With many Japanese putting off their holidays in the wake of recent events, it’s been reported that one popular Asian destination is already seeing a noticeable decline in tourism. The resort island of Bali, Indonesia has long been popular with Japanese—who are the third largest incoming traveler group behind Australia and China. Hopefully visitor numbers from Japan to Indonesia will resume in the coming future.
On a related note, last month I had the pleasure of visiting North Sumatra and staying in its capital, Medan, for a few days. The first thing that captured my attention upon leaving Polonia International Airport was the unique architecture of the city. Although I was aware of the history of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia, I hadn’t imagined buildings with distinctly European characteristics to be so abundant throughout Medan and its surrounding areas.
Well, according to FNE Travel, it’s the presence of ‘lovely Dutch architecture' that attracts tourists to Medan—including notable structures like the town icon, a huge water tower, plus City Hall and Titi Gantung bridge, which were built by the Dutch in the early 1900s. All three were proudly pointed out to me by locals during my short stay.