Medan Grand Mosque
Medan Grand Mosque
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Anne clarie
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A historical mosque built in 1800's. It located in the center of medan city. You can find it near the maimun palace. If you are in medan city, you have to visit this mosque especially if you like oriental architecture.
Written February 18, 2020
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fozjon
Jaipur, India1,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
this is a beautiful structure. Staff working there were friendly and didn't hassle us about going in to see the mosque just after Friday prayers had ended. They did request a small donation from us as an entrance fee and did put a sarong on me since I was wearing knee length shorts and did cover my wife's hair. The little food places around the mosque were also quite interesting
Written July 3, 2023
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Joshua R
Doncaster, UK26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
amazing masjif a great place to pray i really loved the whole experience very spiritual i felt very sorry for beggars on the entrance poor people only 5000IDR to get in/

great place to visit
Written February 7, 2014
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LOIWY
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
When you entered the mosque you have to write on the visitor's book and you have to write how much you want to donate. I am fine with that as part of donation. You can a group of beggar squatting around the entrance and asking for money. I am fine too but who dares to give when there are too many around.

As you about to enter the building itself there kids around asking you to remove shoes before entering the prayer hall. I am fine with that and I respect that too. But if the kids offered u to put your shoes inside the building and not leaving outside the stairs be ready to give a force donation and they demand IDR5K.

After the shoes, when u about to step to the mosque a gentlemen approached you and demand that he is the guide for the mosque and u kind of have to listen to it. Even I rejects it, he insists I must listen his guide. Thus, as a gesture of polite, I just accept. BUT.... There is a catch he is expecting a fees for it even u initially don't keen to have a guide. This is like a daylight robbery !!! When I pay him IDR5K, he complained too low and he said he usually got paid IDR20K. He wants to return back to me and I said is fine and if he doesn't want it please put into the donation box at the main entrance of the prayer hall. Deep inside my mind, firstly there is no sign I need to pay any guide fees. Secondly, is he really an official guide in the mosque. No one knows as I don't see any badge or ID's. Thirdly, I have upfront I don't need a guide but he insisted it.

Despite, the series of indirect money from tourist, the mosques moorish architecture, marbles and window glasses are stunning.

I hope the mosque authority should monitor all the above else you can drive tourist away.
Written July 17, 2014
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datin_tan
Penang Island, Malaysia467 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Family
Just visited the place 2 days ago, with my parents, husband and kids.

1) Have to pay fee to enter the mosque, if not mistaken IDR5,000 per head.
2) Some beggers are sitting at the entrance asking for donation.
3) Visitors are requested to take off their shoes upon entering the building. When you claim your shoes, the people expect for some $$.
4) An old man approched me when I enter the building, telling me the stories and history of the mosque. To be frank I'm not interested and all my family members are not interest and they all run away, but I did not reject him because I think this is inpolite but I was wrong. I gave him IDR5,000 but he said the amount is too small and could not buy anything.
5) Parking fee

The place has not much things to see and we all left in about 10 minutes (but pay several time). I have not even take a single picture at this place. Feel dissapointed.
Written October 31, 2013
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The_Pale_Ridah
Gladesville, Australia1,959 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
The Al Mashun Grand Mosque of Medan aka Masjid Raya is a major landmark of Northern Sumatra that has a quiet charm about it that requires a little bit of time to appreciate. Many people raised in the world of 2-minute noodles, cheap internet porn & Chinese-made electronics expect the world to amaze & wow their senses, all within the 15 mins they spend somewhere. Designed by Dutch architects in North African-Moorish flavour, the Masjid Raya features marble columns from Italy, chandeliers from France, an old clock from The Netherlands & stained glass art-nouveau style windows from Shanghai, China, if this doesn’t impress you, your probably just too posh.

The initial design was started by a Christian, who was later transferred to help restore the magnificent Buddhist complex at Borobudur. Built in Moroccan-Moorish style with touches of Dutch character, Medan’s Grand Mosque features an unusual design noticeably different from most traditional mosques. It utilises geometric shapes in its layout which are connected to one another. These can be seen as you first set eyes on it or walk thru the hallways. There are 4 symmetrical octagonal entry halls topped by black domes linked by hallways & illuminated by natural light. The sense of space & proportion are very evident here. The walls & windows are decorated by these geometric shapes which are multiplied in exact size. The halls have access to the inner chamber under the main dome which is supported by 8 large pillars, again in an octagon shape. Today the Masjid Raya is a little worse for wear, tiles are cracked & even some of the beautiful stained glass have shattered but it still has an overall visual impact. More importantly the design has survived without any modifications to its original form.The interior is very ordinary but that’s what happens when religious scholars choose the carpet design.

Constructed in 1906, built by the Sultan of Medan, the Grand Mosque was mostly paid for by the fat cat merchant Tjong A Fie, the real king of Medan. Employing more than 10,000 people across his businesses, he pretty much had the biggest gang around. Tjong A Fie gained much from building the Grand Mosque, he became revered by the people, received favours from the sultan & strengthened his iron fist in business & power with the Dutch around North Sumatra in order to stack more gold. The Grand Mosque enhanced the sultan’s own prestige & ego amongst the region’s other rulers. Ironically, this place of spirituality & worship was originally used for profit, power & social politics, cornerstones of greed & people with gold teeth.
Written March 28, 2013
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Livi H
Bedford, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The mosque is beautiful, we did not go inside (there was a ceremony happening). A lovely local man told us that we were welcome to go in after the ceremony, but we were happy to admire from the outside.
Written July 22, 2019
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Nikki
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Its a nice and interesting mosque only if you know the history of the place. At first we are not sure whether we are allow into the mosque so we just took some photos from outside. Guards at the entrance saw us and told us that we can go in and we had to sign a visitor book and they asked for a donation (any amount). The guards are quite friendly and borrowed us shawl as headcover. There is another guy standing with the guards and chatted with us. When we went in, he told us that he is the person in charge of this mosque and he offered to show us around. Even though we can speak Bahasa, he keep insisting to speak English with us. To be fair, he did quite a good commentary of the mosque and the history. When we are done, he asked for money / tipping. I said we have already donated before we came in and now he said that got nothing to do with him as he is not part of the mosque. When we try to walk away, he turned nasty and keep harassing us for money. In the end, we gave him a small tipping but he refused it and wanted more so we had to pay more so that we can get out. To visit this place, please wear modestly and appropriately. Beware of people trying to offer you to bring you around the place unless you are willing to pay them and negotiate for a price before starting the tour.
Written February 27, 2019
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Marc W
Weymouth, UK1,949 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
This is the largest Mosque in Medan, it's a very beautiful building on the outside but to be honest it's not so impressive inside. I've seen various mosques in various countries across the world in the last few years and this one lacks the wow factor.
But it is nice to see and embrace the religion and cultures in the countries that we visit.
I had to cover my legs to enter the premises and we had a guide to show us around, I'm not sure how he found us but somewhere between the entrance and the shoe store he appeared!!
Our little tour was over and done with in about 40 mins. So it's not going to take up much of your day.
In theory it was only a 40 min walk from our hotel but with non existent pavements and after trying to walk in the road we used Tuk Tuks to get to and from the mosque (there's always plenty outside waiting around). But be careful, most people here are extremely friendly towards English tourists but some will try to rip you off with their fares so be prepared to haggle well and walk away if needs be.
Written November 21, 2017
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Rob Y
Melbourne, Australia46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Spent an hour inside the Mosque with a local guide and we learned a lot about the religion and meaning behind the structure. Beautiful inside and well worth the visit. A small tip to the guide was appreciated. We certainly appreciated his time and description of an important building.
Written April 8, 2015
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