Semarang is a city situated on the northern coast of Indonesia, in the heart of Central Java Province. This city harmoniously combines old colonial buildings built during the medieval and the modern part, which is full of luxury hotels and high-class places of rest.
Currently Semarang is quite an important trading center of the country. Closer to the west of its territory are located several industrial and rapidly developing sectors such as food processing, ship repair, engineering, woodworking, and electrical engineering. The headquarters of British American Tobacco Company are located here as well.
The old part of the city attracts visitors by its Dutch architecture that is cherished and appreciated by the local residents. Beautiful Arab and Chinese quarters are also kept in great condition. Among the major monuments of the Chinese culture present in Semarang is Sam Po Kong Temple. Other attractions that traditionally attract tourists are the old Protestant church named Blenduk, Holy Rosary Cathedral and Semarang Cathedral. You may also enjoy visiting the monuments dedicated to heroes of Indonesia and Youth, which are located in the historic part of the city. The central square of the city is named Simpang Lima. It always attracts lovers of night life. Don’t leave this place without visiting Taman Budaya Raden Saleh – this beautiful garden is located just nearby. The city is also famous for its handicrafts, the most popular of which are manufacturing of various musical instruments, woodcarving and batik production.