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Banda Aceh, formerly known as Kutaradja, is the capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, Indonesia. It is located on the island of Sumatra and has an elevation of 35 meters. The city covers an area of 64 square kilometres and had a population of 219,070 people, according to the 2000 census. Banda Aceh is located on the northwestern tip of Indonesia at the mouth of the Aceh River. The city was originally established as Bandar Aceh Darussalam Kandang and served as a capital and hub for the Sultanate of Aceh upon its foundation in the late 15th century. Later its name was changed to Bandar Aceh Darussalam, and then became popularly known as Banda Aceh. The first part of the name comes from the Persian bandar (بندر) meaning "port" or "haven." The city is also dubbed the "port to Mecca," or the "porch of Mecca" (Indonesian: Serambi Mekkah) in reference to the days when hajj pilgrims travelled by sea from Indonesia and would make a stop over in the city before continuing their journey to Mecca. Banda Aceh had long been at the centre of protracted conflicts between the Acehnese and foreign domination, including wars with the Dutch, the Japanese and the Indonesian government. The city rose to international prominence in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004, which struck off the western coast of Sumatra. Banda Aceh was the closest major city to the earthquake's epicentre, which lay 249 km off the coast. It suffered great damage in the earthquake and further damage when a tsunami struck shortly afterwards. 167,000 people died as a result and many more were injured. The aftermath of the tsunami has seen a cessation of much of the conflict in the city and province, and domestic and international aid as a result has seen a major modernisation and reconstruction of the city over the past decade.

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A place in Indonesia, Banda Aceh is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. Tour packages of Banda Aceh are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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Facts and Stats for Banda Aceh*

  • Pollution Statistics in Banda Aceh

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    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 35.71 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 14.29 (Very Low)
  • Banda Aceh: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Banda Aceh for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Banda Aceh.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 37.5 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 37.5 (Low)
    • Drug offense 68.75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 93.75 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 62.5 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 81.25 (Very High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
  • Living in Banda Aceh - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 57.03 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 20.36 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 17 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 39.13 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 51.39 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.05 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 40.04 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Banda Aceh

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Banda Aceh

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.22 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.77 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 22.14 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 51.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 31.37 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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