Attractions

Area in Semarang

Old City

Semarang’s richly atmospheric old city, often referred to as the Outstadt, its Dutch name, is well worth investigating. Sadly, most of the area’s tremendous stock of colonial buildings are in an advanced state of de…
Area in Kudus

Old Town

West of the river, Kauman, the oldest part of the city, has narrow streets and is reminiscent of a kasbah, with traders selling religious souvenirs, dates, prayer beads and caps. On Fridays, men dressed in white rob…
Temple in Semarang

Gedung Batu

This huge Chinese temple complex, 5km southwest of the city centre, has three main temple buildings and many smaller structures. Most are classically Indo-Chinese, with soaring pagoda-style roofs, massive drums and …
Mosque in Demak

Mesjid Agung

Demak’s venerable Mesjid Agung (circa 1466), notable for its triple-tiered roof, is Java's oldest mosque and one of the archipelago’s foremost Muslim pilgrimage sites. Legend has it that it was built from wood by th…
Historic Building in Semarang

Lawang Sewu

Semarang's most famous landmark, Lawang Sewu ('Thousand Doors') is actually two colossal colonial buildings that were once one of the headquarters of the Indonesian railways during the Dutch era. Some renovation has…
Area in Semarang

Chinatown

Semarang’s Chinatown is worth investigating, particularly around the riverside Gang Lombok. Rich with pagodas, shophouses, jade jewellers, pharmacists, fortune tellers and food stalls, Semarang is Indonesia’s most C…
Museum in Ambarawa

Ambarawa Train Station Museum

If you are a fan of vintage railways, you will love these old tin-can, wood-panelled boxcars lingering on old tracks along with 22 wrought-iron, turn-of-the-century engines. Oiled, painted and maintained with loving…
Museum in Jepara

Museum RA Kartini

On the north side of the alun-alun this museum is dedicated to one of Indonesia’s most celebrated women. One room is devoted to Kartini and contains portraits of her and her family, plus memorabilia. Other rooms con…
Mosque in Jepara

Mantingan

The mosque and tomb of Ratu Kali Nyamat, the great warrior-queen, are in Mantingan, 4km south of Jepara. Kali Nyamat twice laid siege to Portugal’s Melaka stronghold in the latter part of the 16th century. The mosqu…
Beach in Jepara

Pantai Bandengan

Jepara has some fine white-sand beaches. Pantai Bandengan (aka Tirta Samudra), 7km northeast of town, is one of the best beaches on the north coast – an arc of gently shelving white sand. The main public section can…