SULAIMANIYAH GREAT MOSQUE, HISTORICAL HERITAGE OF SERDANG SULTANATE

We still can find the historical heritage of Serdang until now in Perbaungan, Serdang Bedagai District, in example Sulaimaniyah Mosque. This mosque used to be near the Sultanate palace of Serdang: Darul Arif palace in Kota Galuh Village. Unfortunately the palace has completely vanished. This mosque is situated in Kota Galuh Village, Perbaungan District on the side of the street. Everybody going from Medan to Tebing Tinggi will pass over this mosque. Every day, the mosque becomes a place for the travelers to take a rest, do prayers while doing the religious tourism to see the mosque left by Serdang Sultanate. Moreover, on Friday prayer, the mosque almost can’t bear the people praying there. According to the historical note written largely on the walls of the mosque, is stated that the Great Mosque Sulaimaniyah was built by Serdang Sultan, Syariful Alamsyah in 1894 as the capital of Sultanate was moved from Rantau Panjang (now it is in Pantai Labu District, Deli Serdang Regency) to the City Palace of Galuh Perbaungan (used to be Serdang).

This mosque has ever been renovated several times with the help of the former President of Indonesia Megawati Soekarnoputri, the Governor of North Sumatra (the late) Rizal Nurdin and the General Secretary of Indonesia’s Health Department Dr. Safii Ahmad MPH. The building itself is not too unique, looks like the typical Malay architecture. At a glance, it is not different from the others. But this mosque has its own characteristics. The roof of its terrace is shaped like a pyramid. Inside the mosque, there are four large pillars supporting the building with a luxurious ornamental lamp in the center of its ceiling surrounded by Quran’s verses calligraphy telling about praying. The Malay characteristics can be seen from its yellow MIMBAR with four steps covered with a green mat and on the MIMBAR, there is dome using the symbol of half moon and stars. The ceramics terrace is supported by some small poles with tens of lamps in various sizes surrounding the left and the back terrace. It is also equipped with lavatory and a place for wudhu. The visitors can also see the grave of Serdang Sultan Sulaiman Syariful Alamsyah and his family as well as the important Sultanate officials in front of the mosque. To see the photographs of this location, please click ‘Sergai in Photos’ content.

SULAIMANIYAH PANTAI CERMIN MOSQUE

With the same name because it was built by the same person, Sulaimaniyah Great Mosque in Pantai Cermin Kanan Village, Pantai Cermin District, was built in 1901. It means the mosque is 105 years old. This mosque has an impression of a historical old building although there are some parts which have been renovated. With four supporting pillars inside the mosque, there is a ladder toward the upper part of mosque as a place for doing tawajjuh. The outside pillars are unique and appear to be the characteristics of every mosque in Pantai Cermin District. They are round and form a circle until the upper part of the pillar. To see the photographs of this location, please click ‘Sergai in Photos’ content.



GUDANG GARAM BEACH

We can find accommodation facility (hotel) equipped with air conditioner, seafood restaurants, karaoke/music, rest cottages, and some fishing ponds on Gudang Garam Beach. The white sand along the beach makes this tourism object an interesting place and it can also be used as a place for playing beach volley and the other games. To see the photographs of this location, please click ‘Sergai in Photos’ content.



PEGAJAHAN VILLAGE, BALINESE SLUM IN SERGAI

PEGAJAHAN VILLAGE, BALINESE SLUM IN SERGAI

Do you want to know the daily life of Balinese of Hindu community? We do not have to go to Bali Island; we can merely come to Pegajahan Village, 12 km far from Perbaungan. Here besides the Balinese ethnic community is still tied to the Balinese tradition. When we enter the area of Pegajahan Village, Perbaungan District, we will feel like in Bali Island. We can find the typical Balinese decorated gates at the front part of several roads into the Villages. Many people call these Villages in Pegajahan as Balinese slum. People said that the Balinese people living in Sergai are the contracted labors imported directly from Bali Island by the plantation company, PTPN IV Adolina in 1962. There were 53 heads of family or about 200 residents in Pegajahan Village. This community was juxtaposed with a number of plantation labors coming from diverse ethnics; Javanese, Borneo, Simalungun, Tapanuli, and Malay. Even though it is far from their hometown, this community still holds their custom and belief. In about 1989, a temple was built in IIB Pegajahan slum with the help of some Balinese residents living in many parts of North Sumatra. This temple was named Penataran Dharmaraksaka and it is full of Hindu Balinese at least twice a month for praying at the full moon and at the dark moon. The ceremony is led by the Priest Wayan Gio. Because of the small community, these Balinese people have a strong relation one another. They visit the other Balinese people living out of Sergai.

The uniqueness in Pegajahan Village makes a lot of people think it is good enough to be a tourism object. It is always felt by Negah. There are always people who come to the temple to look around or just to feel like in Bali. Furthermore, the area of Pegajahan Village is known as the home industry area with a lot of small business craftsmen. If this region is promoted, the society economy will increase.





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KELANG BEACH, THE UNOPTIMALIZED POTENTIAL

Kelang Beach is situated in Naga Lawan Village, Perbaungan District, Serdang Bedagai Regency. On Kelang Beach, we can enjoy the beautiful beach view with its crystal-alike white sand while watching the waves and feeling the sea wind blow to escape from the fatigue. We can also visit the blessing well on the side of the beach. Around Kelang Beach, there are some small cottages for the visitors to rent for about ten to twenty thousand rupiahs, depending on the size of the cottages. There are also rental buoys with relatively low price, about Rp. 3.000.00 – Rp. 5.000.00. On Kelang Beach, we can enjoy some food like fried noodle, fried chicken, pecal, seashell satay, and others. The food is made by the local people with reasonable price. The friendly people and good service make the beach interesting to visit. To see the photographs of this location, please click ‘Sergai in Photos’ content.

AIR TAWAR WELL

This tourism spot is well known and visited a lot because of its fresh water well. The well is not so far from the beach, just about 100 meters. This 1, 5 meters deep-well is one of the people attractions. The native people and the visitors call this well the magic well or the healing well. They believe that the well has something to heal many kinds of diseases. According to what the local people said, the well is said to be magic because it has fresh water tasting like mountain water although it is situated only 100 meters from the sea and has a depth of 1,5 meters. The well has never run out of its water even though every visitor who comes to the location always carries one container or one bottle of water. To see the photographs of this location, please click ‘Sergai in Photos’ content.



SUMATRA�S HERITAGE: ISMAILIYAH MOSQUE

The local communities know it as the palace mosque, the heritage of Tengku Haji Ismail Sulung Laut, The King of Bedagai. The mosque still stands firmly until now. Similar with the other mosques around the Malay coastal area, Jamik Ismailiyah Mosque, located in Pekan Village, Tanjung Teringin District, is full of Malay atmosphere. This mosque was built in 1882 by The King of Bedagai at that time, Tengku Ismail Sulung Laut. After building the mosque, Sulung Laut built a palace beside it and finished in 1898. Since the palace was higher, Sulung Laut raised the mosque. In 1937, the mosque was renovated. Its ceramic tiles were replaced with zinc. Last in 1982, the mosque was renovated again. Its iron pillars were changed into cement, a tower was built, and a gate was made, and adorned with “kelumai” (a yellow triangular ornament coning downward and put on the roof’s side).

Some parts remain original, such as the mimbar khutbah. This wooden mimbar still looks strong. The ornamental carving shows typical Malay characteristics, especially it was gold painted and combined with contrast black. This mimbar is 2 meters high. The backyard was made a graveyard for the royal family and officials like the graves of the three Bedagai Kings, Tengku Ismail Sulung Laut, Tengku Rahmat Bendahara Putra Raja (the son of Sulung Laut) and Tengku Zainarrasyid Pangeran Nara Kelana (the son of Sulung Laut). Sulung Laut died on 21 March 1914, Tengku Rahmat on 2 December 1905 and Tengku Zainarrasyid on 12 October 1932. There are also the graves of the Royal officials and priests such as Datuk Perdana and Datuk Setia, the grave of Panglima Daud and Datuk Sri Amar Asmara as well as Syekh Haji Ibrahim. On the back part of the mosque, we can see the original face of the mosque because it doesn’t undergo the renovation, only its stalls are replaced. On the pillars, on the right and on the left side of the mosque are written the names of Allah and Mohammed. The terrace and the natural stones which become the terrace also look original. To see the photographs of this location, please click ‘Sergai in Photos’ content.



SAMPURAN WATERFALL, THE UNTOUCHED TOURISM OBJECTS

Sampuran Widuri Waterfall is situated in Dusun III, Dolok Merawan Village, Dolok Merawan District, and only 1 Km from the Sumatra passing road to Pematang Siantar. Around this place there are three waterfalls, the highest is the Sampuran Widuri waterfall with the height of 50 meters. The government of Sergai Regency determines this place as conservation for thousands of fish benih, including gold fish and nila. Sampuran waterfall is a tourism object managed by the Village and it is improving itself to be equal with the other tourism objects in Sergai Regency.

To reach the waterfall location, we must go downstairs with hundreds steps which become a unique attraction. The fresh air and the original nature are the interesting part of this tourism object. We will forget the fatigue of going downstairs when we reach the river bank. Unfortunately, this tourism object is lack of facility for the visitors, such as the lavatory and the accommodation. While on holidays, the visitors will be entertained by band or keyboard group invited by the government. To see the photographs of this location, please click ‘Sergai in Photos’ content.





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