Interesting Landmarks and Monuments in Semarang

Interesting Landmarks and Monuments in Semarang

There are some interesting landmarks and monuments in Semarang. Indeed, Semarang is a very interesting city to visit since it is full of character of Dutch colonial buildings and ostentatious landmarks. Some of them even strongly reflect its Chinese heritage with the highest number of current population, being particularly noticeable within the ‘Old City’ area.

You can actually find several grand Chinese temples and monuments within Semarang area, such as Tay Kak Sie Temple, Sam Po Kong Temple, and Pagoda Avalokitesvara. Meanwhile, other very noteworthy landmarks in Semarang include the prominent Youth Monument (Tugu Muda Monument) and the Grand Mosque (Mesjid Besar). Lawang Sewu Building also deserves a mention since it has earned itself the nickname of the ‘Building of a Thousand Doors and Windows’. This building gets very popular because of the rumors saying that this place is haunted and very spooky. However, it makes more and more people get curious to see this place themselves.

Here are the most interesting landmarks and monuments in Semarang that you should visit:

1. Tay Kak Sie Temple

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The Tay Kak Sie Temple becomes a major landmark in the Chinatown district of Semarang. It was completed in the early 1770s. Located just off the Jalan Pekojan and nearby the river, the Tay Kak Sie Temple really does come to life and flare during the exciting Chinese New Year celebrations. During crucial Chinese celebrations, it is fully decorated with huge quantities of glowing red lanterns and banners. This Confucian temple becoming one of the oldest temples that the city has to offer so that it does get the highest visitor numbers, throughout the year. Come here during the Chinese celebrations to witness the most exciting festival and attraction.

Address: Gang Lombok, off Jalan Pekojan, Semarang, Indonesia

Open hours: daily

Admission: free

2. Sam Po Kong Temple (Gedung Batu)

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Sam Po Kong Temple was built in the early part of the 15th century in order to honor Muslim Chinese commander and eunuch, Admiral Cheng Ho of the Ming Dynasty who visited Semarang in 1405. This Temple underwent extensive renovation in 2005 — 2006 in order to celebrate its 600th anniversary and further to commemorate Cheng Ho’s historical expedition to Java. This temple shows its grace with its sweeping three-tiered roof and oriental facade. Located some 5 km/3 miles to the south-west of the city center, Sam Po Kong Temple features an expansive main hall, around which there is an inner chamber, bordered by two stylized Chinese dragons. Interestingly, the buildings official name of Gedung Batu literally translates as ‘stone building’.

Address: Jalan Simongan 129, Semarang, Indonesia

Open hours: daily

Admission: charge

3. Grand Mosque (Mesjid Besar)

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The Grand Mosque of Semarang does certainly live up to its name, since it really is a very eye-dazzling building. Rebuilt totally in 1885 after the former mosque standing here was destroyed by fire, the Grand Mosque immediately became the biggest mosque in the whole of Central Java. Known locally as Mesjid Besar, this Grand Mosque has a sweeping red-tile roof that you can find on Jalan Pemuda, next to the Pasar Johar square, where it faces the market.

This amazing mosque has the capability to comfortably accommodate more than 10,000 people. Most of all, this mosque is very easy to spot since it is topped with an obviously huge dome and four towering minarets, while the four tall pillars stand outside, by the main steps. Beautifully designed with a wonderful mixture of Asian, Middle Eastern and European architecture, the Grand Mosque also boasts an elaborately decorated interior, where no expense has been spared.

Address: Jalan Pemuda/Pasar Johar, Semarang, Indonesia

Open hours: daily

Admission: charge

4. Youth Monument (Tugu Muda Monument)

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The Youth Monument is located on the westerly side of Simpang Lima attraction, in the central part of the city. This obelisk has been erected to commemorate the old times battle for independence. Tugu Muda stands to commemorate those soldiers who sadly lost their lives during the five-day battle between freedom fighters from Indonesia and Japanese soldiers, in October 1945. The heroes monument stands in a large roundabout and is bounded by a number of further prominent structures, such as Lawang Sewu Building.

Open hours: daily – 24 hours

Admission: free

5. Lawang Sewu Building (Building Of A Thousand Doors and Windows)

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Literally known as the ‘Building of a Thousand Doors and Windows’, Lawang Sewu once served as the headquarters for the city’s railway company. Nevertheless, this building was formerly a colonial office for both Dutch and Japanese governments. Lawang Sewu really does boast an enormous number of windows and doors, with some beautiful stained glass windows. Lawang Sewu began its construction in 1903 and was fully completed in 1907, when it was officially inaugurated.

The twin towers enhance a definite Gothic-like appearance. Although it truly is a beautiful and enormous structure, its future remains fairly uncertain. After it has been left empty for a period of years and suffered with leaky roofs and consequent rain damage, the locals consider Lawang Sewu to be one of the most haunted places in Semarang. So, keep an eye out for the supernatural thing in this place.

Open hours: daily

Admission: free

6. Pagoda Avalokitesvara

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Being endowed with an elevated background, Pagoda Avalokitesvara is particularly hard to miss at night. It looks so graceful as it is fully illuminated really standing out on the skyline. As a part of the city’s Vihara Buddhagaya Watugong complex, Pagoda Avalokitesvara measures in at just under 50 meters/164 feet high making it the tallest landmark of its kind in Indonesia. The pagoda was built in order to honor Kuan Yin (Kwan Im), the goddess of mercy so that there are numerous statues of this goddess dotted around the structure.

Address: Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan, Semarang, Indonesia

Open hours: daily

Admission: charge

Visit all those interesting landmarks and monuments in Semarang to learn more about the real history of the city. You will also be impressed with the beauty of the local cultures reflected in its crucial buildings set as the landmarks of the city. Have you ever been to Semarang? Share your experience in your comments.

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