Maimun Palace is a legacy of the famous Deli Kingdom and an icon of Medan. Yellow, the typical color of Malay, dominates the building. Ferari, an architect from Italy, designed the palace and Sultan Makmun Al Rasyid Perkasa Alamsyah built it in 1888. The cultural site has an area of 2,772 square meters (30,000 sq ft) and 30 rooms. To see it on the map, click here.
Maimun Palace combines elements of Malay cultural heritage with Islamic, Spanish, Indian and Italian styles. Its unique interior plus its old age adds to a high historical value of this property. The building consists of 2 floors with three parts of the main building, the left wing, and the right wing. You can see the various collections of the Sultanate Deli in the palace. A variety of furniture, weapons, and other items that used to belong to another sultanate are there, too. Also, this mansion is a venue for various ceremonies in Medan. Among the unique heritage is a broken cannon. The weapon is named Indera Sakti who, according to legend, is one of two brothers of Puteri Hijau, the Deli princess.
What to Expect
You can visit this attraction every day, from Monday to Sunday. Entrance fee is Rp 5,000 per person. The museum performs traditional Malay music live sometimes. In addition to seeing various items of heritage, you can pretend ‘narcissistic’ by wearing the available aristocrat clothes. The museum charges a rental fee for the clothes at a tariff ranging from Rp15,000 to Rp30,000 each. You can also meet with the Sultan’s family because his descendants still live in the building.