One Day Trip Off To Semarang

Wander down the broad avenues of fundamental Semarang now, and you’re going to pass 18th-, 19th- and – 20th-century European-style buildings. These were constructed through Semarang’s long colonial rule from the Dutch, as it was an important port and trading centre. In reality, the old city, or Kota Lama, is frequently known as Small Netherland. After the independence of Indonesia in 1945, the centre was failed up till as recently as 20 decades back; natives inhabited it. But a concerted attempt to revamp the centre has brought new life to its tasteful Dutch structures, along with the town’s heart is again the focus of action. Are you planning a vacation to Semarang? This is the one-day itinerary that you can copy.

Morning Breakfast At Spiegel Bar And Bistro

Located in the middle of Semarang’s old city, Spiegel Bar & Bistro is ideally situated to begin a day’s sightseeing in Semarang. With its high ceilings, exposed brick, industrial-style lights and tasteful pub, it is also a fashionable location for a snack to eat. The all-day breakfasts here consist of potato rosti with poultry and eggs, an egg burrito and The Big Breakfast (eggs, bacon, potatoes, baked beans, tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms).  

They also serve a range of artisanal Java tea and juices. Head into the Protestant church before checking out classic wares. The domed Blenduk Church dates back to 1753, which makes it the oldest Protestant church in Central Java. Indonesia counts six religions and many more native religions. While nearly 90% of the populace is Muslim, Protestantism is still the nation’s second-largest faith. Before entering, choose from the octagonal aluminium ribbon and both clock towers which top the white-painted outside, then go inside to appreciate the glorious baroque organ along with a hot, floating pulpit.

Take A Walk to Kampung Batik Gedong

Indonesia is known for its batik print, a conventional cloth-dyeing technique. The batik sector was in its peak from the late 1800s to early 1900s, but diminished during the Japanese Occupation (1942–1945) and further through liberty, as a result of the influx of Western clothes.  

Thankfully, ever since the government attempted to promote the artwork in 2000, it has undergone a revival, with people throughout the nation sporting batik print on a routine basis. In 2009, batik was inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity record. Keep an eye out for the diverse patterns throughout your Indonesia journeys, and the majority of which are specific to various areas.

Perfect Lunch At Pesta Keboen Restaurant

Enjoy lunch a bit outside of this old city at Pesta Keboen Restoran. It is an hour’s walk, but you can take bus R11E three stops out of Johar (about the roundabout near Kampung Batik) into Jalan Imam Bonjol 8, and then cross back into Jalan Pemuda street to choose the C6 12 stops to Jalan Kyai Saleh, a five-minute walk in the restaurant.  

The inside is decorated with classic children’s toys. Still, it attempts to have a table at the beautiful courtyard, which provides a lot of shaded areas to sit outdoors, unlike lots of the dining choices closer to the middle of the city. Filled with greenery, flowers cascade down from the roof along with potted plants surrounding the tables.

Visiting Sam Poo Kong Temple

The temple is currently dedicated for Sam Poo Kong. Its own walls comprise plaques attributing many fantastic actions to the entire world, such as “To assist Java to appease the civil war”, talking about this Paregreg Civil War between the west and east kings of Java; “To exterminate the pirate Chen Zhu Yi”, at the time among their most feared pirates in Southeast Asia; and “To quell the rebellion of Su Gan La / Iskandar”, when Zeng-He and his powers are considered to have come to the help of a civil war in Northern Sumatra. 

Testing Your Guts At Lawang Sewu

Described by Semarang neighbourhood Musa since “the prior most-haunted construction” at Semarang, Lawang Sewu had been finished in 1919 and initially set the Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij (the Dutch East Indies’s first railroad company). Throughout World War II, it had been shot by the Japanese, who used it to maintain prisoners of war. Following independence, it turned into the army division of Indonesia. It was left in 1993 and fell into disrepair until its recovery in 2010–2016.

Dutch ghosts are said to haunt Lawang Sewu, such as a Dutch girl considered to have committed suicide in the construction, and you will find tales of visitors talking Dutch, seemingly under the influence of the ghouls. It is still a spooky trip, however. Pay the entry fee to stroll around, and head up to the massive attic storage area, in which bats roost, passing the apparently endless corridors of doors across the way — you will find 928 doors in total, the reason for the building’s title, meaning “Thousand Doors”.

Spending The Rest of The Day At Pasar Semawis

Should you just happen to be in Semarang in the weekend, then go back to town from Lawang Sewu to get a wander through Pasar Semawis (Friday-Sunday). The night market is full of street-food stalls selling a variety of snacks and meals from around Indonesia and other areas of Asia. Keep an eye out for babi saté (pork saté), grilled meats, Chinese-style noodles and fresh fruit. 

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