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"The Cultural Capital of Central Java"

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A melting pot of cultures, Semarang is located on the northern coast of Java and is the main port of the Central Java province. Semarang's rich cultural diversity and religious plurality is a result of the many times the city has been annexed by foreign powers and it has been occupied numerous times. Brightly coloured temples, colonial-era buildings, vibrant Chinese festivals, and lavish mosques all come together to make up Semarang's distinctly heady mix of cultures. 

Semarang's strategic location along the northern Javanese coast makes it a popular stop-over hub for many cruise ships, which in turn makes the port-city a favourite day-trip destination amongst travellers looking for a slightly more off-beat experience. Semarang is known for its Dugderan festival celebrations, which heralds the coming of the Ramadan season. Attractions like Tugu Muda, the Sam Poo Kong temple, and the Grand Mosque highlight Semarang's cultural diversity.

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Blenduk Church
The protestant church, Blenduk Church, is quite popular amongst tourists for its colonial Dutch architectural design and for being the oldest church in Central Java, as it was built in 1753. It is located on Jalan Letjend Suprapto, 32 Kota Lama and remains open from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. There is no admission fee levied for visiting the facility.

Lawang Sewu
The historical site is known for its architectural design that has various doors and arcs and around 600 large windows. The name itself translates to “thousand doors” and the site is known to be haunted in folklore, although official attempts are constantly made to do away with the branding. It is located on Komplek Tugu Muda on the Pemuda street and the admission fee costs Rp 10,000 per adult and Rp 5,000 for children and students.

Gedong Batu Temple
Also known as the Sam Poo Kong is known for being the oldest Chinese temple in the region and is visited by both tourists and locals alike, especially during carnival season wherein people parade statutes of Zheng He, Lauw In and Thio Ke, who were famous and respected explorers, on the 30th of the sixth month for every lunar year. It is located on Jalan Simongan number 129 in Bongsari and remains open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day. Tickets for visiting only the square area cost Rp 10,000 and the fee goes up to Rp 30,000 for visiting the worship area too.

Central Java Great Mosque
Also known as Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah, the mosque is visited by tourists interested in the architectural make of the building and also by local followers of Islam. Being a highly popular tourist attraction, public transport like buses and trams are easily available for reaching the mosque. The mosque complex also has a restaurant for the visitors.

Chinatown in Semarang
The Semawis night market is open every night on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of the week from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and is located on Jalan Gang Warung, number 50. It is known for the delightful mix of Indonesian and Chinese cuisine available for the visitors and also other stalls that sell Chinese herbs, spices and snacks and also souvenir t-shirts. There is no admission fee for visiting the marketplace.

Important Information for Travellers

  • Since the temperature tends to remain hot all throughout the year, it is advisable to carry light and comfortable casual clothing.
  • For accommodation, it is best to stay in or around Simpang Lima, as the locality is considered to be central for tourists.
  • It is the hub for a lot of food chains and restaurants, shopping centres, hotels and more, making it ideal for a night out into the neighbourhood for trying out the local cuisine and markets.
  • While visiting the temples, it is well-advised to arrive at the earliest since these places tend to get crowded.

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What is the best time to visit Semarang?

The best time to visit Semarang is from July to early October. Semarang has a tropical rainforest climate which means that the weather mostly remains consistent except on noticeably wetter or drier months. June, July and August are the driest months of the year whereas October, September and May are the hottest.

If one is looking for cheaper hotel or flight rates, they should avoid visiting in November, January or May as these are the months of peak tourist activity. The least crowded month to visit Semarang would be July, allowing room for lower prices on bookings and air tickets.
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What are the things to do in Semarang?

The top things to do in Semarang are Sam Poo Kong, Mount Ungaran, Lake Rawa Pening, Great Mosque, Zip lining in Semarang, Lawang Sewu. You can see all the places to visit in Semarang here

What are the places near Semarang?

The top places near to Semarang are Borobudur which is 71 km from Semarang, Bandung which is located 311 km from Semarang, Surabaya which is located 256 km from Semarang, Yogyakarta which is located 88 km from Semarang, Surakarta which is located 74 km from Semarang

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