One of the provinces in the western Indonesia with its capital city is Medan. The biggest city outside Java Island, Medan ranked as the 3rd metropolis cities in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. Thus, makes Medan as one of the MICE destination in Indonesia. Besides having a wonderful culture, Medan also have the infrastructure to holds conference or exhibition. There is a Convention Hall that can accommodate up to 3000 people, and more than a hundred hotels to choose for the visitors to stay.
Universal home, just like others, North Sumatra is a multi-ethnic province which becomes the place for Batak, Java, Tionghoa, Melayu, and Indian descent to live. It makes a diverse culture blend in one place and creates a beautiful harmony, shows us another example that we can live together peacefully even in a diverse environment.
Accompanying them, there are many traditional arts that their origins are from Medan, one of them is Gondang Batak, a music instrument that played by hitting on it. Tor-Tor the traditional dance is accompanied by Gondang. So, if you watch TorTor dance, you definitely will hear tunes from Gondang Batak too, look and listen closely. The dance in a deeper context is a communication platform for the people there, that every move has its own meaning. Then we also have Ulos, a world renowned loom from North Sumatera. Like batik, Ulos also have a wide variety of patterns which have their own respective meaning. It’s also used by Tortor dancer, means you will be able to see all three traditional arts from North Sumatra in one performance.
There is one thing that also unique in Medan, it is ‘becak motor’, a public transport that characterized by a combination of motor engine and becak. Usually in some area, becak is manually paddled but here in Medan they use motor to drive it easier.