In the 15th century, Admiral Cheng Ho set foot on the land Java and turned Semarang into an entrepot of spices and a busy port. Semarang is the capital of the province of Central Java and home of rich cultures and authentic Javanese experience. Even though it might not be as bustling as its neighbouring cities, Semarang has a lot to offer to its visitors.
Ahmad Yani International Airport is an airport that serves Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. This airport is named after Ahmad Yani, who is a National Hero of Indonesia. This airport operates flights to international and domestic destinations such as Jakarta, Denpasar, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and many more. Some of the airlines that operate here are AirAsia, Batik Air, Citilink, Lion Air, Scoot any many other airlines. Travellers arriving at this airport should not worry as this airport is equipped with various amenities such as charging stations, money changer, ATMs, cafes, bookstores and so forth. Going to the city from the airport is relatively easy as there are car rentals and taxis available at the airport. Besides, there are also Trans Semarang buses at the airport with an interval of 15 to 30 minutes between buses.
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The average temperatures in Semarang barely vary. The temperature is hot year-round with a fair chance of raining. For travellers who prefer to be in the sun, the warmest time to visit Semarang, are in October, September, and then May where the temperature can reach 34.7°C and drop below 24.6°C. If you don't want to visit during the rainy season, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Semarang are August, July, and then September. However, it's most likely to rain in mid-December. It is recommended to visit Semarang during the low season which happens July and skip the busy months, which are November, followed by January and May.
Lawang Sewu - Undoubtedly the most famous landmark in Semarang, Lawang Sewu, or translated to 'Thousand Doors', is a colonial building that serves as headquarter of the Indonesian railways during the Dutch era. Even though the name directly translates to 'a thousand doors', this building does not exactly have a thousand doors, but it is lined with a lot of doors and windows, thus given the name. Despite no longer being in use today, Lawang Sewu holds a lot of history and local legends.
Sam Poo Kong - If you are interested in looking into one of the cultures and spiritual beliefs of Semarang residents, Sam Poo Kong Temple is the best place to start. Also known as Gedung Batu or the Stone Building, this temple was built by Admiral Cheng Ho and now holds the title of the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang. The striking red colour and the triple-layered pagoda-style roof, with the lingering scent of the incense, will surely take you to China for a moment. Sam Poo Kong serves both as a place of worship, and also as a shrine in honour of Cheng.
The Cave of Virgin Mary - Also known to the locals as Gua Maria, this cave is a holy destination for Catholics and also visitors of various religions. This cave was established in 1954 and was declared by Pope John Paul II. The purpose of this cave was to intensify faith and devotion in the Virgin Mother. This cave showcases many of Jesus’ life events such as The Sea of Galilee, The River Jordan, The Kana Banquet, Under the Fig Tree, The Way to the Cross, and finally, The Tomb of Jesus. To get here, you can organize a trip with travel agents or take a train to Ambarawa.