Monday, August 30, 2021

Don't Miss The Tsunami Museum That Remembers The 2004 Aceh Tsunami


Aceh is one of the provinces in Indonesia which is given the status of a special region and is also given special autonomy. Aceh is located at the northern tip of the island of Sumatra and is the westernmost province in Indonesia.

Aceh has 13 indigenous ethnic groups. The largest is the ethnic Acehnese who inhabit coastal areas ranging from Langsa on the north east coast to Trumon on the south west coast. Another ethnic group is the Gayo ethnic, who inhabits mountainous areas in the middle of Aceh.

In coastal areas, the average air temperature is 26.9 °C, the maximum air temperature is 32.5 °C and the minimum is 22.9 °C. Between March and August Aceh experiences a dry season phase. While the rainy season lasts from September to February.

Transportation to Aceh by land can be done by vehicle from Medan. There are no trains in Aceh yet. Air Transportation using Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport. To reach other areas, there are also 8 pioneer airports.

Tourist attractions in Aceh are very complete. Starting from nature tourism, family tourism, children's tourism, waterfalls, to highland lakes in Aceh. One of the most popular tourist destinations enjoyed by tourists is the Aceh Tsunami Museum.

The Aceh Tsunami Museum is a museum in Banda Aceh designed as a symbolic monument to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami disaster. It is also a disaster education center and an emergency shelter if a tsunami occurs again.

It has been 15 years since a natural disaster struck a city dubbed the Veranda of Mecca, namely Aceh. At that time, an earthquake measuring 9.1-9.3 on the Richter scale and a tsunami hit the Provinces of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatra.

Fear and sadness at that time became a scourge that could not be forgotten by the people of Aceh, even Indonesia. Quoted from History, the earthquake in Aceh became the second strongest earthquake ever recorded and became one of the ten worst disasters of all time.

The museum is a four-story structure with an area of ​​2,500 m² whose curved walls are covered in geometric reliefs. In it, visitors enter through a narrow and dark passageway between two high walls of water, to recreate the atmosphere and panic of the tsunami.

The walls of this Aceh tourist museum are decorated with pictures of people dancing Saman. a symbolic meaning to the strength, discipline, and religious beliefs of the Acehnese. From above, the roof formed the waves of the sea.

In this Aceh tourist spot, there is a special room to commemorate the victims who died when the 2004 tsunami disaster occurred. In this room all the names of the dead are carved on the wall and at the top end is written the word Allah. This space is called the Space of Sorrow or the Well of Prayer.

In 2018, the Aceh Tsunami Museum was selected as the most popular museum out of 400 museums in Indonesia in the 2018 Indonesia Museum Award.

If you plan to vacation in Banda Aceh after the pandemic, be sure to include the Aceh Tsunami Museum in your list of destinations that you must visit.

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