Vihara Gunung Timur Tour
Jl.Hang Tuah No.16, Medan, North Sumatra
Another road with historical buildings is the garden-like Jalan Jend Sudirman (Polonia quarter), southwest of the town square. At the southwest edge of the city is the Vihara Gunung Timur (Jl Hang Tuah 16, photography is not allowed in the pagoda, remember to remove your shoes before entering the inner sanctuary) just west of Jalan Cik Ditiro. This building, erected in the late 1970s, is the largest Chinese pagoda in Medan. Set in a peaceful area, the main entrance to the temple is flanked by guardian lions. Filled with lanterns, incense and demons, the temple is a rewarding retreat from the bustle of the city. The highly decorated roof is probably its most notable feature. Locally known as Candi Hindu (Hindu temple), the Shri Mariamman is at Jalan H Zainul Arifin 130. The complex serves Medan's large South Asian community and the brightly painted figures of gods and animals stand out a mile. The temple welcomes visitors. This part of town, reasonably enough, is the Indian quarter and the temple has been recently renovated and expanded.