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The city of Semarang, the capital of Central Java province is located on the north coast of Java Sea. The Northern part of the city is lying across on the plain coast and the Southern part is on the hilly side from Candi Baru area upward to the town of Ungaran.
Semarang is a busy administrative and Trading city, most of the offices, business centers, industrial estates are concentrated in the low land, where as in the hilly side, there are many houses with the beautiful gardens with a superb view to the town and the sea. The old records of this city date back to the 15th to the 18th century AD in where captivating ancient and colonial monuments still standing to present date.
Memory of The Old Time
Around Candi, the upper part of the city, Bergota from Hindu era, the fortification of Prince Puger from MATARAM, the grave of Ki Ageng Pandan Arang and Kyai Saleh in Mugas street attract many pilgrims.
In the west part of Semarang, a temple Sampokong or locally known as Gedong Batu (Stone Building) was dedicated to Chinese Moslem Admiral Cheng Ho, his fleet arrived in the first time at 1406 AD
The other Chinese Buddhist temple is Tay Kak Sie at Lombok Street built in the year 1772.
The New City
Today Semarang has few relics of an illustrious past, which shows the activities of business conducted by Dutch, Chinese and Javanese Moslem traders. The City is prospering, many new constructions rise, it is likely preparing to be a metropolitan town which keeps properly its precious memory of the by gone days. The busy street Jl. Pemuda in the downtown has some places of interest.
There are a lot of restaurants in this city offering delicious food of Indonesian, Chinese, and European cuisine. One should find easily in Jl. Pemuda around Pasar Johar the best speciality market in Simpang Lima mall.
The area of Gang Lombok and Jl. Gadjah Mada are famous with its Chinese restaurants, in Jl. A. Yani there are tasteful Javanese restaurants.
The star-rated hotels also have their own restaurants. Semarang is famous for its Lumpia
( Chinese Spring Rolls ), Pia, Wingko, Bandeng Presto ( Tendered Fish ).
To and from Semarang is easily accessible by Air, the airport name is Ahmad Yani located in West Semarang around five km from the downtown.
Several airlines, such as Garuda and Merpati, Connect with other cities of Indonesia such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Banjarmasin, Etc.
The main railway station is Tawang, in the old part of the town.
The main train connection is between Semarang, Cirebon and Surabaya. There is also service to Solo.
The main Bus Terminal is in Terboyo, in the eastern part of the city.
Several Bus Companies serve the inter-city connections with many cities in Java, Bali and Sumatra. Direct information can be collected directly in the terminal.
The Semarang harbor is in Tanjung Mas. There are regular shipping lines for passengers sail to and from Semarang to other island, as Kalimantan.
The main line is Pelni. Inquire also for occasional cargo boats, taking passengers in the harbor.
Inter City Minivans
The small minivans regularly serve the connection also with other cities in Java.
For local transport, there are various types such as becak (only in the north part of the city), mini-buses, buses and taxi.
Money Changers and Banks
For travelers coming to Semarang and its surrounding areas, the convenient places for money changers and banking services are almost everywhere.
The Credit Cards, such as Master, Visa Amex Cards are also popular.
Business and Industry
It is clearly noticed that Semarang is very busy with its business & Industrial activities.
The center of the town is also the trading center for local as well as for export and import transactions.
Considering the fast growth of business development, the government has built the Tanjung Emas (The Golden Cape) to be a deep-sea harbor to meet the demand of Export and Import through Semarang.
A lot of containers are in the port yard, arranged for further transportation. The Prospect of Tanjung Emas enlargement in meeting the future demand should not be difficult, considering the available lot of lands in the area.
There are four Industrial Estates nearby the harbor, consist of :
Industrial Estate Bugangan
Industrial Estate Kaligawe (LIK Kaligawe)
Industrial Estate Terboyo : it is the biggest Estates in Semarang coast
Industrial Estate Guna Mekar Industri : Located in West of Semarang also for big industry only.