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Semarang

Semarang (formerly Dutch: Samarang, Indonesian: Kota Semarang), is a city on the north coast of the island of Java, Indonesia. It is the capital and largest city of the province of Central Java and also a major port during the Dutch colonial era, and still an important regional center and port today, the city has a dominant Javanese population.

Semarang is widely known for its Bandeng presto (pressure-cooked milkfish), Lumpia, Wingko, Tahu Gimbal, and Ganjel Rel. Semarang has also been called 'The city of Jamu' because it is an important centre for the production of jamu which are a wide range of Indonesian herbal medicines that are very popular across Indonesia.

Dugderan is an annual festival in Semarang desecrated to welcome the Ramadan month (a fasting month for Moslems). The word “dug” describes the sound of bedug (traditional Indonesian musical instrument). The word “der” describes the sound of fireworks.

 

The icon of the festival is a special puppet dragon-like animal called Warak Ngendog. The word “warak“ stands for “holy” and the word “ngendog“ expresses a reward for Moslems. Warak Ngendog’s feet are chained, representing people’s desire that should be postponed during this holy month. As Dugderan is a festival unique for Semarang, it represents an important attraction for both local and non-residential people.

The nearest International airport is Ahmad Yani International Airport, located about 3 km from the center of the city of Semarang and is located 8 kilometers east of Train Station Tawang. To make arrangements for a taxi from Airport to city centre or train station, contact one the taxi operators or travel agents that have counter in the Airport.

Popular attractions in Semarang:
 

• Lawang Sewu

• Sam Poo Kong

 

• Dome Church Blenduk

• Tugu Muda

 

   

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