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    Semarang's Old Town, Indonesia



    There is often one exotic historic area in every city waiting to be explored. In Semarang, Central Java, the area is named Kota Lama (Old Town) or Outstadt.

    Situated in the intersection of Jl. Pemuda and Jl. Imam Bonjol, Kota Lama is also known as Little Netherlands. Established in the 18th century when Indonesia was a Dutch colony, its location is currently separated from a residential area.

    The center of Kota Lama is Blenduk Church (Nederlandsch Indische Kerk). Built in 1753, the church is the oldest building in the area.

    In addition to Blenduk Church, there are more than 50 well-maintained colonial buildings in Kota Lama, displaying 18th century European architecture. Once visitors step foot in the area, they feel as if they are being transported back 200 years.

    Despite its rich history, Kota Lama was once forgotten, leading it to becoming a red-light district as well as a center of cockfighting.

    Fortunately, the city administration kicked off efforts to revive the area a year ago. The illegal street vendors, cockfighting rings and prostitutes were removed. The old buildings have been renovated and transformed into offices, banks and restaurants, creating a lively ambiance during the nighttime. The government also opened the Klitikan Market, which hosts antique shops. Tourism police can also be seen strolling the area to provide safety for visitors.

    Although some abandoned buildings across the area remain to be rejuvenated, Kota Lama is still an interesting place to explore, especially for history buffs.

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    The best photo spot in Kota Lama Semarang











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    Semarang Old Town The Chance To Follow The Trade And Industrial History Of It

    Semarang would be a very valuable addition to the WH list. The city is located on the north of central Java and is easily accessible from different places on the island. Although the old town (Kota Lama) looks a bit ruined and some buildings are in a very bad condition, you can find there a kind of atmosphere that makes you want to stay longer. Just walk around, you’ll discover what makes this city special – some old Dutch architecture, small streets with galleries and shops, a bit forgotten Chinatown… Not to miss old churches, Chinese temples and, a bit further from the center, very big Lawan Sewu that used to be the headquarters of Indonesian railways and colorful Kampung Pelangi. The biggest values of the city is a chance to follow the trade and industrial history of it; when you know where to go, you’ll surely appreciate that.

    Situated in the intersection of Jl. Pemuda and Jl. Imam Bonjol, Kota Lama is also known as Little Netherlands. Established in the 18th century when Indonesia was a Dutch colony, its location is currently separated from a residential area. The center of Kota Lama is Blenduk Church (Nederlandsch Indische Kerk). Built in 1753, the church is the oldest building in the area.

    In addition to Blenduk Church, there are more than 50 well-maintained colonial buildings in Kota Lama, displaying 18th century European architecture. Once visitors step foot in the area, they feel as if they are being transported back 200 years. Despite its rich history, Kota Lama was once forgotten, leading it to becoming a red-light district as well as a center of cockfighting.

    Some old buildings still leave the 'colonial feel' when seeing them, some restaurants nearby also keep the 'old time look and feel' to the patrons. Hope they keep it up.

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