Semarang Travel Guide

  • Constructed in Leyden 1883 ...
    Constructed in Leyden 1883 ...
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    ... by order of King William III
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Semarang Things to Do

  • Gedung Lawang Sewu

    Gedung Lawang Sewu, “the building with a thousand doors”, is THE iconic building of Semarang. The complex was constructed in phases from 1904 to 1919 and served as head office of the Dutch East Indies Railway Company (“Nederlandsch Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij”) until 1942. In that year the Japanese invaders took over the buildings and used the...

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  • Roaming “Little Netherland”

    The former Dutch business quarter of Semarang is nowadays referred to as “Little Nederand” because of its many buildings dating back to colonial times. Unfortunately most of these are in a sorry state of delapidation, though some have been nicely restored.Our pics with this tip show some of the latter. For an impression of the ruins we refer to the...

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  • Pelni office building

    Pelni, short for Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia, is the biggest shipping company providing transport between Indonesia's many islands. Those with time on their hands or unwilling to fly to e.g. Kalimantan, Maluku or Papua eventually end up in a Pelni office.The Pelni office building in Semarang originally belonged to Pelni's predecessor in colonial...

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  • The Former Theatre Building

    A must-see of ancient Dutch architecture - but unfortunately the interior only by appointment - is the “Marabunta Gedung Multiguna”. That is its present name for the marabunta (giant ants) on the roof, which are a later addition.The original function of the building was as town theatre, probably since 1854. Here the Dutch colonial elite diverted...

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  • Tawang railway station

    There are two railway stations in Semarang, Tawang and Poncol. Train travelers from abroad will be most likely get to know Tawang, because all executive and business class trains depart from Tawang, whereas economy trains depart from Poncol station.Tawang station will soon celebrate its 100th birthday; its inauguration took place on June 1, 1914....

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  • Roaming China Town

    Semarang's China Town - Pecinan in Javanese - should be discovered walking. And best set out early, because the day becomes hot in Semarang. Also by noon the market in Gang Baru closes. Because of frequent reconstruction little remains of the Chinese architecture with typical gables; one has to search for them. The atmosphere is still that of a...

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  • An original Chinese house

    Roaming the narrow streets of Semarang's Pecinan we spotted this original Chinese house. One of very few (or the only one?) remaining. Some labourers were busy with restoration work, and let us look around. There was no furniture in the house, except for a finely carved wooden statue of an angry deity in the front room. The inner court featured a...

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  • The "Rasa Dharma" association

    If you are lucky there is a meeting or an exhibition going on at Gang Pinggir number 31, the seat of the association Rasa Dharma, Chinese name Boen Hian Tong. The association organizes many of the community activities and celebrations in Semarang's China town. We once saw here an exhibition in honour of the late president Wahid Hasyim (nicknamed...

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  • Tay Kak Sie temple

    This main temple in Semarang's Chinese quarter is a must-see. It is located at a square near Semarang river, which is the centre for festivities like Chinese new year. The temple dates from 1771, when it was built in a chili garden, hence the name of the street: Gang Lombok. The temple is always open to visitors. Burn an incense stick or two at one...

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  • Gedung Lawang Sewu, the monument

    In the yard of Gedung Lawang Sewu, facing Pemuda street, stands this monument commemmorating six employees of the Railway Company, who gave their lives trying to wrestle control of the complex from Japanese soldiers who refused to give up after Japan had surrendered. Originally they were buried on this spot, but in 1975 their remains were...

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  • Marabunta Gedung Multiguna (MGM)...

    Marabunta, the Ants Building was previously used as an opera house to perform works of dramatic arts during the Dutch colonial era. The two giant red ants perched on top of the MGM symbolize Indonesian nationalism. Red ants are called marabuntah in local language. Red for bravery and ants for their spirits of solidarity. The roof in the hall shaped...

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  • TAMAN SRI GUNTING-PARADE PKLEIN PARK

    Taman Sri Gunting or Sri Gunting Parks, in the era of Dutch Colony, this is a field with the green grass, long ago this place was used by the Dutch Army for parade practice and marching, also called as PRADE PLEIN, located at the east side of Immanuel Church

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  • NILMIJ Building

    Nilmij Building is the first modern building after Indonesia get its independence, the unique architecture of building which stand at Jalan Suprapto and designed by an architect "Thomas Karsten" and now used as an insurance company office"Jiwasraya"

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  • A Bridge called Berok

    The Bridge as an entrance gate to Semarang Old Town, it is called Jembatan Berok by local peoples and also wellkonown as De Wester building or Government Spoort building.

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  • Semarang POST OFFICE

    The Post-Office which established since the Dutch colonized Indonesia, the building was located in a corner of Jalan Suprapto, up to now is still use as a Post Office

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  • OLD CITY, Semarang ancient time

    The Provincila Government of Central Java aware that a few of old buildings which stranded along Jalan Suprapto were spend its historical value for tourism, that is why in the end of 1990 the government start to improve the infrastructure of this area. Long ago it was one of a very poor location in rainy season, the floods created a very bad...

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  • BLENDUK-GEREJA, an Immanuel Church

    This is one of popular old building in Semarang downtown, established in 1750 and renovation in 1894 by the Dutch architects HPA De Widle and Westmass.This is Immanuel church with unique architecture, the red dome is a semicircle and by Java Language it is called Blenduk (semi circle). The building is decided by local Government as one of Semarang...

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  • BUNDERAN TUGU, SEMARANG

    Bunderan Tugu Semarang is a round circle streets worth a visit and is a beautiful landscape located at the city center, it is one of Semarang round about, specific as a circle which always crowded by car. At the center of the circle, a monument with a beautiful landscape was stand elegantly while not far from the monument we could see the...

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  • THOUSAND DOORS BUILDING-LAWANG SEWU

    LAWANG SEWU: Lawang is Java language means Door and Sewu mean: thousands, in Java peoples opinion, the building with very many doors is the reason why they recognize the building with simply name its as the building with thousand doors.Lawang Sewu was built in 1903 and then inauguratedd by the Dutch authority Prof. Jacob Klinkhamer and BJ. Queendag...

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  • TUGU MUDA SEMARANG

    Tugu Muda Semarang is a Round circle, one of Semarang downtown Landmark, is the crossing of Supomo street, Pandanaran street, Imam Bonjol street and Sugiyopranoto street.Tugu Muda is a candle like monument, a historical monument to memorize the five days battles between the peoples who defend its independency versus Japan occupation in October 14,...

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  • Simpang Lima Semarang

    Simapang Lima is mean Five Crossing, located at the city center, all five main streets were towards one round circle: Pandanaran street, Gajah Mada street, Achmad Dahlan Street, Ahmad Yani street and Pahlawan street. There were many Department store, Shopping Mall, Restaurants, close to Simpang Lima.It is very crowded in then weekend, so many...

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Semarang Hotels

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  • Gumaya Tower Hotel Semarang

    Pictures in this tip: 1. The tower, 2. Hotel Front Gate 3. Room One of a nice Hotel located at the...

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  • Hotel Ciputra Semarang

    Jalan Simpang Lima, PO Box 1288, Semarang, Java, 50134, Indonesia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Novotel Semarang

    Jalan Pemuda 123, Semarang, Java, 50132, Indonesia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Semarang Restaurants

  • INDONESIAN Cuisine & SEa Food

    The restaurant is one of the famous seafood restaurants in Semarang, located at the northern parts of Semarang recognized by the public as PRPP, close to the Tanjung Mas Harbor, always crowded with a group of the guests who made a reservation in advance, especially for family gathering or Reunion.Served excellent and delicious dish appetizer,...

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  • Pre-war atmosphere

    Furniture from bygone days. The walls full of photo's from pre-war Semarang, you can also by a booklet of them. A few cupboards full of memorabilia.Semarang Restaurant has the same atmosphere as better-known "Toko Oen" on Jalan Pemuda. Yet it has one advantage. Both resto's have French windows, but at Toko Oen they never open them any more: too...

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  • Lunch or Dinner with a View

    Taking the exit road south from Semarang you pass by Gombel where the road climbs steeply. On your left you have a fine view over Semarang town, especially when you turn into the Taman Tabanas parking (parking fee Rp 2000).There are three restaurants in a row where you can have your meal enjoying the view. Alamanda Garden Restaurant is the most...

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  • Fantastic Food and Great Atmosphere

    As a regular visitor to Semarang I can never go past this restaurant. Its an original Thai theme right down to the uniforms. The chef has 15yrs experience with Thai food and now they have delicious Indian as well. It has a great pub built inside that is family friendly (unusual for Semarang) and a great place to catch up with most of the Semarang...

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  • GREAT FOOD AND VIEW

    Fish here is really fresh and delisious, especially ikan bandeng, and also the view of this restaurant infront of the sea where we can fishing too. Nice and comfortable surounding with live music. Hight Recomend!!! Ikan Bandeng......YUMMYYYYYYYYYY

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  • a coffee specialist

    this is an open lounge coffee shop in a small corner of ahmad yani airport semarang. we like to be here while awaiting cellphone's battery recharging and boarding time.nice coffee we got. named cappuccino with vanilla ice cream. also several kind of european style bakery. from apfelstrudel to croissant. also available favorite local snack like...

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  • indonesian buffet at warung

    this delicious presentation is "buffet a'la warung semarangan". yes, yummy and choose your own fave here. pick up your steam rice by your own and start find the delicious ones, from sayur [vege], gorengan [anykind of fried fish and chicken and tofu and tempe], botokan [steamed menu], pepes menu [grilled in charcoal fire after wrapped in banana leaf...

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  • a must try snack: lunpia or lumpia or...

    categorized as the must try snack from semarang. derived from chinese culinary, this spring rolls can be served goreng [fried] or biasa [not soaking in the boiled oil]. made from a thin pancake look-alike from wheat flour and egg, and rolled with assortments inside, mixed of rebung [young bamboo], tofu, scrambled egg plus carrot. served in sweet...

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  • from the oldies ....

    old atmosphere with delicious european delicacies. from cookies, ice cream, coffee and tea to fine dining. we like this resto a lot. we love to have dinner at toko oen. the oldest european style resto in semarang, owned by mr and mrs oen [they also have a branch at malang, east java and still open nowadays].toko oen's wiener schnitzel [nick's...

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Semarang Transportation

  • Bus from Yogyakarta to Semarang v.v.

    For a comfortable bus ride between Yogyakarta and Semarang, you may opt for the Joglosemar bus. As of July 2010 there is an hourly service in both directions from 5 am to 9 pm.The fare of IDR 50,000 is higher than that of the regular PATAS (airconditioned) buses, but the seats are more comfortable and the price includes a snack and a bottle of...

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  • Semarang Train Schedule

    For those who like train travel, below follows the timetable for trains leaving from and arriving at Semarang, as posted at Tawang Station on October 15th, 2012.The best train classs is executive (exec): airconditioned and reserved seats.Busines class business lacks AC, but has reserved seats.The cheap economy trains are crowded and hot.AC can be...

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  • Train from Yogyakarta to Semarang v.v.

    UPDATE 2012: Unfortunately this train service has been discontinued, not enough passengers. The best choice for the route Semarang-Yogya v.v. now is the Joglosemar bus service. And of course there are the regular intercity (PATAS) buses.Starting March 1, 2010, the Indonesian railway company has revived the route Yogyakarta to Semarang via Solo....

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Semarang Off The Beaten Path

  • Tanjung Mas lighthouse

    The lighthouse of Tanjung Mas harbour has guided ships for more than a century and is still operative. It was manufactured in 1883 by the Royal Dutch Blacksmith Factory in Leiden, which is to say that the whole tower is made of iron. It was assembled on the spot in 1884 by order of King William III of the Netherlands as a “revolving light of the...

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  • Birdlife in the city

    A colony of herons (in Indonesian called bangau) has chosen a few tamarind trees (pohon asam) along Jalan Setiabudi for their home. Every once in a while one of them takes off and flies slowly above the traffic below.These birds find their food in wetlands and paddy fields. But evidently they feel safe spending their resting time in the...

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