Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Old Time Memory in Semarang-Central Java

Semarang is located on the northern coast and the capital is called Java Central, since it is located roughly halfway between the eastern and western coasts of the island. The surroundings around Semarang are perfect for day trips and face and excursions.

The old records of this town go back to the 15th to 18th century AD and captivating where colonial and ancient monuments still standing up to date. In the oldest part of town, near the port, you can always find an interesting collection of buildings dating from the colonial era and the Dutch East India Company Dutch, as GEREJA BLENDUK, is the eldest of the Christian Church in central Java built by the Dutch community in 1753. It shows the architecture of the 18th century church with its huge dome and a baroque organ inside the building. Near the church, there are some buildings in the Dutch colonial era. STASIUN TAWANG, the central railway station with his "Old Time" architecture also found in this area. While LAWANG SEWU or generally known as Thousand Doors, located in downtown Semarang is also a remarkable building in the "Old Dutch Time."

Apart from an interesting collection of Dutch colonial buildings, there is a Chinese buildings also remain in Semarang. In the western part of Semarang, SAMPOKONG temple or locally known as Batu Gedong (Stone Building) was devoted to the Chinese admiral Cheng Ho Muslim, his fleet arrived in the first of 1406 AD. The other Chinese Buddhist temple was Tay Kak you Lombok Street built in the year 1772.

Travels Guide!

  1. By air: From Semarang and is easily accessible by air, the airport name is Ahmad Yani Semarang located to the west around five km from the city centre. There are several airlines such as Garuda and Merpati, connect with other cities in Indonesia, such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Banjarmasin, etc.
  2. By train: The main railway station is Tawang, in the old part of town. The main falls between Semarang, Surabaya and Cirebon. There is also a service to Solo.
  3. By Bus: The main bus terminal is Terboyo, in the eastern part of the city. Several bus companies serve the inter-city routes with many cities in Java, Bali and Sumatra. Direct information can be collected directly in the terminal.
  4. By boat: The port of Semarang is in Tanjung Mas. There are regular routes for passengers to and from Semarang sail to other islands, such as Kalimantan. The main line is Pelni. Inquire also for occasional freighter, taking passengers in the port.
Accomodations: This city has enough housing for its visitors, the hotel for star hotels. Some hotels located downtown and in every field luxurious. The facilities comply with international demands combination of traditional specialities.

Getting around:
You can move through the city by becak/pedicab (three-wheeled vehicle) only in the northern part of the city, a mini-bus, bus and taxi.

Must See Things and Activity:

While in Semarang, you can visit other places of interest, such as:
  1. Simpang Lima is a square with many shops and cinemas around. In the evening, many people are here to walk or shopping spree. Early in the morning, people are jogging along the street.
  2. Gombel, his favourite place on the hill with its fresh air and picturesque landscape. In the evening, people like to be here to relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the city and harbour.
  3. Maerakaca Puri, it is a well planned park on the beach exhibiting traditional houses of all regencies in Central Java. In these homes, businesses specific to each regency are displayed and many moore.
There are many restaurants in Semarang offering delicious food Indonesian, Chinese and European cuisine. We should find easily in Jl. Pemuda around Pasar Johar cheapest in the specialty Simpang Lima mail.

The area of Gang Lombok and Jl. Gadjah Mada is famous for its Chinese restaurants, Jl. A. Yani there are restaurants tasteful Javanese.

Semarang is famous for its Lumpia (Chinese Spring Rolls), Pia, Wingko Babat and Bandeng Presto (discounts Fish).

Memory Tricks: From souvenirs and objets d'art are available in Semarang, mainly in downtown areas and popular markets or shopping malls. Batik fabrics and garments, fabrics hand, traditional and local, jewellery, leather puppets, basketry and many.

Travel Tips :
  • The climate is most pleasant between May and September, and it is recommended that travellers choose this time of year to visit
  • Dress light and comfortable to wear
  • Do not forget to bring an umbrella or a raincoat, in the event of rain. [Source: www.my-indonesia.info and moore]
Semarang Image Library