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Trip Planner Asia  /  Indonesia  /  Sumatra  /  North Sumatra  /  Medan
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Medan is the capital of the North Sumatra province in Indonesia. Located on the northern coast, Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia behind Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bandung; and the largest Indonesian city outside Java. The city is bordered by the Deli Serdang Regency to the east, south and west, and the Strait of Malacca to the north.The city was known as Deli when it was developed by Dutch tobacco commerce after the establishment of the Deli Company. The Deli Railway was established for shipping. Rubber, tea, timber, palm oil, and sugar industries followed.Medan has been dubbed by the Dutch as Parijs van Soematra because of its resemblance to Paris during the era of the Dutch occupation. While Lamudi a worldwide real estate portal categorized Medan as one of the six cities in Asia which has many old buildings such as Medan Capitol Building (Balai Kota Medan) and Medan Great Mosque accompanied with its metropolitan city, rich of its history and culture.EtymologyBased on the diary of the Portuguese merchant in the early 16th century, it stated that the name of Medan was actually derived from Medina which is the holiest city in Saudi Arabia, known as Midan (ميدان). However, other sources indicated that the name of Medan actually came from Indian Hindi language word "Maidan" (मैदान) meaning "ground" or "land". One of the Karo-Indonesia dictionary written by Darwin Prinst SH published in 2002 wrote that Medan could also be defined as "recover" or "be better".
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