Who says tourist attractions in Semarang are limited? You only need to explore further, because there are so many interesting destinations you can visit. Semarang is more than just a stopover city, and this 5th largest city in Indonesia is unique and exciting.
Semarang has an area of 392 square kilometers, and it’s a connecting city between Jakarta and Surabaya along with others in the direction of Solo and Yogyakarta. Based on history, the word “Semarang” is derived from the word “sem” or “tamarind tree,” and the word “arang” means “rarely” in Indonesian. Legend has it that Ki Ageng Pandanaran I’s journey stopped in the Tirang Island area. He then discovered the presence of tamarind trees that grew in a gap or sparse distance. Now, the existence of these trees is increasingly rare and difficult to find. Another story reveals that Semarang was once included in the territory of the Ancient Mataram Kingdom.
The majority of the area was a sea surrounded by small islands. The deposition that continued occurring made the group of islands finally united and formed new land. The port was once in the Pasar Bulu area and was the place where Admiral Cheng Ho’s ship docked.