The capital city of Aceh Province is famous as the oldest Islamic city in Southeast Asia. A lot of history believe that the teachings of Islam in the archipelago originated from this city. Up until now, Banda Aceh is still carrying out Islamic Sharia law in all aspects of people's lives. Not only that, the city was once the capital of the Aceh Sultanate. That is why Banda Aceh was nicknamed "Bumi Serambi Mekkah".
Due to its very strong role in the development of Islam in the archipelago, the city is home to various historical sites. Therefore, the most popular tourist attraction in Banda Aceh comes from sites that highlight religious values.
Flight tickets to Banda Aceh are currently available from various leading airlines in the country. Airplane travel to and from Banda Aceh is specifically served by Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport. The airport also serves international routes to and from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Phuket. In 2016, the airport was awarded as the World's Best Airport for Halal Travelers from the World Halal Tourism Awards.
Banda Aceh City is perfect for anyone who wants to recognize Islam more deeply. The best destinations are:
Location: Masjid Raya, Kampung Baru, Baiturrahman, Banda Aceh.
The number one religious tourist destination in Banda Aceh is a testament to the glory of Islam in Aceh. Many people claim it as a mosque with the most beautiful architectural style in the country. Only by standing in the center of the mosque alone, people can immediately feel its grandeur and majesty. The architectural style combines the nuances of the Mughal Awakening with a touch of the Netherlands, China and Belgium.
Location: Jalan Sultan Mahmudsyah nomor 10, Peuniti, Baiturrahman, Banda Aceh.
Established since 1915, this museum is an Aceh Traditional House built with Islamic philosophy. The appearance of this stage house from outside is still like before, with dark colors and strikingly distinctive ornaments. Inside, there are various collections of pre-historic era cultural relics from indigenous tribes in Aceh. One of the most intriguing collections is Donya's Chakra Bell which is said to be 1,400 years old.
Location: Sukaramai, Baiturrahman, Banda Aceh.
Many tourists buy plane tickets to Banda Aceh with the main goal of setting foot in this museum. This educational tourism object is dedicated to commemorate the events of the tsunami that devastated Aceh in 2004. Visitors can see the depiction of the natural disaster in real, as well as see some documentation of the event.
The city of Banda Aceh also has several spots for pamper tongue and stomach. The three leading names for culinary tourism in this city are:
Location: Jalan Panglima Polem nomor 83 - 85, Peunayong, Kuta Alam.
Open every day, 11:00 - 23:00 WIB (Friday opens at 2:00).
TripAdvisor included this simple dining place as number 1 restaurant in Banda Aceh. The main menu here is a variety of Mie Aceh which are famous for its spicy and savory. Every day, this restaurant is filled with local residents to tourists from various regions who want to enjoy the superior menu, namely Aceh Fried Noodle with crabs.
Location: Jalan Laksamana Malahayati, Lamnyong, Banda Aceh.
Open every day, 10:00 - 21:00 WIB.
This food stall is the most popular destination for tourists who want to experience a variety of Acehnese food in one place. The featured menu that always makes people addicted is Ayam Tangkap, Ayam Panas, dan Sie Kameng Masak Aceh (Aceh Goat Curry). A special dish which is also a mandatory menu here is Pliek’U which is made from processed cow skin mixed with green chili, onion, melinjo leaves, and grated dry coconut.
Location: Bandara Sultan Iskandar Muda, Paya-Ue, Jalan Blang Bintang Lama, Kabupaten Aceh Besar.
Open every day, 09:00 - 17:00 WIB.
This shop serves Ayam Pramugari, which is chicken fried in special spices, which briefly reminds people of Ayam Tangkap. Another interesting menu that must be tried at Rumah Makan Aditya Jaya is goat curry and chicken curry. The name "Ayam Pramugari" itself is given by restaurant customers, mainly because this place is often visited by flight attendants from Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport.