There are diverse Indonesian treasures in Semarang you must visit on your holiday. Semarang is Java’s energetic port city standing on the north coast and successfully manages to capitalize on its popular location. Semarang does represent a mixture of old and new Java, with a modern southerly ‘new town’ area and a more historical ‘Outstadt’ area on its northerly coastal plain. It is located next to Banjir canals and Yos Sudarso Bay.
In recent years, Semarang has luckily enjoyed a remarkably increased its tourism potentials. Now, more and more travelers come here to enjoy its colonial architecture and explore its rambling Arab and Chinese quarters. When firstly arriving in the city, you should consider paying a visit to the Central Java Tourist Information Office located on Jalan Pemuda and nearby the Chinese market. I also recommend you to spare plenty of time for an enormous shopping spree expedition around Simpang Lima complex. If you are a shopaholic, you will certainly go crazy to see a lot of interesting stuff offered there.
Valuable Indonesian Treasures in Semarang
The coastal city of Semarang features a selection of tempting beaches, suiting very well for families and beach goers. Marina Beach becomes one of the most popular ones in Semarang area. It is such a good place to go water skiing or snorkeling. You can explore the breathtaking view of the beach and its underwater beauty. Picturesque pleasurable cruises around the shoreline are available at Marina Beach. They are also worth trying to experience the most ultimate fun on your holiday. Nearby and on the island of Panjang is the tranquil Kartini Beach. Here, you can enjoy your private moments in this secluded island.
Moreover, if you simply wish to hang out with the locals, then Semarang Harbor is the perfect place to do it. Semarang Harbor provides the opportunity to observe some traditional ‘Pinisi’ sailing ships. Therefore, families often prefer Semarang as their holiday destination due to its numeorus theme parks and water parks. There are Kampoeng Wisata, Taman Mini Jawa Tengah and the TBRS Amusement Park. You can find more information about Semarang tourist destinations.
Great part of central Semarang is a lovely mixture of modern structures seen in Dutch colonial buildings lining on Jalan Jenderal Suprapto. Meanwhile, you can see the strong influence of Chinese architecture in both Sam Po Kong Temple and Tay Kak Sie Temple. Furthermore, most landmarks in Semarang don’t come much more impressive than its Grand Mosque (Mesjid Besar). It is the largest in the whole parts of Central Java dating back from the late 19th century.
It is also worth looking out for are Pagoda Avalokitesvara, Tugu Muda Monument, and the Lawang Sewu Building that has become affectionately known as the ‘Building of a Thousand Doors and Windows. Indeed, its special name is taken due to its rather excessive number of doors and windows. You can find more information about Semarang Landmarks and Monuments here.
Likewise, the museum offerings displayed in Semarang reflect its status as the capital of Central Java. This city uniquely has two interesting Jamu (Herbal) Museums that are brimming with information about local herbal medicines, which are artificially produced in Semarang in enormous quantities. If you want to learn more about the history of the city and its surrounding regions, you should then go to Ronggowarsito Museum. Otherwise, if you prefer something a bit more upbeat, then check out the fun Indonesian record breaking exhibits at the Museum Rekor Indonesia — MURI. You will get amazed on how Indonesian people make their lifetime achievements.
Not only museums, stunning art galleries in Semarang also exhibit beautiful art works of the locals. Arts in the city are represented at some number of galleries, with the best being the Gallery Semarang on Jalan Taman Srigunting and Museum Ronggowarsito on the Jalan Abdurrahman Saleh. Find out more information about Semarang Museums and Semarang Art Galleries here.
Obviously, Central Java is full of exciting and alluring tourist attractions and destinations. The good news is that Semarang is just a short journey away from some of the very best parts of Indonesia can offer. Nearby is the famous throughout Java and worldwide, the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur, dating back to the 9th century being built with more than two million blocks of stone. Besides that, especially close to Semarang are the towns of Ambarawa, Demak, Jepara and Kudus. Meanwhile, for something larger, consider an excursion to the quite distant cities of Solo (Surakarta) and Yogyakarta. Both of them lie to the south-east of Semarang.
They are all only a short summary of valuable Indonesian Treasures in Semarang you must visit. Semarang does still have enormous things to offer any travelers planning to pay a visit. This city is always ready to welcome any visitors with the most of its potentials. Not only the wonderful destinations and attractions, you can also satisfy your taste buds here. Semarang is very rich in culinary adventures. Some of its very best dishes are bandeng presto (specially processed fish so you can eat all parts of it), lumpia (Javanese dumplings), and wingko babat (Semarangs traditional sweet snacks).