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  • Rangga Warsita
    3 stars

    Of particular value are the exhibits documenting the Indonesian battle for independence which saw the Dutch withdraw and Indonesia successfully claim independence. Of course these exhibits and dioramas are highly patriotic and paint a glorified picture of what took place, but are interesting ... read more

  • Lawang Sewu
    3 stars

    Construction commenced in 1904 on the large main building with features such as high ceilings, large windows and many doors – Lawang Sewu meaning "thousand doors" in Javanese. After the Japanese invasion during the Second World War, the Japanese used these buildings among other things for rape ... read more

  • Old City
    4 stars

    It's a small area of town that warrants a walk around, a few photos and perhaps a visit to the old Dutch church built in the 1700s. Sadly most of the buildings in the Old City are rundown, falling down or simply just facades of former glory. Even though the buildings themselves are largely ... read more

  • Pasar Ya'ik Baru
    3 stars

    Upon entering the market, you are immediately transported into a labyrinth of fake designer handbag, clothes and shoe stalls. The prices here are already keen, but with stallholders desperate to do business, bargaining is all but a certainty. Apart from clothes and accessories, there are also a ... read more

  • Chinatown
    4.5 stars

    It is one of those places that can look deceptively mundane at first glance, but it quickly reveals itself as a little slice of bustling Semarang intent of making a statement – it's in fact one of the city's highlights especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights when the Semawis night market ... read more

  • Simpang Lima
    3 stars

    Simpang Lima, or Five-way Intersection, is simply a massive roundabout with a large park in the middle of it. What makes this particular place appealing to visitors, however, are the shops and malls around the outside of it which provide a welcome relief from the midday heat. It's a perfect ... read more

  • Semarang port
    3 stars

    Also at the port you'll occasionally see ships from the Indonesian and other foreign navies which provide a stunning contrast to the run down perahus in the neighbouring docks. But if you do come here, you absolutely should retain the services of an ojek for a number of reasons. Firstly, the ... read more

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