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Located in the northern coast of Java Island, Semarang is the fifth largest city in Indonesia. The City is popular for its ancient herbal medicine (Jamu), culinary, as well as its tradition. Due to its strategic location, Semarang played an important role in trade during colonial era until present. As the fourth oldest city in Indonesia, Semarang has a lot of old buildings making this city as one of the most favorite destinations for tourists. From various interesting places in Semarang, here are some places that should be at the top of traveler’s bucket list.
Semarang’s iconic landmark was designed by Cosman Citroen in the beginning of 1900s. It was originally served as headquarter of Dutch Railway Company. However, under Japanese rule, Lawang Sewu was used as a prison for the locals. Having a lot of doors, this place is called as Lawang Sewu, which means thousand doors. With its spooky old building, Lawang Sewu becomes the most haunted place in Semarang. One of the most popular stories associated with Lawang Sewu is the Dutch Lady who committed suicide inside the building. As a historical site, Lawang Sewu has been modernized and maintained by the local government from time to time.
A trip to Semarang would not be complete without a visit to one of the oldest temple in Semarang, Sam Poo Kong. Founded by Chen He, a Moslem explorer from China, Sam Poo Kong was used for prayer. In the beginning of 17th Century, this temple was destroyed by catastrophic landslide. However, after being abandoned for about 20 year, Sam Poo Kong is renovated. With cultural integration of Chinese and Javanese, Sam Poo Kong has attracted many tourist to visit this temple. Only a-20 minutes drivE from Semarang Poncol Railway Station, the easiest way to reach this place is by using a NEMOB car rental.
One of Semarang’s most visited attractions, Kota Lama is known as a center of trade in 19th and 20th Centuries. With approximately 50 Dutch architecture buildings, this area is even called as “the Little Netherland”. While at Kota Lama, you can explore by foot to find many historical buildings including pentagon fort and five watchtowers. Surrounded by vintage, Kota Lama is one of the best photo spots in Semarang. Not only buildings, but you can also find a lot of local foods along the streets. Located in the city, the best way to reach Kota Lama is by using NEMOB car rental.
These are the recommended places for you who are interested in heritage sites in Semarang. If you're looking for the best car rental in Semarang, Nemob is the best solution for you. Download the app in google playstore and Appstore now!