly around Deli Serdang. Medan Industrial Area (Indonesian: Kawasan Industri Medan) stands for KIM is the main industrial complex in Medan.

Sei Mangkei Industrial AreaEdit

Sei Mangkei Industrial Area, also known as Sei Mangkei - Integrated Sustainable Palm Oil Cluster (SM-ISPOIC), is located in Simalungun Regency and was formally opened on 12 June 2010. Four companies have joined in this area, with investment costs totaling up to Rp1.5 trillion ($176 million).[9][10] In April 2011, three other companies also joined in the Sei Mangkei area. They are Procter & Gamble Co for making CPO derivatives of cosmetic raw materials, Ferrostaal AG and Fratelli Gianazza SpA.

Export and ImportEdit

North Sumatra export performance is likely to increase from year to year. In 2004 the foreign exchange earnings reached US$4.24 billion, up 57.72% from the previous year from the sector.

Coffee exports from North Sumatra reached a record high of 46.290 tonnes with Japan's main export destination countries during the last five years. Sumatra coffee exports also listed as the top 10 highest export products with a value of US$3.25 million or 47200.8 tons from January to October 2005.

Of the garment sector, garment exports tend to fall in January 2006. The results of special apparel industry down 42.59% from US$1,066,124 in 2005, to US$2,053 in 2006 in the same month.

Import export performance of some industrial products showed a decline. Namely furniture fell 22.83% from US$558,363 (2005) to US$202,630 (2006), plywood down 24.07 percent from US$19,771 to US$8,237, misteric acid down 27.89% from US$115,362 into US$291,201, stearic acid dropped 27.04% from US$792,910 to US$308,020, and soap noodles down 26% from US$689,025 to US$248,053.

Export performance of agricultural imports also decreased the essential oil dropped 18 percent from US$162,234 to US$773,023, seafood / shrimp, coconut oil and robusta coffee also dropped quite dramatically to 97 per cent. Some commodities were increased (a value of over US $ Million) is cocoa, horticulture, arabica coffee, palm oil, natural rubber, seafood (non shrimp). For the results of the molding industry, vehicle tires and rubber gloves.


North Sumatra has lots of travel destinations. According to Ministry of Tourism, North Sumatra is ranked on the top 10 most visited province in Indonesia. There are various kinds of tourist destinations that could be found throughout the province, Berastagi is best known as a hilly place with a cooler temperature as the whole province is in tropical region. Lake Toba is also a popular travel destination. Toba is a large volcanic lake which has an island inside of it, Samosir Island. Nias Island and other several islands nearby named Batu Islands is a popular spot for surfing. The capital itself, Medan, has many places of interest, mainly for its historical sites. The city is also known for its variety of cuisine. The list below is the most known places of interest in North Sumatra:

Sipisopiso, North Sumatra
Surfing in Tello Island, Nias
  • Medan is the capital of North Sumatra province with a diverse crowd population of tribes and religions in unity. There are many historical tourist objects to spot and various great cuisine to taste in Medan.
  • Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. Located in the centre of North Sumatra, the lake can be reached via Parapat (Simalungun regency), Tongging (Karo regency), and Balige (Toba Samosir regency).
  • Samosir Island is a volcanic island in middle of Lake Toba, It is a popular tourist destination due to its exotic Batak history and the vistas it offers. The tourist resorts are concentrated in the Tuktuk, Tomok, Simanindo, and Pangururan areas.
  • Bukit Lawang known for the largest animal sanctuary of Sumatran orangutan (around 5,000 orangutans occupy the area), and also the main access point to the Gunung Leuser National Park from the east side.
  • Nias Island is an island off the western coast of Sumatra. Nias is an internationally popular surfing destination where many international surfing competitions are held. The best known surfing area is Sorake Bay, close to the town of Teluk Dalam, on the southern tip. This is enclosed by the beaches of Lagundri and Sorake. Tourists can visit the island by plane from Medan, or by ferry from Sibolga.
  • Bawomataluo village is a settlement in Teluk Dalam of the South Nias Regency of Indonesia. The village was built on a flat-topped hill, the name Bawomataluo meaning "Sun Hill", and is one of the best-preserved villages built in traditional style.[11]
  • Berastagi is a small highland town located 63 kilometres to the south of Medan, and is a popular weekend destination for city dwellers due to its chilled and fresh mountain air.
  • Dolok Tinggi Raja has a unique soil colour is white because it is located in a limestone hill that resembles snow, and also in the middle of this area there are lakes with hot blue-green coloured water, located in Tinggi Raja, Simalungun.
  • Lumbini Natural Park is a Buddhist Theravada-style temple that is similar to Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar located in Berastagi.
  • Dua Warna Waterfall is a two-coloured waterfall located in Sibolangit, around 30 km from Medan city.
  • Poncan Island is a resort including a beach, located on west offshore of Sibolga city.
  • Berhala Island is a 2.5 hectares island located in the Malaka Strait near the boundary of Indonesia and Malaysia. It is a popular place for snorkeling and watching turtle nesting. Visitors can reach the island via boat from Sergei in the Serdang Bedagai regency.
  • Sipisopiso, one of the highest waterfalls in Indonesia, is located near Tongging in Karo regency, about 1 hour drive from Berastagi.
  • Simalem Resort, is a 5 star resort located around 8 km from Munthe village, Karo Regency. This place is the good place for sightseeing the whole Lake Toba from top of the hill.
  • Taman Iman, Indonesian name for The Garden of Faith located in Sitinjo village, Dairi around 10 km away from Sidikalang, it is a religious garden with dioramas from 5 religion of Indonesia (Islam, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Confucian).
A Bahal Buddhist temple, an archaeological site in Padang Lawas, North Sumatra
  • Bahal temple, an ancient Buddhist monastery located in Padang Bolak, Padang Lawas Regency, around 3 hours journey with car from Padangsidempuan. The temple is believed to be constructed between the 11th to 13th century AD.
  • Sigura-Gura Waterfall located in Porsea, Toba Samosir Regency, this is a waterfall that has a height that reaches 250 metres.
  • Rahmat International Wildlife Museum and Gallery, is a natural history museum in Medan. The museum displays various taxidermy collections of wildlife from the smallest to the largest according to the habitat.
  • Tangkahan is a tourist site situated at the edge of the Gunung Leuser national park, around 20 km due north from Bukit Lawang, The main tourist draw at Tangkahan is the presence of Sumatran elephant.[12]
  • Salib Kasih, Indonesian name for Love Cross, located in Tarutung. The development objective of this cross-shaped monument is to commemorate the service and dedication of Dr. Ludwig Ingwer Nommensen which is a missionary from northern Germany. This Parks built on Dolok (Hill) Siatas Barita.[13]
  • Lingga is one of the village in the Karo Regency. Located at an altitude of about 1200 m above sea level, approximately 15 km from Brastagi and 5 km from the Kabanjahe. Linga is unique Karo traditional house and village that has been built an estimated of 250 years ago, but still sturdy.
  • Tanjungbalai is an old city situated approximately 180 km from Medan, the capital city of Sumatera Utara. In fact, it holds the last train station from the capital city. You can enjoy range of seafood and modern dishes at traditional restaurants and modern ones. The town boasts its sea produces such as fish and clams in various species. There is some sections of this town that still bears historical building established in the Dutch colonial. The cost to come to this town is the cheapest by train spending around 4 hours. You can either do a day trip or stay for a week to get a better look at the once busiest Dutch financial district in the east coast of Sumatera Utara.[14][better source needed]



Exterior of Kualanamu International Airport, Deli Serdang

The modern Kualanamu International Airport was opened on July 25, 2013 and is located almost 40 kilometres from Medan. The airport replaces the old Polonia International Airport.[15] It serves flights to several Indonesian and Malaysian cities, along with flights to Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Saudi Arabia. In passenger numbers, Kualanamu is the fifth largest airport in Indonesia.

Other airports in North Sumatra are:


North Sumatra has an international seaport at Belawan, near Medan and is now preparing to have a new seaport at Kuala Tanjung, in Batubara Regency, for about Rp1 trillion ($114 million) budget.[16]


Tanjung Morawa toll gate, in Deli Serdang, part of Belmera toll road

In North Sumatra, there is 2098.05 kilometres down a state-road, which pertained only steady 1095.70 kilometres or 52.22 percent and 418.60 kilometres or 19.95 percent in a state of being, remaining in a state of disrepair. While of 2752.41 kilometres of provincial roads, which is in a state of steady length 1237.60 kilometres or 44.96 per cent, while in a state of being 558.46 kilometres, or 20.29 percent. As damaged roads length 410.40 kilometres, or 14.91 percent, and the damaged length 545.95 kilometres, or 19.84 percent.

There are 28 km toll road in named as Belmera Toll Road in Medan, connecting from Belawan to Tanjungmorawa, passing east side of the city, the government also on going to built a 62 km Medan–Kualanamu–Tebing Tinggi Toll Road and 17 km Medan–Binjai Toll Road. A project to built toll road from Tebing Tinggi to Parapat and also from Tebing Tinggi to Kisaran also in proportion.


Regional Division I North Sumatra and Aceh or Divre I is regional railway from Aceh to North Sumatra operated by Kereta Api Indonesia, but only in-operation railway are from Binjai to Medan (Sri Lelawangsa), Medan to Pematangsiantar (Siantar Express), Medan to Tanjungbalai (Putri Deli) and Medan to Rantau Parapat (Sribilah), there are an underconstruction rail way to Banda Aceh in Aceh province also to Pekanbaru, Riau province. Medan also has it first airport rail link in Indonesia, called Kualanamu Airport Rail Link. It connects the city to Kualanamu Airport.

See alsoEdit


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  4. ^ Sejarah Pemerintah Provinsi Sumatra Utara
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  13. ^ Tempat wisata di Sumatra Utara
  14. ^ Tanjungbalai_(city)
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  16. ^ North Sumatra to have new seaport

External linksEdit

  • North Sumatra Government