Semarang "Old Town"

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Jalan Letjen Soeprapto, Semarang, Indonesia

Semarang "Old Town" Reviews

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'Ready to take you to the Dutch Period' May 10, 2013
After breakfast, I visited the old city of Semarang by bus, which is just 10 minutes and to walk is 25 minutes. The bus dropped me off just short of the old town at the post office opposite many old style building, I have a short walk along the road into town of Johar/old town.

My home City of Jakarta has an old town area which was the center of Dutch colonial rule, In addition Semarang also has its old colonial City area. It’s no wonder that the architecture of both Old cities are similar, both have had existing Dutch buildings renovated to keep the sense of the our history in visual memory.

In the 18th century, the area that is located in the Bandarharjo Village, District of North Semarang, Semarang, Central Java, had become a place of Dutch occupation and until recently the Dutch-style atmosphere was still largely felt, due to this the city is nicknamed 'Little Netherland'.

The uniqueness and characteristics of the Dutch style in each building is clearly formed from their ancient architectural roots. When you start to enter the Old City you will feel like you are invited back the atmosphere to those ancient times.

This city is really a perfect picture of the lives of the Dutch senior figures of their times. Although many of the buildings are now overgrown, the Old Town still leave remnants of a beautiful life style that the Dutch made of this City in the past.

In every corner of the city, there are still old magnificent buildings, complete with Dutch-style canals. Not much different from the Old City in Jakarta, Semarang's old city has also become a haven for lovers of photography.

Well, if Jakarta’s Old City has the Fatahillah Museum’ Then Semarang has just as famous a landmark, that of the Old Town Blenduk Church. which was established in 1753, this make it the oldest church in the city of Semarang, with its white Painted walls and red brick dome, this church still looks dashing and is a beautiful decoration in Suari Street.(formally Kerk Straat).

In addition to Blenduk Church, there is the Marba building, Tawang Railway Station building, shops and other buildings. And again Similar to Jakarta there is a post office and old mill.

The roads are fronted with open style planted or grassed gardens that lead up to the buildings, this provides an atmospheric ambience that is of the Dutch and European style. Also they used the rivers as there first transport pathways, the name of the river here is called Berok River and is equipped with typical Dutch like canals. All the beauty of the Old City can be seen to this day and is ready to take you to the Dutch period.
Blenduk Church
Blenduk Church
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yuness says:
@Vance, there is no Rijsttafel in Semarang Old town, but there is in the Jakarta City at the Cafe Batavia :)
Posted on: Jan 07, 2014
yuness says:
@Jim and Cicie, Glad you like..thank you :)
Posted on: Jan 07, 2014
vances says:
Great review and pictures. Are there any good places to order some rijsttafel in Old Town?
Posted on: Jan 06, 2014
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