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“Beautiful Castle”
Review of Maimun Palace

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Private Half-Day Tour of Medan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Castle”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

It's a huge mansion or castle with huge yards. The yard is clean but be careful with where you step because dog poos were everywhere. It's a great place for photo shoot

Visited May 2013
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South East England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

There was not much to see here. We paid 5000 IDR each for the privilege of looking around one poorly maintained room which housed several tacky souvenir shops. You have to take off your shoes before entering but, the floor is dirty, so wear socks. It was not worth the effort (or the dirty feet!). You do not need more than 15 minutes to see this place.

Visited April 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Historical place to visit”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Very nice palace. There is a person-in-charge who explained us the history of Sultan Deli's family. We manage to took some photos and understand the history of Sultan Deli.

Visited April 2013
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Gladesville, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
465 reviews
261 attraction reviews
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“The sultan & his big house”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Dutch people built the Maimoon Palace for the sultan of Deli because his small hut was getting very crowded. The colourful palace in 1891 would have impressed many of the farmers & cows, giving the sultan a very big smile. The Dutch really liked the way pepper tasted, always talking about it so the sultan let them stay to grow more. Dutch people who were always very angry didn’t like living in Medan because it was always very hot or wet but they did like women & paying Sumatrans very little money for all their hard work. These things made angry Dutch people very happy.

The sultan of Deli really liked his big house so he continued to let the angry Dutch people treat his own people poorly. The sultan really liked being a big man, so decided to let people build him more things, he thought it was very nice of them. A rich Chinese man built the sultan The Grand Mosque of Medan, this Chinese man went on to become even richer. On the street this is known as a bribe but in business it is called an investment. The sultan enjoyed investing into his future.

The angry Dutch also did not like the British who were doing the same thing to Malays just across the Straits of Malacca, in Malaysia. They fought a lot over everything & just couldn’t seem to be happy living near each other.

The current sultan is a 16 year old teenager & like many 16 year olds, he likes Facebook & women just like the Dutch. Today the sultans of Indonesia have no more political power, their time has come & gone like the wind. Nowadays, investment goes directly to the politicians, military generals & police who all live in big houses.

Visited February 2013
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Krungthep Mahanakorn
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“Poorly Maintained”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

One of Medan's best known landmark, this run-down palace has about 30 rooms (some still inhabited) but only the throne room is open to tourists so allocate no more than 15 minutes for a glimpse of the bygone era.

Shoes need to be removed but the palace is poorly maintained so please wear socks.

Visited March 2013
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