Semarang in Pictures

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.

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  1. I know what you mean, there are places in Romania that I hadn’t visited since I was a kid, it would be interesting to see them now through a different perspective. Pretty pictures, you should write more posts about Indonesia πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks Vlad! Planning on venturing more into my own country πŸ™‚ Glad you like the pictures!

  2. I’d never heard of Semarang so it’s interesting to get to see some more of the less touristy places too – I’m planning on going and revisiting some places locally this summer that I haven’t been since I was a child (despite them being only a few miles from home!).

    1. Semarang is a popular town in Java but I have to say not so much with foreign tourists. It’s always great to revisit old places with a new perspective!

  3. Yayy Semarang!! What did you have in Toko Oen? They have the best bacon fried rice and Old-Dutch salad <3

    1. I had the fried rice but the rice was much too mushy for my liking. My dad also ordered cap cay (too sweet for me – horror horror amd I’m a Jogjakartan!), quite like the bitterballen though!

  4. I enjoy old buildings, too. You’ve captured the essence of Semarang and its interesting buildings very well here with your personal perspectives. the pipe organ in the church is really impressive.

    1. Thanks Cathy! Was really impressed with the church and especially the pipe organ!

  5. You and your street art πŸ™‚ Glad you got to see some in Semarang. I’d really like to explore the temples and that part of the world, in general.

    1. I do have a bit of an obsession towards street art don’t I Francesca? πŸ™‚

  6. I can relate to this a bit… Lately I’ve been thinking about a few places that I visited as a child, but haven’t returned to since. Glad you got to explore Semarang some more – and I like that you found some street art!

    1. It’s always good to see the same city from a different perspective!

  7. Semarang. its look like a beautyfull city

  8. Love the photos, Aggy. Another reason for me to head to Indonesia one of these days πŸ™‚

    1. Yes Kavitha! I will be waiting for you πŸ™‚

  9. Toko Oen, huhuhuhuhu belum pernaahh mampir ke situuu *tiba-tiba ngidam es krim* *salahin Aggy*

    1. Es krimnya Oen emang enak sih yum yum

  10. Wow, it’s so mysterious and historical. Love it!

    1. A cool city Agness πŸ™‚

  11. Oh Semarang, it’s where I was born. But I left it for more than two decades until my parents finally moved back to the city in 2007. Despite its constant heat and humidity, I love its ambiance, and of course, the food! My mother always brags about Toko Oen. But I personally prefer the one in Malang — the food there tasted better. Did you go inside Lawang Sewu?

    1. Didn’t have time to go to Lawang Sewu but went passed it. Didn’t know you’re fro Semarang! Love the food there too πŸ™‚

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