Hotels in Semarang
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Semarang 947 yd from city centre
Gumaya Tower Hotel is located conveniently approximately 12 minutes from Semarang Airport and approximately 4 minutes from...
Semarang 143 yd from city centre
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as a fitness center. Additional amenities at this...
Airy Pecinan Pasar Semawis Kalikuping 18 Semarang
Semarang 409 yd from city centre
At Airy Pecinan Pasar Semawis Kalikuping 18 Semarang, enjoy a satisfying meal at the restaurant. Free self parking is available...
Airy Purwodinatan Pekojan Pertokoan Thd Semarang
Semarang 422 yd from city centre
Free self parking is available onsite. Make yourself at home in one of the 10 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen...
Spiegel Home Studio
Semarang 521 yd from city centre
Spiegel Home Studio fits 4 people comfortably. It features 1 living area, 1 bedroom, and 1 big bathroom, as well as 1 retractable...
Ds Residence 34 Gang Pinggir
Semarang 581 yd from city centre
Free self parking is available onsite. Make yourself at home in one of the 25 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators...
Airy Pecinan Kalikuping Utara 243 Semarang
Semarang 599 yd from city centre
This hotel offers designated smoking areas. At Airy Pecinan Kalikuping Utara 243 Semarang, enjoy a satisfying meal at the...
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Semarang may have a reputation of being more a business than tourist destination, but for the traveller who loves city exploration, the provincial capital of Central Java in Indonesia offers plenty. This dynamic port city is rapidly developing with giant malls and business areas, but visitors can experience evidence of the Dutch Colonial period, the influence of a large Chinese population, and traditional Javan culture.
With growth comes infrastructure and there has been a proliferation of hotel accommodation in Semarang. You will find everything from cheap B&Bs to luxury business hotels that max out on facilities.
Neighbourhoods of Semarang
Named as the “Cleanest Tourist Destination in Southeast Asia by the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard for 2020–2022, the areas of most interest to tourists are:
- The Old Quarter: Known as Oldstadt, the inner core of the city dates back to the Dutch Colonial era. Many of the fine, old buildings here are being renovated and new coffee shops, restaurants and other attractions are popping up.
- Chinatown: The hub of the Chinese population in the city, it’s an area that includes the riverside and is full of pagodas, temples, shop houses, apothecaries, fortune tellers, jade jewellers, and food markets. There’s a night market too.
- Simpang Lima: The social hub of the city, Five Ways Square bustles with locals and visitors enjoying the shopping malls and cinema complexes.
- Semarang Harbour: An atmospheric place to see schooners and other traditional boats and ships that dock at Tambak Lorok.
What to See and Do in Semarang
The seventh most populous city in Indonesia has an eclectic set of attractions, including:
- Gedung Batu: Also known as the Tay Kak Sie Temple, this complex is dedicated to legendary Chinese explorer Admiral Cheng Ho, an illuminated, gilded statue of whom stands in the inner shrine. Built in 1746, there are koi carp ponds and small red pagoda-style buildings.
- Lawang Sewu: The Thousand Doors is the city’s most famous landmark. Once the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies Railway Company, it features a magnificent marble staircase and stained glass windows.
- Dream Museum Zone: An incredible cathedral sized space in the Old Town filled with 3D photos, paintings and models that has become a huge attraction for selfies.
- Ronggowarsito Museum: A large collection of antiquities including curios, fossils, wayang puppets and batik. There are Javanese dance displays on Friday mornings.
- Jamu: Semarang is famous for this herbal medicine. It can be seen in manufacture at Jamu Nyonya Meneer and Jamu Jago which also has a museum.
- Semarang Gallery: A wonderful exhibit of contemporary Indonesian art housed in an old Dutch warehouse.
- Pasar Johar Market: The city’s most popular market is huge and has a multitude of stalls selling anything and everything. The Mesjid Besar, grand mosque faces the market.
What to Eat in Semarang
As well as traditional Indonesian cuisine, the city has a local cuisine, a heavy Chinese influence and also international food in the many hotels. Food can be found in restaurants, markets and street food stalls. Dishes to try include:
- Bandeng Presto: Milk fish cooked in a pressure cooker.
- Lumpia: Found all over the country, these are spring rolls. Lumpia Semarang are of Chinese origin and are filled with bamboo shoots and chicken, shrimp or prawn, and served with a sweet chilli dipping sauced.
- Wingko: A pancake-like snack made from coconut popular in Java.
- Tahu Gimbal: Translated as “Tofu Dreadlocks”, it’s a street food dish made from tofu, fried shrimp, vegetables and fried egg with a sauce made from nuts, chili, brown sugar, salt, water, and fermented fish.
- Ganjel Rel: Also known as Roti Gambang, this is a traditional brown bread with sesame seeds, flavoured with palm sugar and cinnamon.
- Tahu Pong: Deep fried tofu served with dipping sauce and pickled radish.
- Soto Bangkong: Shredded chicken served in a seasoned chicken broth with rice noodles, bean sprouts, spring onions and celery.
Typical Events and Festivals in Semarang
Many events and festivals are related to religion in a city where 87 per cent of the population is Islamic. Interesting events are:
- Dugderan: Unique to Semarang, this festival welcomes Ramadan. A bound puppet dragon-like animal called Warak Ngendog represents the fasting of the month ahead.
- Semarang Night Carnival: Parades, entertainments and fireworks to celebrate the city’s birthday in May every year.
How to Move Around in Semarang
The city is well connected by all major transport types. There are two large bus terminals. The main forms of public transport are the bis (minibuses) and Ojek (motorcycle taxis). Less popular but still very useful ways of getting around are Angkot (share-taxis) and microbuses.
The Climate in Semarang
With a tropical rainforest climate bordering a tropical monsoon climate, temperatures in Semarang are consistent throughout the year with an average of 28°C. June through August are the driest months if you want to avoid the rainy season (November to March).