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Interesting Places In Semarang

Having a leisure in Semarang? Don’t forget to visit these interesting places.

1. Lawang Sewu

Lawang Sewu was designed by Cosman Citroen, from the firm of J.F. Klinkhamer and B.J. Quendag. It was designed in New Indies Style, an academically-accepted term for Dutch Rationalism in the Indies. Similar with Dutch Rationalism, the style is the result of the attempt to develop new solutions to integrate traditional precedents (classicism) with new technological possibilities. It can be described as a transitional style between Traditionalists and the Modernists, and was strongly influenced by the design of Berlage.

Construction began in 1904 with A building, which was completed in 1907. The rest of the complex was finished in 1919. It was initially used by the Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij, the first railway company in the Dutch East Indies.



2. Pagoda Buddhagaya Watugong

Watugong is the name of a region in the south edge of the city of Semarang. His name is as unique as the iconic area, which is a stone shaped gong. That is why the local community while fostering a highway in the region called “Watugong” or stone like a gong.This monastery was abandoned for about 8 years but now revived under the guidance Sangha Theravada Indonesia. The beauty of the monastery tower plus unique exterior building ornamentation and has attracted many travelers and pilgrims to come to him.The plan at this temple will be built 36 meters tall Buddha statue made of bronze.

Pagoda Avalokitesvara Watugong Semarang

3. Sam Poo Kong

Sam Poo Kong also known as Gedung Batu Temple, is the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. Originally established by the Chinese Muslim explorer Zheng He (also known as Sanbao), it is now shared by Indonesians of multiple religious denominations, including Muslims and Buddhists, and ethnicities, including Chinese and Javanese.

The main temple is built directly in front of the cave, located south of Kyai Juru Mudi. In the cave itself are an altar, fortune-telling equipment, and a small statue of Zheng He; underneath the altar is a well that is said to never go dry and to be capable of healing various ailments. Before the 2002 renovations, the temple measured 16 by 16 metres (52 by 52 ft); it now measures 34 by 34 metres (112 by 112 ft).

Further south is the Kyai Jankar Temple, named after a sacred anchor used by Zheng He which is held inside. The temple also contains an altar to those of Zheng’s crewmen who died while fulfilling their duties. The southernmost temple is Kyai Cundrik Bumi, which is used to worship a weapon used by Zheng. Nearby is Mbah Kyai Tumpeng, a prayer site used by people wishing for their well-being.



4. Goa Kreo

It’s located in the District of Gunungpati, City of Semarang.




5.  Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah

The Great Mosque of Central Java (Indonesian: Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah) is a mosque in the city of Semarang, Central Java. The mosque complex covers 10 hectares (25 acres). There are three central buildings arranged in the shape of a U, with the domed mosque at the centre; all buildings have pitched, tiled roofs, while the central mosque has four minarets. The central roof resembles the roof of a “joglo”, the traditional Javanese house, and symbolises the rising steps toward heaven or to gain God’s blessing. The long buildings forming the arms of the U house a library and auditorium respectively; the auditorium can hold up to 2,000 people.



6. Kota Lama Semarang

Known as de Europeeshe Buurt, Semarang was built in classical European style with a church located in the centre, wide boulevards and streets skirted by beautiful villas.

Due to the long and costly Java War, there was not much of funding from the Dutch East Indies government for the development of Semarang. The majority of land was used for rice fields and the only small improvements were made around the fortress.





7. Semawis Night Market at China Town

Semawis is lined with food stalls, and other food or drinks shops, and are typically pedestrianized. You can find  Indonesian food (ie: Nasi ayam – pecel – bakso – pork / lambs satay – etc.) , Western food, Korean food, Taiwanese dessert, and Chinese food. A lot of variety of food here. There’s always a sociable atmosphere here, with a bit of low-key karaoke crooning and fortune telling going on. Only open in friday till sunday, start at 6pm till midnight.


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