Semarang, the capital of Central Java, is a city, like many cities in Indonesia, where the locals are proud of their food. I have not been back to this city ever since I was around 9 years old, and so I was really happy when I got the chance to visit it again. Though I was excited to eat the wonderfully diverse food, I was also eager to set foot to its old town and check out the vibe of the city as a whole.
No doubt that I felt an instant change of vibe compared to my city, Yogyakarta. Semarang is a vibrant city and it has old buildings everywhere. Instantly I was in love!
Here is Semarang in pictures!
Starting from the famous temple, Sam Poo Kong. The place was really spacious and beautiful, though I felt a little tricked when I had to pay twice (one to enter, then another one to actually enter the temples).
The old town of Semarang has plenty of old buildings to keep me amazed. I was especially drawn to a certain church, called Blenduk church which has a dome-shaped roof. The security guard gave me a private tour of the church with its famous pipe organ. It is no longer functioning but it definitely looks spectacular.
The other buildings around were also gorgeous, nowadays used as public buildings like banks and restaurants but I was happy to see they haven’t changed much of its architecture. I even got the chance to see some oddly interesting street arts.
During my brief stay in Semarang I also visited the most bragged about restaurant called Toko Oen where it has been around for years! They have kept the inside like how it was before, I enjoyed my evening there listening to live music (with an amazing singer who sang so angelic!) and admiring the old knicks knacks that they put around the restaurant to make you feel nostalgic and vintage. While they had kicker ice cream (I had coconut flavour – oh so good!), the other food didn’t really impressed me that much (sorry Toko Oen’s lovers out there!). Glad I got to eat here though!
The wide pedestrians, the good food and the vintage feel of the town almost made me forget of good ol’ Yogyakarta – almost! It was definitely great to see this city again as an adult, somehow I can appreciate it better this time.