Semarang - Indonesia
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Semarang is located in Central Java, Indonesia. It is the 4th largest city in Java and the 5th largest in Indonesia with a population of over 1.5 million people.
Semarang is a large producer of herbal medicine as well as general agriculture. Semarang is a busy modern city though still has many displays of it's colonial past including 18th century Dutch warehouses originally used for storing spices.
South of Semarang's harbour is Gereja Blenduk, a Dutch church over 255 years old, built in 1753. The church has an impressive copper-domed roof.
The Grand Mosque is located on Jalan Kauman with a multi-level Javanese roof. In front of the mosque is the former town square where daily markets are open, the Johar Market. There is a variety of items for sale though mainly textiles and brassware.
Semarang has a long history of Chinese immigrants who settled here so there is no surprise there is a large Chinese quarter including the beautiful Tay Kak Sie Taoist temple on Gang Lombok Street. The main diety within the Tay Kak Sie temple is the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Kuan Yin.
In the south-west corner of Semarang is the Sam Po Kong Temple built in honour of the famous Chinese explorer Admiral Zheng He (or Cheng Ho) who visited this region in the 15th century.
Sam Po Kong Temple
Semarang has its own Chinatown district, with many Chinese immigrants settling in Semarang since the 1700s a community built up to build Chinatown. There are a large number of good Chinese restaurants to be found with the Chinatown district. Chinatown is made up a number of small alleyways lined with restaurants and shops selling traditional Chinese medicines, herbs and spices and fresh produce. There is a beautiful Chinese shrine called Tay Kak Sie Shrine found within Semarang's Chinatown.
Just an hour south of Semarang, close to the town of Bandungan are a cluster of ancient Hindu shrines called Gedung Songo temples.
Gedung Songo Temples
Dolly Red Light District
The Dolly Red Light District is a strange place. Even though prostitution is illegal in Indonesia, brothels have been running here for over 100 years. Dolly is an official tolerance zone called 'lokalisasi' which has over 1500 women working in the sex industry.
The Dolly area was named after one of the first Dutch Madams that ran a brothel here. It is claimed to be the largest red light district in South East Asia though it is merely just 2 streets Jalan Jarak, which has mostly dark, smoky bars and Jalan Dolly which has the brothels with glass windows looking in to see the bored prostitutes waiting for business.
Borobudur International Golf & Country Club Magelang Located 60km from Semarang designed by Nick Faldo is an 18 hole, 5635m par 72 golf course. www.borobudur-golf.com
Semarang's airport is called Ahmad Yahi.
Lion Air has flights from Semarang to over 30 destinations in Indonesia. Lionair.co.id
Last updated 12th December 2015
Losari Coffee Plantation Resort and Spa specialise in the Exotic Hamam massage which relieves muscle tension, purges toxins from the body and opens the sinuses. The massage starts off in a eucalyptus-scented steam room and then is followed by a body scrub using Turkish oils. www.losari.com
Susan Spa and Resort with heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and fitness studio. Looked in the hills overlooking Semarang. www.susanspa-resort.com
Following is a list of hotels in Semarang with direct contact details. From budget hotels to luxury hotels:
Ibis Semarang Simpang Lima Hotel (reviews) Jalan Gaja Mada 172 Semarang. A 3 star hotel centrally located in Semarang. With free LAN and WiFi internet access, spa, massage, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$27 per night. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Ibis Hotel Semarang click here.
New Metro Hotel (reviews) Jl. Haji Agus Salim 2-4 Semarang. A 3 star hotel in the centre of Semarang located in the Chinatown district close to Pasar Johar markets. With fitness centre, spa, massage, bar/pub, restaurant, LAN and WiFi internet access. Room prices start from US$37 +taxes including breakfast. For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for New Metro Hotel click here.
Novotel Hotel Semarang (reviews) Jalan Pemuda 123 Semarang. A 4 star hotel located in the central business district of Semarang. With swimming pool, fitness centre, nightclub, restaurant, free WiFi internet access. Room prices start from US$105 per night (internet specials from US$47 per night). For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Novotel Hotel click here.
Hotel Santika Premiere Semarang (reviews) Jalan Pandanaran 116 - 120 Semarang. A 4 star hotel located in the heart of Semarang city. With swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, spa, massage, salon, free WiFi internet access, bar and restaurant. Room prices start from US$122 per night including breakfast (internet specials from US$47 per night). For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Hotel Santika Premiere click here.
Hotel Horison Semarang (reviews) Jalan KH Akmad Dahlan No 2 Simpang Lima, Semarang. A 4 star hotel located right in the heart of Semarang city. With swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, spa, massage, Free WiFi internet access, bar and restaurant. Room prices start from US$125 per night (internet specials from US$51 per night. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews click here.
Gumaya Tower Hotel Semarang (reviews) Jalan Gajah Mada No 59 - 61 Semarang. A 5 star hotel centrally located in Semarang city. With swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, spa, massage, Free LAN and WiFi internet access, bar and 2 restaurants. Room prices start from US$145 per night including breakfast (internet specials start from US$63 per night including breakfast). For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Gumaya Tower Hotel click here.
The Patra Jasa Hotel is a modern conventional hotel in the hillsides over looking Semarang with room rates starting from 525,000Rp (US$50 ) per night plus taxes and including breakfast. www.patra-jasa.com/semarang/
Petra Semarang Convention Hotel is a business hotel on the hills of Semarang overlooking Tanjung Mas Habour, Ungaran Mountain and the city of Semarang. Room rates start from 525000Rp per night (US$47) www.patra-jasa.com/semarang
Grand Candi Hotel with WiFi Internet access available in public areas and broadband connections in the rooms. www.grandcandihotel.com
Losari Coffee Plantation Resort and Spa www.losari.com
Susan Spa and Resort situated 36km from the centre of Semarang, at 1100m above sea level, in the hillside looking over Semarang. www.susanspa-resort.com
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