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Things to see and do

Rangga Warsita
Jalan Abdulrahman Saleh No.1, Semarang
T: (024) 760 2389

The Central Java Museum, otherwise known as Rangga Warsita, is a museum of general nature with a few exhibits worth going out of your way to see. 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 ... Read more about Rangga Warsita .

Lawang Sewu
Cnr of Jalan Pemuda and Jalan Pandanaran

Lawang Sewu is a series of Dutch colonial buildings built for the administrators of the railways of the Dutch East Indies and now owned by Indonesian Railways. 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, ... Read more about Lawang Sewu .

Old City
Just south of the main train station

The Old City is the area of town just near the main train station that has a large number of old colonial buildings in different stages of disrepair. 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. ... Read more about Old City .

Pasar Ya'ik Baru
Jalan alun alun, Semarang

Located just a short stroll away from both Jalan Pemuda and Jalan Gajah Mada, the centrally located Pasar Ya'ik Baru is a good place for a spot of clothes shopping. 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 ... Read more about Pasar Ya'ik Baru .

Gang Warung, Semarang

Semarang Chinatown should be number one on the list of things to do in Semarang. 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 fires up. ... Read more about Chinatown .

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Cnr Jalan Pandanaran & Jalan Gajah Mada, Semarang

Simpang Lima is a focal point of the city and many locals pride themselves on the expansive nature of this location, but it offers little in the way of a truly Indonesian experience. 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 ... Read more about Simpang Lima .

Semarang port
Jalan Coaster, Semarang

The port is of passing interest to all except ship buffs who will delight at the array of old school boats and ships from around the archipelago. 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 ... Read more about Semarang port .

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