City of Semarang (Central Java)

The city of Semarang is included to the province Central Java and to the regency Semarang City

Presentation of the destination

Semarang, Indonesia – land of temples

Semarang is a city located on the northern coast of the island of Java; it is the capital, and largest city of the Java province, and the fifth largest city in Indonesia. Semarang has a population of approximately two million people. The climate in Semarang is tropical rainforest, bordering on tropical monsoon, with an average rainfall of 2780mm. The annual average high is 31°c; and the average annual low just 25.2°c. Semarang was founded by the Dutch in 1682, although it didn’t officially become a city until 1705. Establishing railways and tobacco plantations in the 19th century made the city an important trade centre for agricultural products. The city was occupied by the Japanese in 1942, and became the capital of the province after Indonesian independence in 1945.

Points of interests / things to see

Sam Poo Kong Temple

Sam Poo Kong is the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang; it was established by a Chinese Muslim explorer - Admiral Zheng He – sometime between 1400 and 1416; although the exact date is unknown. The original temple was completely destroyed by a landslide in 1704, was rebuilt in 1724, and has been renovated several times since, most recently in the early 2000s. There are 5 temples in a mixed Javanese-Chinese style, spread out over 3.2 hectares. The temples do not belong to any specific religion. Beneath the altar in the main temple there is a spring, which is said to never run dry and have healing powers. In the middle of the 1800s the temple was owned by a Mr. Johanes who charged the community to pray at the temple, this was not something the locals should afford, and so they began to pray instead at Tay Kak Sie. People returned to the temple when Oci Tije Sing bought the temple in 1879 and made it free of charge. Every lunar year on the 30th day of the sixth month there is a parade from Tay Kak Sie to Sam Poo Kong, in honour of Zheng He’s birthday.   Address: Simongan Road, Barusari, South Semarang, Semarang City. Website: N/A. Email Address: N/A. Telephone: N/A. Opening Hours: 24/7. Entrance Fee: Rp 30,000.  

Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah

Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah, or the Great Mosque of Central Java, is a mosque which was built in the early 2000s in Semarang. Preparations for its construction were started in 2002, although it wasn’t completed and inaugurated until 2006. It has truly earned its name as the “Great Mosque” as it covers over 10 hectares and can house 15,000 people in the prayer area. There are three central buildings in a U shape, with a domed mosque in the centre; the two arms of the U are an auditorium and library, respectively. In the courtyard there are six hydraulically powered umbrellas which are used to protect worshipers, and which represent the six tenets of Iman. On top of all this, a rotating restaurant opened on the 18th floor of the Asmaul Husna Tower in 2008. Address: Masjid Agung Jawa Tengah, Semarang. Website: www.majit.org Email Address: majitpress@yahoo.com Telephone: (024) 6725412 Opening Hours: 07:00-17:00 and 19:00-21:00. Entrance Fee: IDR 5,000 (Entrance to the tower).

Lawang Sewu

Lawung Sewu or, “Thousand Doors”, is a colonial era building which is famous as a haunted house. It was built between 1904 and 1919, and consists of four buildings. There used to be tunnels connecting the main buildings to several locations in the city, although these are no longer in use. It was first used by the premier railway company in the Dutch East Indies, although the Japanese took control when they invaded Indonesia, turning the second biggest building into a prison, where countless executions took place. After the war the Indonesian Army took back control of Lawang Sewu, and later returned it to the railway company. Since 1992 it has been declared as a cultural property of Indonesia and has undergone many renovations, leading to a re-inauguration in 2011. Many tourists claim to have seen ghosts in the building. The main sightings relate to a Dutchwoman, who is said to have committed suicide in the building, and headless ghouls roaming the halls. In 2007 a horror film was even released based on the legend of the building, entitled “Lawang Sewu: Dendam Kuntilanak”.   Address: Jalan Soegiyagranoto, Indonesia. Website: N/A. Email Address: N/A. Telephone: +62 24 3542015. Opening Hours: N/A. Entrance Fee: Rp 10,000.

Tay Kak Sie Temple

 Tay Kak Sie is the main temple in Chinatown. It was built in 1746, initially as a residence and place to worship the Goddess Kwan Im Poo Sat Sie, although it became a Chinese temple in 1771. The main temple is now dedicated to Buddha, with many shrines to minor deities also. It is a much less commercial place than Sam Poo Kong, and so many tourists prefer it. You should go and look around the temple, even if just to admire the architectural design, or if you maybe would like to have your fortune told.  It is suggested that tourists visit outside of worship time, this is not a necessity, but, allows you to explore the entire temple more freely. Visit on a weekend evening and take advantage of the night market along the river bank. Don’t forget to try the famous Lunpia Ganj Lombok, which is open daily 08:00-17:00.   Address: Tay Kak Sie Temple, Jolan Gang Lombok, Semarang Tengah, Kota Semarang, Jawa Tengah. Website: N/A. Email Address: N/A. Telephone: N/A. Opening Hours: 24/7. Entrance Fee: Free.

Blenduk Church

Blenduk Church is the oldest church in the province; it was originally built in 1753, although it has since been rebuilt twice, once in 1787, and once in 1894. It is an octagonal church topped by a large copper-skinned dome – which gives it its name, and is filled with etched and stained-glass windows. There are not a huge amount of historical artifacts in the church; however, there is a non-functional baroque pipe organ from the 1700s. If you are going to walk around the old town of Semarang, it is worth stopping by Blenduk Church, just to admire the architecture; it’s a lovely photo opportunity.   Address: Salan Letjen Suprapto 32, Indonesia. Website: N/A. Email Address: N/A. Telephone: +62 24 3554271. Opening Hours: N/A. Entrance Fee: N/A.

Tugu Muda

  Tuga Muda is a historic monument commemorating the struggle for independence by the Indonesian youth. In 1945 there was a five day battle between the youth of Semarang and a Japanese battalion lead by Major Kido, during the war of Independence. The top of the monument is shaped like a candle to represent the unending fighting spirit of the Semarang youth to defend not just their town, but their country. The monument was designed by Salim, the reliefs were done by Hendro, and it was dedicated by President Sukarno on the 20th May 1953.   Address: Tugu Muda, Semarang, Semarang City. Website: N/A. Email Address: N/A. Telephone: N/A. Opening Hours: 24/7. Entrance Fee: Free.

Museum Ronggowarsito

  Museum Ronggowarsito is the biggest museum in the city with over 50,000 items from all over the world. There are exhibitions on geology, palaeontology, relics from the ages f civilisation, the legacy of Hindu-Buddhist civilisation, history of the struggle for independence, technology, traditional crafts, an art gallery, and a gold collection. These exhibitions are spread out over 4 permanent exhibition halls, each with two halls, and there is also an additional gold collection chamber.   Address: Jl Adbulrahmen Saleh No1, Kalibangten Kulon, Semarang, Jawa Tengah. Website: www.museumranggawarsita.com Email Address: info@museumranggawarsita.com Telephone: 024 7602389 Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-15:30 Entrance Fee: Adults – IDR 4,000, Children – IDR 2,000.

Water Blaster ID

Water Blaster ID   Water Blaster is the biggest water park in Semarang. It covers 4 hectares and has a multitude of rides, from a lazy river, to an Indiana Jones style obstacle course, to a zip line, and of course there are water slides too! There are also many dry-land activities, a giant chess board, ATVs, football, and even paintball. It is sure to be a fun day out for all the family.   Address: GPS 7° 1’19.38”S, 110° 26’18.68”E. Website: waterboomsemarang.com Email Address: You can contact them directly through the website. Telephone: 024 850030. Opening Hours: Monday 13:00-17:30, Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-17:30, Sunday 07:00-17:30. Entrance Fee: Monday to Friday Rp 35,000, Saturday and Sunday Rp 50,000.

Museum Jamu Njonja Meneer

Semarang is well-known for its Jamu. Jamu is a herbal medicine which is extensively cultivated in the area. Jamu Njonja Meneer is a large manufacturer of Jamu, where you will also find a museum and guided tours. The museum was founded in 1984 with the intention of preserving ancestral cultural heritage, by explaining the history of Jamu. It is one of the top museums in Indonesia.   Address: Street Jl Raya Kaligawe, Km 4, Semarang. Website: www.nyonyameneer.com Email Address: nymeneer@nyonyameneer.com Telephone: 024 6582529 Opening Hours: Sunday – Friday 10:00-15:30. Entrance Fee: N/A.

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Vacation rentals in Semarang (Central Java)

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RedDoorz Near Politeknik Ilmu Pelayaran 2
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RedDoorz near Taman Rejomulyo
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Djajanti House
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Kost Semarang Peterongan Timur
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HOME STAY PARADISO
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RedDoorz Plus near Undip Tembalang
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5 EUR / night
The Backpacker Semarang
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8 EUR / night
Imam Bonjol Hostel
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Rumah Nyaman Back Packer
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Pandanaran Guest House
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Jasmine Park Guest House
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RedDoorz near Java Supermall Semarang
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Just Inn Semarang
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Roemah Pantes Semarang
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Airy Gombel Bukit Sari Raya 1 Semarang
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Dahlia Residence
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RedDoorz Plus Near Paragon Mall Semarang
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View Hills
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Weather in Semarang

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Time in semarang

Local time

Local time and timezone in semarang

Semarang time
Timezone
UTC +7:00 (Asia/Jakarta)
Summer time UTC +6:00
Winter time UTC +7:00

Figures

Country :
Indonesia
Locality :
Semarang
Administrative area 1 :
Central Java
Administrative area 2 :
Semarang City
Country code :
ID
Latitude :
-7.0051453
Longitude :
110.4381254

Surrounding towns

  • Ungaran ~15 km
  • West Ungaran ~15 km
  • Bergas ~19 km
  • Djomblang ~3 km
  • Karangaweh ~15 km
  • Penawangan ~16 km
  • Dukun ~17 km
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How to get there ?

Getting There and Getting Around

Getting There   Air – Semarang is served by Achmad Yami International Airport, which is located in Western Semarang. It offers mainly domestic flights, although there are international flights to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. There are bus and taxi transfers from the airport to the city. www.achmadyani-airport.com   Road – Indonesian Route 1 connects Semarang to Merak and Ketapang, Indonesian Route 14 connects Semarang to Bawen.   Rail – There are two main train stations connecting Semarang to other places in Indonesia; Semarang Procol and Semarang Tawang.   Getting Around   Taxis are readily available once arrived in the city, and driving yourself will also not be a problem, although there are toll roads around Semarang.

Hotels in Semarang (Central Java)

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Hotel Ibis Semarang Simpang Lima

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Novotel Semarang

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New Metro Hotel

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Quest Hotel Semarang

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Pandanaran Hotel

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Hotel Santika Premiere Semarang

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Dafam Hotel Semarang

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Amaris Hotel Pemuda Semarang

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Gumaya Tower Hotel

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Oak Tree Emerald Hotel Semarang

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Grand Candi Hotel

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Patra Hotel & Convention Semarang

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Whiz Hotel Pemuda Semarang

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Hotel Grasia

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Java Go Residence by Jiwa Jawa

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Ibis Budget Semarang Tendean