Planning a weekend getaway? Semarang could be your choice as the city offers more than you expected. Here are 5 places to visit in Semarang for your short and memorable weekend getaway.
1. Kota Lama
Kota Lama or Old Town an open public area where you can enjoy the city’s vintage ambiance. This area used to be the trade center on the 19th-20th century in Semarang. The area is around 31 hectares. Judging from geographical conditions, it appears that this area is separate from the surrounding area so that it looks like its own city and people call it “Little Netherland”. The Old Town area of Semarang is a witness to the history of the Dutch colonial period for more than two centuries. In this place, there are about 50 ancient buildings that still stand firm and keeps a history of Colonialism in Semarang.
There is also this iconic building stands in this area named Blenduk Church. The octagonal church, built on a stone foundation and with single-layer brick walls, has its ground floor at street level. It is topped by a large, copper-skinned dome, from which it gets its common name the Javanese word mblenduk means dome. The dome is supported by 32 steel beams, 8 large and 24 small. Blenduk was established in 1753; the initial building had a joglo-style. Although meant for Protestants, Catholics also used it until the first Catholic church in the city, in Gedangan, was built. In February 2009, Blenduk received an award for Best Maintained Old Place of Worship from the Central Java branch of the Architects’ Society of Indonesia.
Address: Jl. Letjen Suprapto No.32, Tj. Mas, Semarang Utara, Semarang, Central Java
2. 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
3. Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery
The Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery is an old building that has undergone several renovations. In its history, this building was demolished and rebuilt in 1918 in colonial style and was recorded as the first office of an insurance company named “De Indische Lloyd” in 1937. Until 2007, Chris Dharmawan, an art collector doing renovations and officially used Semarang Gallery in 2008. By paying an entrance ticket of Rp 10,000, – per person, we can already enjoy seeing art galleries with satisfaction. The place held different exhibitions every other time. On our last visit, this gallery exhibited Goenawan Mohamad breathtaking paintings. Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery located in the Old Town area.
4. Sam Po Kong
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
5. Asem-Asem Koh Liem
To complete your weekend getaway, dine in the city’s legendary place, Asem-Asem Koh Liem. This old and humble restaurant offers the best asem-asem or sweet-sour beef soup in town. You can also choose other traditional menu selection, ranging from chicken to seafood with memorable taste. Be ready to line up during lunch, but we can say that it’s all worth it.
Where to Stay
Newly opened in the central area of Semarang. ARTOTEL Gajahmada – Semarang is the best choices for your stay. Appears as modern-minimalist hotel, ARTOTEL Gajahmada – Semarang also equipped with high-quality service, amenities, and of course exceptional comfort.
Jl. Gajahmada No.101, Miroto, Semarang Tengah, Semarang, Central Java
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