Photo: PTLD Apung.

PTLD Apung

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PLTD Apung is a 2,600-tonne offshore diesel-powered electric generating ship that was pushed five kilometres inland by the 2004 tsunami.

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Photo of PTLD Apung

What’s remarkable is that this enormous ship sits right in the middle of a densely packed residential area. The tsunami hit this place hard, as is evidenced by both the presence of the ship and a smattering of smashed up houses sitting within the confines of this bizarre tourist attraction.

It’s possible to climb up to the top of the ship from where fantastic views across Banda Aceh can be seen, but it’s better to do this early in the morning rather than in the afternoon when the beating sun can become quite oppressive. This is a fascinating Banda Aceh site and should be on your list of things to do in the city.

Walk to PTLD Apung from Museum Tsunami by walking west, crossing the river and turning immediately left down Jalan Punge Blang Cut, walking about 400 metres and then taking a right down Jalan Harapan.

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