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Things to see and do

Lawang Sewu
Cnr of Jalan Pemuda and Jalan Pandanaran

What the Eiffel Tower is to Paris and the Opera House is to Sydney, Lawang Sewu is to Semarang. ... Read more about Lawang Sewu .

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Kota Lama

Have your camera ready as you explore Semarang’s Kota Lama, the former colonial Dutch city centre (sometimes referred to as the Dutch, Oudstadt) and Semarang’s most captivating area of town. ... Read more about Kota Lama .

Tay Kak Sie Temple

Semarang’s Chinese population is more visible than in many other Indonesian cities and within the Chinatown area (Pechinan Semarang) tucked around a bend in the Semarang River, a network of narrow laneways and streets are stuffed with gold shops, Chinese medicine stores, and smokey incense-filled temples. ... Read more about Tay Kak Sie Temple .

Sam Poo Kong Temple
Jalan Simongan 129, Semarang

Sam Poo Kong Temple is Semarang’s largest Chinese temple complex encompassing a handful of large colourful tiered pagodas facing an open courtyard harbouring a towering statue of Chinese Ming Dynasty Muslim Admiral, Cheng Ho (Zeng He). ... Read more about Sam Poo Kong Temple .

Museum of Central Java Ranggawarsita
1 Jalan Abdulrahman Saleh, Semarang
T: (0247) 602 389

The Museum of Central Java Ranggawarsita is the province’s flagship cultural and ethnographic museum with an impressive collection of cultural treasures, housed unfortunately in a building that is literally falling in upon them. ... Read more about Museum of Central Java Ranggawarsita .

Gereja Blenduk
32 Jalan Letnan Jendral Suprapto, Kota Lama, Semarang
T: (0243) 554 271

The unusual copper-domed Gereja Blenduk in the heart of Semarang’s Kota Lama, or old city, is one of Indonesia’s most historic churches, built in 1753 and still welcoming worshippers for regular Sunday services. ... Read more about Gereja Blenduk .

Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery
5-6 Jalan Taman Srigunting, Semarang
T: (0243) 552 099

While you’re exploring the streets of Semarang’s Kota Lama, the colonial old city, shake it up a little by dropping into Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery for a dose of contemporary Indonesian talent. ... Read more about Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery .

Kampung Pelangi
500m south of Lawang Sewu.

Add a little colour to your Semarang trip with a visit to Kampung Pelangi (Rainbow Village). ... Read more about Kampung Pelangi .

Mosques, Churches and Temples

Multicultural and multi-faith Semarang is a microcosm of Indonesia itself, evident in the diversity of places of worship, from the ancient temples at nearby Candi Gedung Songo, to the modern Middle Eastern-Javanese-mashup State Mosque, Mesjid Agung Jawa Tengah and you could easily fill a day visiting Semarang’s mosques, historic churches and temples. ... Read more about Mosques, Churches and Temples .

Candi Gedong Songo
35 kilometres south of Semarang.

Candi Gedong Songo is among Java’s oldest antiquities, a complex of seven small Hindu temples dating from the eighth or ninth centuries (plus several more in ruins). ... Read more about Candi Gedong Songo .

Indonesian Railway Museum
40 kilometres south of Semarang

Trainspotters and Thomas the Tank Engine fans will get a buzz out of the Indonesian Railway Museum in Ambarawa, about 40 kilometres south of ... Read more about Indonesian Railway Museum .

Mesjid Agung Demak
30 kilometres northeast of Semarang

Mesjid Agung Demak is Java’s oldest mosque, at the heart of Java’s first Islamic kingdom established in the late 15th century, and instrumental in the spread of Islam throughout the nation. ... Read more about Mesjid Agung Demak .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Semarang? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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