Semarang in Brief

From the 17th century onwards, Semarang became an entrepot for spices, also a busy harbor for trade and passengers when travel was made predominantly by sea. Semarang city, the capital city of Central Java province, is located on the North Coast of Java Sea. From Candi hill, we get amazing scenery of the port, the lowlands and green paddy elds, the city itself, and the surrounding mountains. The environs around Semarang are perfect for clay trips side-excursions. Semarang is the ve major cities in the nation.

Semarang is a busy administrative and trading city, most of the ofces, business centers, industrial estates are concentrated in the low land, whereas in the hilly side, there are many houses with the beautiful gardens with a superb view to the town and the sea. The old records of this city date back to the 15th to the 18th century AD in where captivating ancient and colonial monuments still standing to present date.

There is an older part of the city, close to its ocean harbor, where we can still nd an interesting collection of odd-looking buildings dating back to the Dutch colonial era and further back still, to the time of the Dutch East Indies Company. The old city has colonial-era buildings (Dutch) and is well worth a stroll. If you have time, you can try and catch a traditional Wayang (Javanese puppet) performance. The population of Semarang is predominantly Javanese, though with smaller numbers of people from many regions in Indonesia. The city is known for its large ethnically Chinese population. The main languages spoken are Indonesia and Javanese. As a result of its large ethnically Chinese population, the city boasts several Chinese temples. These include Sam Poo Kong, built in honor of the Chinese Great Admiral Zheng He who visited the area in 1405, and Tay Kak Sie Temple.

What to Do

The most renowned landmark to see here is the Koepelkerk, a Phanteon style church, locally known as Gereja Blenduk, a copper-domed Dutch church dating from 1753. Tugu Muda (Youth Monument), a monument to heroes of Indonesias independence struggle, is located in front of Lawang Sewu Building (Thousand of Doors, the name comes from its design, with numerous doors and arcs. The building has about 600 large windows).

The one thing that you denitely must try in Semarang’s Chinatown is the famous Lumpia (Bamboo shoot stuffed Springroll) Semarang. For a complete culinary experience, the Pasar Semawis Culinary Center in Gang Warung is truly a must. Most of the food here is different f rom what you’ll nd elsewhere. Here several stalls sell mouthwatering dishes with pork in them – a rarity anywhere in Java. Local dishes to try to include Bandeng Presto, a pressure-cooked milksh, Gudeg (sweet and sour vegetables Javanese style), and Wingko Babat (ame-broiled sticky rice with coconut), available at many street stalls. The best place to see the freshest varieties of local food is Simpang Lima, the big town square, especially along the popular shopping street Jalan Pandanaran.

Get Around

In Semarang, taxi is everywhere. Small buses are visible going by the city streets. They go to different parts of the city. You might want to ask the locals before taking one of those city buses. Becak or rickshaw (trishaw) is a pleasant choice to feel the breeze in Semarang while you enjoy the city scenes. When visiting Kota Lama, take one of those Becak, and enjoy the relaxing ride.