Things to Do

1. Experience the exotic journey at:

Taman Budaya Raden Saleh (Raden Saleh Cultural Park)

Located in the city center precisely on Jalan Sriwijaya no 29, making Raden Saleh Semarang Cultural Park easily accessible. In addition to its strategic location, this cultural park is surrounded by large trees to make it calm and shady. Entering the park, the Raden Saleh statue will greet us, as well as the vibrant mural and graffiti wall. Inside this park, go visit Ki Narto Sabdo art building with its charming Semarang ornaments. This artsy place is also often used for art performances. Next to the Ki Narto Sabdo building is a row of art galleries that sell various Semarang art crafts. Various paintings are also on display and sold in the gallery, complete with painting services at the place.

Address: Jl. Sriwijaya No.29, Tegalsari, Candisari, Semarang, Central Java

Gedong Songo

The site was originally built during the early period of the Medang Kingdom which controlled Central Java during the 8th and 9th centuries. Gedong Songo was erected out of volcanic stone and the two complexes represent the oldest Hindu structures in Java. The site also shows considerable influence from Indian Hindu temple architecture. The temples of Gedong Songo reflect a similar architectural structure to those on the Dieng Plateau, though they have less variation in form than them. At Temple 3, an entrance is outlined by a vestibule that is decorated by guardian figures. Temple III is a Shiva temple, paired with a facing Nandi shrine. The buildings have been considerably restored in recent decades.

Address: Krajan, Candi, Bandungan, Semarang, Central Java

Great Mosque of Central Java

This is one of the most majestic mosques in Indonesia. Adapting architectural style from around the world, Javanese, Roman, Greek, this place appears very unique. The central roof resembles the roof of a “joglo”, the traditional Javanese house. In the central courtyard are six large hydraulically operated umbrellas, inspired by the ones at Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. Beyond the arches is an inscription on a 3.2-meter (10 ft) tall, 7.8 ton stone from Mount Merapi, designed by Nyoman M. Alim.

Lawang Sewu

Lawang Sewu or Thousand Doors was built as the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies Railway Company. The name comes from its design, with numerous doors and arcs. The building also has about 600 large windows. In late 2013 the Semarang city government announced plans to eliminate the building’s “spooky image” in order to attract more visitors. This was to encompass a reimagining of the site as a place for social and cultural activities, supported by renovations of the building. At the time, Lawang Sewu attracted an average of 1,000 visitors daily.

Address: Jl. Pemuda, Sekayu, Semarang Tengah, Semarang, Central Java

Sam Poo Kong Temple

It 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 Sam Poo Kong complex includes five temples in a mixed Chinese and Javanese architectural style. The temples are Sam Poo Kong (the oldest), Tho Tee Kong, Kyai Juru Mudi Temple, Kyai Jangkar Temple, and Kyai Cundrik Bumi Temple. The buildings are spread over 3.2 hectares (7.9 acres).

Address: Jl. Simongan No.129, Bongsari, Semarang Barat, Semarang, Central Java

2. Capture the scenic view at:

Karimunjawa

As Semarang is known as a multicultural city with busy trading activity, this city also has this hidden beauty at Karimunjawa. The place is famous for its exquisite panoramic views and preserved. Enjoy the mesmerizing white sand beaches spread over several points and the unique culture of the local community. Karimunjawa boasts of a massive collection of marine flora and fauna, ranging from tropical fish to the birds you can see flying above the archipelago. To get Karimunjawa, you can use travel agent services in Semarang.

Brown Canyon

Brown Canyon is a former mining site in Meteseh, Tembalang, Semarang. This location is one of the popular tourist sites in Semarang and is considered to be similar to the Grand Canyon in the United States. This resemblance lies in the hills which turn into steep cliffs.

Address: Rowosari, Tembalang, Semarang City, Central Java

Umbul Sidomukti

Umbul Sidomukti is a tourist area with several exciting spots inside. One you must visit is the Taman Renang Alam or Natural Swimming Park. Its unique shape is the main attraction of this place where you can also swim while overlooking the lush green view.

Address: Sidomukti, Bandungan, Jimbaran, Manggung, Jimbaran, Central Java

3. Get your adventurous moment at:

Genting Kendal

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For those who like adrenaline, Tubing Genting offers river tubing, rafting using tires. You can cross along the river while enjoying a beautiful and natural view, as well as cliffs full of exotic rocks in Kedung Wali. The uniqueness of this cliff is the rocks that are shaped like a box with a rather rounded corner and neatly arranged like temple stones. This cliff stretches about 200 meters with the river flow for its own river tubing around 2 KM.

Address: Jl. Genting Baru No. 94 Singorojo Kendal, Kedungboto, Kendal, Central Java

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