This trip is for you who already stay in Yogyakarta or Semarang or have arrived the previous day in Yogyakarta or Semarang. Pick up at hotel. Visit Ambarawa Museum, an Indonesian railway Museum which was built during the Dutch occupation of Indonesia. Ambarawa has chill climate, very relaxing as a place for being away from the busy days. Then proceeded to take Loko Lori train ride along the beautiful and peaceful Rawa Pening. Rawa Pening is the area of swamp at the foot of Mount Merbabu, Telomoyo, Ungaran and Kendali Sodo. Lunch at local restaurant or taste the traditional food at Tuntang Railway Station.
After lunch we visit Sam Po Kong, the former place of transit and first landing place of a Chinese admiral named Zheng He or Cheng Ho. Sam Po Kong Complex is located in the Simongan area, southwest of Semarang City. Then visit Lawang Sewu, formerly the office of the Nederlands-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij or NIS. Built in 1904 and completed in 1907, this building is located in the Tugu Muda roundabout which was formerly called Wilhelminaplein. Go back to hotel.
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Places of interest to visit :
Ambarawa Museum ‣ The Indonesian Railway Museum was originally a station called Willem I Station. The station was built by Nedherlandsch Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij (NISM) which was inaugurated on 21 May 1873, at the same time there was opening of route Kedungjati-Ambarawa. In 1907, Ambarawa station building was renovated by replacing the original material in the form of wood and bamboo with bricks.
Rawa Pening ‣ Rawa Pening is taken from two words; rawa and pening. Rawa means swamp and pening means clear or clean. It can be seen that this lake has a clear water. The location of this lake is in the lowest basin of three mountains namely Mount Merbabu, Mount Telomoyo and Mount Ungaran. The lake has spacious area of approximately 2,670 hectares.
Sam Po Kong ‣ The Sam Poo Kong Temple, also known as Gedung Batu (the Stone Building), is the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang, capital of the province of Central Java. Unlike most temples, the building does not belong to any specific religion, but rather functions as a place of worship for people of various ethnicities and religious groups including Buddhists, Taoists and Muslims. The temple is located on Jalan Simongan, West Semarang.
Lawang Sewu ‣ The main building of Lawang Sewu is a three storey building that has two wings stretched to the right and left part. If visitors enter the main building, they will find a large staircase to the second floor. In between stairs there is a large glass showing pictures of two young Dutch women made of glass. All building structures, doors and windows adapt the Dutch architectural style.