Around Banda Aceh
Banda Aceh is the capital of Aceh and also the main gate­way to the province. The Governor's Residence, was built by the Dutch in 1880 on the spot where the palace of the sultan once stood. This building is known as one of the historical sites with a unique architecture and completed with traditional house equipments. This place is of course a restricted area and entering it must he with a kind of Permission from the security guard.

Baiturrahman Grand Mosque
Is one of the most outstand­ing landmarks in the capital city. The old mosque that stood there before it was burnt down at the beginning of the Aceh War, was rebuilt in 1875, taking its present shape after a number of renovations and expansions.

Museum Negeri
Is another charm of the city. The museum is filled with antiques. Among the exhibits is a big clock, a gift from t e Emperor of China and brought to Aceh by the famed Admiral Cheng Ho in 1414.

Gunongan and Pinto Khop
Which are located at a few steps from the Pendopo are also charms of the city. Gunongan was erected around the 16th century during the reign of Sultan Iskandar Muda.

Kerkhop or Churchyard
Is a much visited site especially by Dutch visitor where the remains of more then 2,000 Dutch soldiers lie burried.

The Syiah Kuala Grave
Is another popular visitor's object. Teungku Syiah Kuala was one of Aceh's great Moslem Ulamas of the past. His grave stands near the mouth of Krueng Aceh River about 2 kilometers from the city, visited by local visitors and other parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.

Indra Patra Fortress
This old fort was built during the time of Iskandar Muda. It probably functioned as a defence against invader's attacks.

See also Bali, the famoust place in Indonesia


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