What I remember about aceh is the worst disaster of Tsunami that happened in 2004. It has been 7 years since the day of the Tsunami. It happened on 26 december 2004 which is the most power full earthquake ever happens in the last decade. Tsunami wave has swept everything in its way over 1000 km from the sea shore and left only a ruins in its way. Tsunami has caused the death of 132.000 souls and another 37.000 souls were claimed lost and never found.
On November 2, 2011, I have a chance to visit aceh. My aim is to cooperate with the Provincial Government of Aceh in a several project which related in a development of Banda Aceh, the capital city of Aceh. The local governments were so welcome, they realize that need to work really hard to get all facilities built back again for the city and province. After several smooth meetings, I was offered to visit Aceh Tsunami Museum.
My first opinion was,,,” WOW,, is this design by foreign architect?” I believe it is. But the fact that I’ve found in a field was like a punch in the head for me. This is really design by Indonesian architect. Wow…. I am so surprised. It is located in Banda aceh city, it has built over the land, approximately 10,000 square wide. The museum was separated into several parts. There are some monitors to view many pictures of Tsunami disaster and other things that remind us of what happened that day. It also has a video room to play short movie about tsunami and a tsunami simulation. After all visit, I think it is one of the best Indonesia’s museum. It has a modern and philosophic design, and also a modern concept of a museum. You should put it in your itenary when you visit Aceh.
Then we continue to visit masjid Raya Baiturrahman Banda Aceh, which we all know that it is the symbol of Aceh. It did not take a long time to go there from Tsunami Museum. And I took my time to Pray (Sholat Azhar) in that beautiful mosque. Then, we continue to visit a boat that carried by the Tsunami wave on to the top of a house. Wow… it also being created to a monument of Tsunami by the local citizen. I take several pictures of it. hehehehe…. and after that, I went to the hotel in Grand Nangroe Hotel. It is a four star Hotel and the rate was Rp 500.000 ++/night.
Then in the time after maghrib, we continue our trip with tasting a famous aceh Coffee. The coffee shop I visit is one of the famous coffees shop in aceh Kopi Solong (Solong coffee shop). It is located in Ule Kareng not so far from the city. The coffee was mix with traditional ingredients and that what makes the coffee taste so good. It only cost about Rp 5000 for a cup of coffee, and I bought a few to give away. Hehehe… I love coffee very much… this is the one that you have to taste, besides Mie Aceh (Aceh’s Noodle). Well… that’s it my story, the thing I learnt is that we never know what a disaster may happens in this beautiful earth, it is a GOD’s will. So we have to be prepared.