The conference venue is located in Lhokseumawe. There are many fascinating places to visit in Lhokseumawe and its neghboring district, Aceh Utara. Aceh Tengah is another district not so far from Lhokseumawe that has wonderful tourism spots to visit. To reach Aceh Tengah district, It takes 2.5 hours by land transportation from Lhokseumawe via Jalan KKA, or 4 hours if you go via Bireuen district.
LHOKSEUMAWE AND ACEH UTARA
- Islamic Centre
The center for Islamic studies and development or known as the Islamic Centre (Al-Markazul Islami), is located in the center of Lhokseumawe city. It is a new icon of Samudra Pase, as well as landmark of Lhokseumawe, and is developed as the center to re-establish the glory of Islamic civilization during First Islamic Kingdom in Southeast Asia.
Islamic Center was built as an effort to restore the function of the mosque as the centre of Islamic civilization.The history has taught us how important the role of mosque for Muslim’s life.
- Ujung Blang Beach
Ujung Blang beach is one among many famous beaches which became the pride of the people in Lhokseumawe. This beach stretch from Kuala Cangkoi river, and it covers four region of Ujung Blang village, Ulee Jalan village, Hagu Barat Laut village, and Hagu Tengah village. It is one of tourist attractions that has beautiful scenary with a long coastline that faces the Indian Ocean, the blue sea water, calm waves and soft sand beach. This beach can be reached within 15 minutes by car from Lhokseumawe.
- Bukit Goa Jepang
Bukit Goa Jepang is a tourist spot in Lhokseumawe that was opened for public in the mid of 2015 located in Blang Panyang village. It takes 10 minutes by car or motorbike from Lhokseumawe to get to this place. The cave was built during Japanese colonial period. Bukit Goa Jepang offers incredible views of the blue ocean and the view of village from the top of the hill. To get to this place, visitors will be charged for entrance fee of Rp. 5000, –
- Rancong Beach and Pulau Semadu
Rancong beach is located next to Pulo Seumadu. They become popular places for nature sightseeing in Lhokseumawe. These places are suitable for recreational purpose for family because they have shaddy trees, cafes and they offer the beautiful panorama for the visitors.
Rancong Beach and Pulo Seumadu are located at Muara Satu district, not far from housing complex of PT. Arun . The distance is about 12 km from Lhokseumawe, passing through Banda Aceh-Medan national road.
- Waduk Jeulikat
Waduk Jeulikat ( Jeulikat reservoir) is located in Jeulikat Village, Blang Mangat Subdistrict, Lhokseumawe, North Aceh. The location of the Reservoir is about 7 km from Lhokseumawe. Jeulikat Reservoir is a relatively new tourist attraction in North Aceh as it was just inaugurated as a tourist attraction last year. People can relax here while enjoying the panorama. There are many good spots for taking photographs here. Visitors can also enjoy the reservoir by boat. There are many local food vendors here too. This area also provides cottages and benches for the visitors to relax.
- Cut Meutia Traditional House
Cut Mutia is one of the heroins from North Aceh who played important role as a leader during Dutch colonialism from the year 1890-1990 M. She actively led and set the strategy of war from this house. Her house was made as a museum to honor her great devotion for the nation. Cut Meutia’s house is located at Masjid Pirak village, subdistrict of Matangkuli, North Aceh. It is approximately 33 km from lhokseumawe. This house is one of the attractions in North Aceh that you can visit while learning about the history of Aceh.
- Blang Kulam Waterfall
Blang Kulam waterfall is located in a shady forest in Sidomulyo, North Aceh district. It is situated in a cool place with beautiful natural scenery. For those who want to feel the chill nuance of the waterfall, this place is just perfect to relax at the end of the week. This place is very suitable for family recreation and those who loves nature.
It is not difficult to reach this location as the road to the area is good. It takes about 40 minutes to reach this place from Lhokseumawe by car. Better to stay careful during the journey to the waterfall, for the road is very alarming because the condition of the road is steep and slippery. Anyway, the struggle before reaching up Blang Kolam will be paid off when you arrive at the location.
- Danau Laut Tawar
Danau Laut Tawar is the biggest lake in Aceh province with the area of approximately 5,472 hectares. It is the most popular tourism destination in Aceh Tengah.
This massive lake has a very beautiful panorama and the air is also very fresh and clean, with the average temperature of 22 degree celcius. It takes about two hours to go around this lake by passing by villages along the lake. This lake has one of typical fish species called depik that is consumed by the local community.
- Goa Putri Pukes
This cave is one of beautiful tourist attractions that is visited by many visitors on holiday because its popular legend of Putri Pukes (Princess Pukes). This cave is very big and it has the stone resembling woman figure that is believed as Putri Pukes. There is also a big well, and meditation stone inside this cave. There is enough lighting in the cave because the local government has provided lighting facilities. This cave is located by the side of Danau Laut Tawar, and it takes about 15 minutes by car to get into this place from Takengon. The guide will guide you in the cave while sharing story about Putri Pukes.
- Pantan Terong
Pantan Terong is a must visit tourist attaction in Aceh Tengah. It is famous for its beautiful sunset and sunrise. Located at an altitude of 1830 meters above sea level and is the highest hill on Gayo highlands, we can see Takengon (the capital of Aceh Tengah) from above, the whole area of Lake Laut Tawar, the horse race track at Pegasing sub district, Rembele airport, and the back of a very beautiful ridge hill. Pantan Terong is located in Bebesan, approximately 7.5 km from Takengon, about 15 minutes by car or motorbike with good road access .
- Mengaya Waterfall
Mengaya Waterfall is one of natural attractions in Central Aceh. It is located at Mengaya Village in Bintang subdistrict that can be accessed about 30 minutes drive from Takengon. After parking the vehicle, to reach the waterfall, we will pass coffee plantations. If you are a nature lover then Mengaya waterfall should be one of your places to go in Aceh Tengah. Here we can enjoy the beauty of natural panorama and refreshing fresh waterfall as well as clean air.
Burni Telong Mountain
Who does not know the beauty of tourist attractions in Bener Meriah regency on this one. Mount Burni Telong is an active volcano and visited by many tourists from various regions, the mountain with a height of 2624 masl. Of course very fascinating for anyone who comes to visit there, supported by several other tourist attractions that are around and make this mountain as a tourist spot that is favored by visitors or even climbers
Masjid Raya Baiturrahman/Grand Mosque (Muslim dresscode)
Baiturrahman is a great mosque located at the heart of Banda Aceh, The mosque has five black coloured domes and four white minarets. The mosque stands upon an elegantly green landscape. The white washed walls and minerals and charcoal blacks domes of the Grand Mosque are the most famous landmark in Aceh. The Mosque was built in 12 Century and caught fire several time including during a Dutch attack upon Kutaraja (Banda Aceh) in 1873. A replacement mosque was built by the Dutch military government and was completed in 1883. The Mosque is extraordinary in architecture and ornamentation. It has five onion shaped domes, two tall minarets, wide white walls and decoratively ornamented pillars.
Cut Nya Dien House
Cut Nya Dien was an Indonesian woman revolutionist from Aceh. The house is a replica of the heroine Cut NyakDhien House, from the Aceh War. The colonial forces burned down the house but a replica was built later. This house in Lam Pisang, about 6 km from Banda Aceh and is now is a museum. The house is in Lampisang Village, Lhok Nga subdistrict, Greater Aceh district. Although Lhok Nga was the area worst hit by tsunami, the TjutNyakDhien House survived. The daughter of a chieftain, TjutNyakDhien joined the fight against the Dutch invaders in 1875. Her first husband fell in battle, and she remarried. When her second husband also died fighting, she continued the struggle with her children. After six years in the jungle, she was captured by the Dutch and exiled to West Java where she passed away in 1906. TjutNyakDhien is recognised as one of the National Warriors of Indonesia.
Gunongan and Taman Putroe Phang
Gunongan had erected by Sultan Iskandar Muda (1607 – 1636) as a private playground and bathing place for this wife PutroPhang (From Malaysia). This whimsical architectural fantasy had access to the sultan’s palace through the traditional ‘Pintu Aceh’, used by royalty only. This building likely functioned as an important recreational peace located in the Taman Sari Park for the Queen and other royal family members to climb. It is quite enjoyable to visit this place during the late afternoon or sunset.
Graveyard in Bitay Village
In Bitay the grave of a saint, Teungku di Bitay, may still be seen. The tomb of Tuan di Bitay, who taught the Achehenese among other things the art of casting cannon, and the mosque which stands beside the grave are revered as sacred up to the present day. * Aceh and Turkey had a close relationship in times past. Many technicians and weapons from the Turkish fleet came and settled in Aceh. Historical remains of this time include a mosque and a monument and headstone Turkish people in the village Bitai (~ 3 km from Banda Aceh).
The Museum Aceh
The museum is situated in Sultan Alaidin Mahmud Syah St. The museum exhibits ceramics, weapons and many cultural artifacts such as clothing, jewellery, calligraphy, Islamic ornamenation, kitchen equipment and many other items. A most interesting item is a big bell called “LoncengCakraDonya”, a gift from China Grand-Duke (Ming Emperor, in the 15th century) for Sultan Aceh that was delivered by a Chinese Moslem, Admiral Cheng Ho in 1414, an inscription on the bell reads; “Sing Fang NiatToengJuut Kat”. In this complex there is also ‘Rumah Aceh’ house that was built by Dutch Governor Van Swart in 1941 in a style typical of classic Aceh’s house architecture. In the western of Museum or northern of Aceh House of Custom there is graveyard complex holding the remains of Aceh Sultans.
Indonesian Airline Monument (Seulawah-Indonesian First Airplane)
The Monument was erected to commemorate the heroic contribution of the Acehenese to the emergence of the Republic of Indonesia. When Indonesia became independent in 1945 the Dutch intended to reoccupy the country. In the ensuing struggle in 1949 much area had fallen to the Dutch, the Republic of Indonesia was badly in need of an airplane to avoid the blockade of the enemy. Soekarno, Indonesian president at that time, urgently asked the Acehenese to donate money for an airplane. A Douglas DC-3 was purchased shortly afterwards, and paid for with the donation. This very early plane was the precursor of Garuda Indonesia fleet.
Kerkhof (Dutch military graveyards of Banda Aceh)
Teuku Umar St (the entrance gate is in front of the south eastern corner of Blang Padang). Kerkhoff or War Memorial Cemetery or known by local peoples as PeucutKerkhoff, 2,000 Dutch soldiers who died in an Aceh War were buried in this graveyards. On the walls of the Kerkhoff entrance gate you may see the names list of the persons buried including details of where and when they died.
UleeLheue-Banda Aceh (Tsunami Ground Zero)
UleeLheue is a shore line facing the Malacca straits; when the tsunami hit Banda Aceh on 26 December, 2004, the beach line and the village nearby were severely damaged and submerged by a 10 m high wave. Now the local government has built a new seaport at UleeLheue, and if you have plans to visit Sabang and Wehisland, you can take a Ro-Ro ferry or speed boat from UleeLheue. UleeLheue beach has still kept its enchanting beauty, and almost every day people come to this place to enjoy the blue horizon of sky and sea, to see a beautiful sunset in the evening, or to enjoy the beach at night on the weekend.
Aceh Culture & Tourism Agency
Jl. Tgk. ChikKutaKarang No. 3 (There are two eateries in number 3-5. The tourism agency is inside the government building right across the street of these eateries.), . Very friendly and helpful staff. They provide (free): a map of Banda Aceh and the region around Banda Aceh, a map of the Aceh-province, a very nice Aceh Guide Book (color print). These items are put in a small, really beautiful, shopping bag with pictures of Aceh on it.
Tsunami boat. It is possible to go on a “Tsunami Tour” as there are many boats still inland and other monuments devoted to the devastating day in 2004.
Fisherman boat on an inhabitant house, Desa Lampulo, Kota Alam. 59 people were reportedly saved by boarding this small boat and riding it to safety. Very dramatic image indeed (right) free.
Floating Electric Generator Ship, Kampung Punge Blangcut, Jayabaru. A ship was carried 5 km inland during the tsunami. You can get a nice overview of the city from the top of the ship.
Tsunami Monument & Garden.Located beside the electric generator ship.
Apung 1 ship, a 2,600 ton vessel that was swept 2 km inland. Now it is a tourist attraction.
The 1stMalikussaleh International Conference on Multidisciplinary Studies (MICoMS 2017) organized by Institute of Research and Community Service (Lembaga Penelitiandan Pengabdian pada Masyarakat) Universitas Malikussaleh, Lhokseumawe, Aceh.
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