Are you searching for a great vacation destination that will satisfy your photography passion? If the answer is yes, then Semarang Indonesia can be your solution. This city has so many iconic landmarks to be captured with your camera. We will give a brief explanation about Semarang and its iconic sites on the following paragraph.
The explanation of some tourism objects in Semarang can be read on the list below:
- Church Blenduk: this church has an official name of Immanuel Protestant Church of Western Indonesia despite being known as Church Blenduk. Blenduk literally means dome, and the church was named that way due to the big, copper dome at the top of the building. It was first built in 1753 and initially has the Joglo-esque shape instead of dome shape. During a renovation conducted in 1894, it was reconstructed by adding a dome and 2 towers to replace the previous design. This church was awarded as the Best Maintained Old Place for Worship in 2009 by The Architect’s Society of Indonesia.
- Sam Poo Kong Temple: this temple was first established within 13th century by the popular Chinese Muslim voyager named Zheng He on his visit to Indonesia. As the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang, this temple had experienced a collapse in 1704 due to a landslide. However, it was reconstructed and consistently renovated since then. It covers more than 3.2 hectares area and consists of five major buildings with extraordinary mixed Javanese and Chinese architecture. During lunar year, there will be a carnival to respect and pay homage to voyagers like Zheng He.
- Lawang Sewu: this place literally means as Thousands Doors in Javanese. It got its name due to the architecture and design of the building which include numerous windows and doors with similar design. This building was initially constructed to be the headquarters of Dutch East Indies Railway Company. There are 4 buildings within the complex and the key building has identical twin towers. Lawang Sewu is also well-known to be haunted due to the fact that it used to be a prison and execution place during Japanese reign. However, the government has attempted to refresh the image by renovating the building in 2011.
- Tay Kak Sie Temple: Tay Kak Sie literally means “Temple of Supreme Consciousness”. This shrine was initially built to worship Guanyin, the East Asian Boddhisatva divinity. However, in 1800, the worshippers who used to pray at Sam Poo Kong Temple decided to bring a statue of Zheng He to this temple because the Sam Poo Kong’s Jewish owner decided to charge them for praying. Based on several citizens, Tay Kak Sie can be considered as the best-decorated temple within Semarang. You can prove this statement by yourself by visiting the temple and admire the architecture and ornaments used in this temple.
Other than places mentioned above, this city still has a lot of places to visit during your trip to Semarang. Do not forget to prepare your camera, snap memorable pictures, and upload it on your SNS!