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Museum Tsunami Aceh

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Museum Tsunami Aceh is easily the prime attraction in Banda Aceh.

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Built in 2009, it’s a dedication to the some 170,000 Indonesians who lost their lives during the massive 9.3 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 26 December 2004.

After storing your bag at the entrance you walk through a pitch black narrow corridor lined with towering waterfalls, which together with haunting Islamic recitations are meant to mimic the frightening noise and sensation of the tsunami when it struck Aceh. As you proceed through the museum you are shown footage of the tsunami and its aftermath -- check out the ship in front of Hotel Medan. It’s not a place where you’ll spend a whole lot of time, as more than anything else it’s meant as a symbolic reminder of the 2004 tragedy.

On weekends in particular, if you’re of Western appearance you may be mobbed by hundreds of locals wanting to have their photo taken with you. Many of these people are from areas outside the city and are not used to seeing foreigners at all.

This museum is a fine tribute to those souls who lost their lives in the 2004 tsunami.

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