Tugu Muda Semarang is a monument that was built to commemorate the heroes who had died in the Battle of Five Days in Semarang. The Five-Day Battle was a battle between the Indonesian people and the Japanese army in Semarang. The battle occurred during the transition from the Netherlands, on 15-19 October 1945. Tugu Muda that shaped like a candle, has the meaning of the warrior’s fighting spirit in maintaining Indonesia’s independence that will never be extinguished.
(via semarangwingkorolls.net, translated by Helena Veroline)
Sam Poo Kong also known as Gedung Batu (the Stone Building), is the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang, capital of the province of Central Java. The location is in Bongsari Village and it belongs to West Semarang Sub-District. The prime allure is definitely the history of the building itself. People also come to the site to enjoy photography and relaxation. It is because the panorama is nice and the nuance is quite relaxing. The temple foundations were first built by Admiral Cheng Ho, elsewhere better known as Admiral Zheng He, a muslim explorer from Mainland China.
One of the most famous museums in Semarang is called Perjuangan Mandala Bhakti. The location is in Barusari Village and it belongs in South Semarang Sub-District. The location is on a roundabout and it resides in the south of famous Tugu Muda. Due to strategic location, all people can easily find the building regardless of where they come from, for sure. The museums stores historical items and proofs of the TNI’s struggles in getting the Independence of Indonesia and retaining the world peace. It is said the museum was built during the reign of the Dutch in 1930. At the time, those invaders used the building as a courthouse.
Taman Pandanaran located in Mugassari Street, South Semarang (at the T-junction between Pandanaran Street and MH.Thamrin Street). The prime allure in the park is a dragon statue called Warak Ngendog. Warak Ngendog is a fictional creature that can unite three ethnic groups in the Semarang area, namely Chinese, Javanese, and Arabic ethnic groups. Usually, Warak Ngendog will be paraded in the Dugderan Festival when there is a tradition of welcoming Ramadhan.
(Rizky Nusantara via travelingkuy.com, translated by Helena Veroline)
In terms of name, “Kampung” means village while “Pelangi” means rainbow. It is located in Randusari Village and it belongs to South Semarang Sub-District. As people may expect, visitors may see colorful houses once arriving at such unique local settlement. For the tourist activities, visitors can enjoy both exploration and photography. Many interesting spots are available in Kampung Pelangi. For instance, there is Jembatan Cinta or Love Bridge. It connects the main road to the village. Also, visitors have the chance to rent and ride a colorful bike to explore the village comfortably.
Basically, Kota Lama area or often called Outstadt or Little Netherland covers every area where buildings have been built since the Dutch Era. It is located in Bandarharjo Village, North Semarang Sub-District. “Kota” means a city and “Lama” means old. As the name suggests, it is the old city where tourists can find many old buildings left by the Dutch during the Colonial Era. Kota Lama consists of several areas that come with a distinct nuance and tourists are able to explore them all freely. In terms or architecture, it represents the buildings in the 1700s. The most noticeable characteristic is the big wide doors and windows.
Puri Maerokoco represents Central Java regencies Central’s Java and culture. It is located in Tawangsari Village and it is located in West Semarang Sub-District. Puri Maerokoco resides on a land with the total area of 23.84 hectares. The first thing that tourists should do in Puri Maerokoco is to learn the history. According to the locals, the park was inaugurated in the 1980s by Governor Ismail. The prime allure in the park is definitely the collection of 35 pavilions which represent all regencies of Central Java Province. The park also comes with various fun rides including flying fox, merry go round, rainbow, paintball, and much more.
Old City 3D Trick Art Museum located in Tanjung Mas Village, North Semarang Sub-District. The building has 3D arts on where tourists can take selfies. The Old City 3D Trick Art Museum offers a modern ambiance and comfy environment. Once getting inside, visitors can explore more than 100 3D arts right away. These even come in different themes including cartoons, world’s icons, movies, etc. In fact, according to the keeper, they may replace those 3D arts with new ones once 2 or 3 months.
Semarang also has several pagodas and temples typical Indonesia. One of them is located in Banyumanik Sub-District called Buddhagaya Watugong Pagoda, the locals also call it Avalokitesvara Pagoda. As the name suggests, this place was used to accommodate Buddhists who live in Semarang and nearby regions. The site has a total area of 2.25 hectares and it consists of 5 buildings. Two of them become the major attractions of the site. They are Dhammasala and Avalokitesvara Pagoda. It is said these buildings have been there since 1955. Tourists can also find other objects including Watugong Monument, Buddha Statue, Kwan Im Statue, and a lotus pond.
Many major tourist sites reside in Semarang City. One of them is located in Gayamsari Sub-District and the name is Semarang Grand Mosque. The locals call it Masjid Agung.he exact location is in Sambirejo Village and it has become a prime worshipping place for Moslems. However, due to the grand size and amazing architecture, many tourists are interested in visiting the mosque to conduct exploration and photography. In terms of size, Masjid Agung Semarang is definitely grandiose. It comes in three different architectural styles which are the Roman, Islam, and Javanese.