Tsunami Tourism Place in ACEH

Banda Aceh is the Provincial Capital of Aceh Province, formerly known as Kutaraja until 1962. On April 22nd, 2013 Banda Aceh celebrates its 808 years anniversary. Today, Banda Aceh is the beating heart of the Provincial Goverment administration for economic, cultural and tourism development.  Banda Aceh has fully recovered from the December 2004 tsunami boxing day which destroyed almost 60% of the city with approximately 75.000 victims. Kutaraja or Banda Aceh as the capital of the Islamic Kingdom of Aceh Darussalam is one of the oldest Islamic city in South East Asia.

Earthquake occurs at 7: 58: 53 am. Earthquake center located in longitudes 3.316° N 95.854° at least 160 miles west of aceh at depths 10 kilometers. This earthquake measuring 9.3 richter scale and is an most intense earthquake in the last 40 years that impacted Aceh, the west coast of peninsula Malaysia, Thailand, the east coast of India, Sri Lanka, even up the east coast of Africa. Aceh as city that casualty the world biggest and thousands of building destroyed, thousands of also lost a corpse is not found and thousands also geeks in interred in public.

In Indonesia, a quake swallows more than 170,000 fatalities. About 250,000 people in 13 countries died in the tsunami disaster, which occurred after the earthquake in the Indian Ocean. Dozens of houses were destroyed by the earthquake, mainly in Meulaboh and Banda Aceh on the tip of Sumatra island. In Banda Aceh, about 50% of all buildings were damaged by the tsunami. However, most of the casualties were caused by the tsunami that struck the West coast of Aceh and North Sumatra.

Now the disaster has passed, Aceh has risen to re-arrange everything has been damaged over the disaster. Aceh, located in the westernmost region of the Republic of Indonesia with its natural beauty and cultural attractions as well as the richness of the history of the past has been prepared to promote Aceh through the tourism industry in a sustainable and environmentally with fixed characteristics of mengkedepankan area, in particular the development of tsunami tourism with many relics of the tsunami.

The existence of the Museum as a Tsunami museum in Aceh and international community pride, in addition to being a symbol of the strength and patience of the people of Aceh in the face of the tsunami disaster, also became an icon of tourism Aceh tsunami. The Museum was built by the architectural approach to the culture of Aceh with various collections and events of the tsunami, such as documentary film/4 dimensions, cartoons, paintings, hikayat Aceh Tsunami, poetry, short stories, plays, music or song, the story of ”Smong Semeulue 1907” and other local wisdom became the attraction and learning media effectively for travelers.

This museum was built with the concept of stilts-house as the typical of Rumoh Aceh (Acehnese traditional house) that can be used as an escape building during a flood or tsunami. Inside you can find a variety of dioramas of tsunami, some photographs about tsunami when it happened and after tsunami, earthquake simulation room, 4 dimensions audio visual equipment. All of them brought us the feeling of the real moments of earthquake. Besides that you could enjoy the cozy and pleasant place.

The “Thanks The World” Monument
Tsunami Monument "Aceh Thanks the World", is located in the Garden City of Blang Padang, in area of ​​8 hectares, is a symbol of Acehnese gratitude to the volunteers, NGOs, state higher institutions, corporate, civil, and military both national and international who have participated in Aceh construction after the Tsunami disaster. This monument has a lot of stories, It become more popular lately. This monument shaped the tsunami waves.

Acehnese people express their gratitude to the country contributed to Aceh rehabilitation and reconstruction through the inscription of friendship. On the inscription is written the name of the state, state flag, and gratitude expression ‘Thank You and Peace’ in the language of each country. There are 53 inscriptions in Blang Padang field. Blang Padang now days is an open public places to do excercise and relaxation. There are jogging track, soccer field, basketball, and the pillars to do the mild fitness. Every weekend, this field become a family favorite spot. On this area is also available a variety of culinary/snacks. Apart from the Monument, Acehnese people express their gratitude to the country that through the inscription of friendship.

PLTD Apung (Electrical Generator Ship)
Before the PLTD Apung is situated in current position, it was moored in the port of Ulee Lheue. The ship was pushed on to land as far as 2,5 km from the coast of Ulee Lheue by the Tsunami and set down in the middle of Punge Blang Cut village. According to the mouth to mouth story, many people survive from the wave by riding this boat. Today this electricity diesel no longer works to supply the electrical crisis. It now turns to be a historical site of Tsunami.

Fishing Boat on the Roof
A fishing boat is held on an inhabitant house and managed to save 59 souls by boarding on it, when the Tsunami’s wave hit Lampulo village. Because it has historical values, now the boat is used as an important monument to commemorate the enormity of the tsunami.

Mass Grave
Mass graves located in a number of places in Banda Aceh. The big one is in in Siron village, Lambaro, Aceh Besar. Number of fifty thousand people of tsunami victims were buried in here. Lambaro Tsunami Mass Grave has become a witness of Mega Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster in the last December 2004. Besides mass grave Siron, there are also other mass graves located in Ulee Lheue and Lhoknga.

Baiturrahim Mosque
In many settlements of coastal Aceh destroyed by the tsunami, the mosque was usually the only building that survived. This was the case with the old mosque of Ulee Lheue. This building survived the Tsunami and it can still function as a mosque and gathering place. Some of the damaged parts have been renovated. The highlight of the  commemoration of the 1st year of Tsunami was held in this mosque

At Hotel like hotel Medan on the street Medan. A. Yani Number 17 Peunayong - Banda Aceh also displayed photographs stunami events. How does a ship stranded and embedded just in front of the hotel and many car piled, will add a strong impression of how tsunami occured

If you visit Aceh, these are hotels that you can stay for

1. Hermes Palace Hotel Banda Aceh 
Jln.T.Panglima Nyak Makam, Banda Aceh.
Telp: +62 651 755 5888 Fax.: +62 651 755 6999

2. Hotel Grand Nanggroe Jl. T. Imum Lueng Bata, Kel. Cot Mesjid, Kec Lueng Bata. Banda Aceh
Telp: +62 651 35788  Fax.: +62 651 35778

3. Sulthan Hotel International  
Situated in the city of Aceh, Sulthan Hotel International is just a 5-minute drive from the Aceh Traditional Market. It houses a restaurant and offers free Wi-Fi access throughout its premises.
The hotel is a 10-minute drive to Hermef Mall and a 15-minute drive to Ulele Beach. The Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport is a 25-minute drive away.

4. Hotel Medan.  
Jl. A. Yani No. 17 Peunayong - Banda Aceh
Phone. +62651 – 21501 Fax : +62651 – 23514.  Email : info@hotel-medan.com