|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.