The photographs and information on this site, are the private archives of Semarang.
Capital of Central Java province, located on the north coast of the island Java, Indonesia.

This site shows you photos, information etc. of the history of Semarang, to everyone on Internet.

Starting in the 15th to the 20th century AD.

General Information

The city of Semarang, the capital of Central Java province is located on the north coast of Java Sea. The Northern part of the city is lying across on the plain coast and the Southern part is on the hilly side from Candi Baru area upward to the town of Ungaran.

Semarang is a busy administrative and Trading city, most of the offices, business centers, industrial estates are concentrated in the low land, where as in the hilly side, there are many houses with the beautiful gardens with a superb view to the town and the sea. The old records of this city date back to the 15th to the 18th century AD in where captivating ancient and colonial monuments still standing to present date.

Semarang with a Population of 1.4 million
Semarang is easily reached from any part of Indonesia. It is connected by air, land, and sea, from Ahmad Yani Airport, Tanjung Emas harbor, Tawang railway station and Terboyo bus Terminal. Geographically, Semarang lies at the north coast of Java sea, at the south Latitude 6°. 30' - 7°10' and at the East Longitude of 109°. 50'- 110°. 35 '. It covers the area of 373.70 square kilometers.

Memory of the old Time

Around Candi, the upper part of the city, Bergota from Hindu era, the fortification of Prince Puger from MATARAM, the grave of Ki Ageng Pandan Arang and Kyai Saleh in Mugas street attract many pilgrims.

In the west part of Semarang, a temple SAMPOKONG or locally known as Gedong Batu (Stone Building) was dedicated to Chinese Moslem Admiral Cheng Ho, his fleet arrived in the first time at 1406 AD

The other Chinese Buddhist temple is Tay Kak Sie at Lombok Street built in the year 1772.

Gereja Blenduk

Gereja Means church and Blenduk means Hemispherical. It is called so because the roof of the church has a hemispherical shape. It was constructed in 1753 and restored in 1894. The architecture is unique and beautiful. The interiors and the location of the antique organ have never been changed since it was built.

Raden Saleh Park

It is located at Jalan Sriwijaya 29 Semarang. This place is designed for cultural center of Semarang, completed with open theater, art museum, convention hall, town houses, etc. Leather puppet shadow are performed every "Malam Jum'at Kliwom" of Javanese calendar (Occurs every 35 days) from 08.00 p.m. until 01.00 a.m.

Stasiun Tawang

The main railways station with its "Old Time" architecture located also in this area.


A favorite place on the hill with its fresh air and picturesque landscape. In the evening, people like to be here to relax while enjoying the panoramic vista to the city and the harbor.

The new City

Today Semarang has few relics of an illustrious past, which shows the activities of business conducted by Dutch, Chinese and Javanese Moslem traders. The City is prospering, many new constructions rise, it is likely preparing to be a metropolitan town which keeps properly its precious memory of the by gone days. The busy street Jl. Pemuda in the downtown has some places of interest.

Tugu Muda

Tugu Muda is the name of historical monument, located at the heart of Semarang city. It was built on May 20th, 1953, founded in commemoration of the Five-Day Battle in Semarang against Japanese army that happened on October 14th - 19th. The relief picturing the people's sorrow, battles and casualties of war carved on the foot of the Monument.

Lawang Sewu

Lexically Lawang Sewu means a thousand doors. This is called so because this building has many doors. This building has a unique and interesting style of classical European Architecture. It was built on 1913. In the age of Dutch colonial it was used as the office of Nederland Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij (NIS).

Simpang Lima

it is a square with many shops and cinemas around. In the evening a lot of people are here taking a walk or window-shopping. Early in the morning, people are jogging along the street.

Baiturrakham Mosque

showing a mixture of old and new design.

Puri Maerakaca

It is a well arranged park on the beach exhibiting traditional houses of every central Java regencies. In these houses, specific crafts of each regency are displayed.

Lele Park

In the West Side of the city there is a hot water spring.

Diponegoro and National Recreation Parks

On Jl. Agus Salim there are playgrounds and stages for show.


A public entertainment place where different shows performed such Kethoprak (Traditional Theater with stories of Javanese Kingdoms period ), wayang, as well as band music. There are restaurants, and souvenir shops.

The City Zoo

It is located about 2 kilometers from Gombel to the west. It has an area of 350 hectares composing hill, valley and river. This zoo has a collection of various tropical animals that area placed in such a way as if they live in their own habitats. In the future a botanical and zoological museum will be built here.

Penggoda Hawa - Snakes Park

The group of FX. Sutoro, the pawang ular (Snakes Tamers) demonstrate their dangerous skill playing around with the reptiles. T.H.R (Peoples Recreation Park) It is a place for people entertainment, various facilities are available here.