Banda Aceh, located at the top of Sumatra Island, is the capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, Indonesia. The city covers an area of 64 square kilometres and had a population of 267,340 people, per the 2014 census.
Banda Aceh is both rich in culture and history. The Islamic culture which is rooted in Aceh add special ambient to the city. The great mosque (Baiturahman mosque) located in the heart of the city is the most popular landmark of this city. This city had long story due to the protracted conflicts between the Acehnese and foreign domination, including war with Portuguese, wars with the Dutch and the Japanese. Banda Aceh was the closest major city to the earthquake's epicentre, when the Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004 struck off the western coast of Sumatra, which lay 249 km off the coast. It suffered great damage in the earthquake and further damage when a tsunami struck shortly afterwards. The flow of both local and international NGOs after the tsunami resulted in Aceh to be well recognised internationally.
Banda Aceh has been amazingly recovered from the 2004 tsunami. It is widely known as one of the most cultural-and historical-rich cities in Indonesia, offering you an enjoyable stay with its stunning culture, tourism spots, and unforgettable culinary options.