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Dawamul Ijtihad Mosque Jl. Papandayan 462, Semarang, 50232 Indonesia
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Semarang, Indonesia is an amazing city, especially for backpackers. This city is exceptional for travelers who are in for some adventure. But more importantly, Halal food is a breeze to find here in Semarang. If you're on a budget or just curious about the local food in Semarang, we've got 5 mouthwatering street food to recommend. Let's skip the talking and get right into it! via GIPHY Lunpia Credit: @jastipbygendhis on Instagram This is the best halal street food recommendation if you visit the capital city of Central Java province, Semarang. Deep fried with bamboo sprout, carrot, and shrimp inside, the lunpia is pretty similar to a spring roll. You can also request to skip the deep fry if you enjoy the softer version of the lunpia. The lunpia is best to serve with pickled cucumber, a thick sauce, and chives. If you can't stand the smell of bamboo sprout, we recommend you the lunpia stall in Semarang China Town. Lunpia Gang Lombok never fails to serve fresh crispy lunpia. If you happen to grab some lunpia from Lunpia Gang Lombok, you'll find your lunpia in a traditional weaved box with a sticker of the famous lady in striped dress, having a lunpia herself. Lunpia Gang Lombok is located not far away from the iconic landmark of Semarang, Semarang Tugu Muda. Within a 15 mins drive, it will land you right to your crispy lunpia. Address: Jalan Gang Lombok Number 11, Purwodinatan, SemarangContact No.: +62 816 4881 194Opening Hours: 9AM to 5PM (Daily)Price Range: IDR 12,000 - IDR 15,000 (depending on your filling) Tahu Gimbal Credit: @eatfever on Instagram Another typical food of Semarang City is the Tahu Gimbal. This halal street food consists of fried tofu, chopped cabbage, rice cake, bean sprout, eggs, poured over with a shrimp-flavored peanut sauce. On top of that, this mouthwatering dish is also served with deep fried shrimp called shrimp bakwan. The shrimp-flavored peanut sauce is made from lemongrass leaves, spices, sand ginger, bay leaves as well as garlic. If you're craving for this, Tahu Gimbal Pak Edi stall is the way to go! This stall is a 10 minutes drive away from the Tugu Muda Statue. Click here if you want to see the route. For just IDR 13,000 you'll get a generous portion of the Tahu Gimbal! Address: Jalan Menteri Supeno, Mugas Sari, SemarangContact No.: +62 856 4174 2116Opening Hours: 9AM to 11PM (Daily)Price Range: IDR 13,000 onwards Pankuk Ice Credit: @felixkuswardi on Instagram Getting annoyed at the hot and humid weather? Pankuk Ice is the best solution for your thirsty throat. Located just 5 minutes drive away from the Tugu Muda Statue, Pankuk Ice Pak Yono is the ultimate stall you need to go to get your Pankuk Ice cravings fixed! Hit this button and you can see the route. The Pankuk Ice in Pak Yono’s stall is different from most ice cream pancakes since it is still traditionally made. Three scoops of ice cream, with slices of bread, gelatin and thinly cut pancakes to top it all off. Pak Yono still uses traditional tools to make the pancakes. Till today, Pak Yono still retains the traditional way of making Pankuk Ice ever since 1950. This ice pancake stall has three main taste which is chocolate, durian, and avocado. It is only IDR 13,000 for each portion. Address: Jalan Tanjung, Sekayu, SemarangContact No.: +62 812 2877 1554Opening Hours: 10.30AM to 4.30PM (Daily)Price Range: IDR 13,000 onwards Gado Gado Credit: @marthaeva87 on Instagram Yes, we are not moving anywhere. We are still in the same stall that is owned by Pak Yono. This stall is also famous for its gado-gado. Gado Gado is a mixture of rice cake, vegetables, eggs and a scoop of peanut sauce to bring the ingredients together. Pak Yono has his own way of cooking his peanut sauce. Somehow, he is able to make it sweet and sour at the same time! You can have this delicious Gado Gado for IDR 17,000 per portion. Tip: This stall can only accommodate 25 people. Lunch hour is the most crowded time. Address: Jalan Tanjung, Sekayu, SemarangContact No.: +62 812 2877 1554Opening Hours: 10.30AM to 4.30PM (Daily)Price Range: IDR 17,000 onwards Bakmi Jawa Credit: @filipusverdi on Instagram Surely it is Javanese noodle! Javanese noodles are mostly boiled with soy sauce to give that sweet taste. Located just 10 minutes walk away from the Tugu Muda Statue, Bakmi Jawa Doel Noemani is known to serve one of the best Javanese Noodles in Semarang. Using a small skillet over earthenware stoves, heated by charcoal, the Bakmi Jawa is being cooked to perfection. Originally cooked in a stew, you'll find scrambled eggs, noodle, and shredded chicken in a plate of Bakmi Jawa. You can also add extra dishes like chicken liver and gizzard that provided on every table. To add on to that, you could also get yourself some satay to add to your meal. If you happen to drop by the stall, you'll find that all employees would don the traditional batik to uphold the tradition. For one portion of Bakmi Jawa, you only need to pay IDR 15,000 and satay IDR 5,000 per each. Address: Jalan Pemuda Number 117, SemarangContact No.: +62 813 2920 3448Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Daily)Price Range: IDR 15,000 onwards for a plate of Bakmi Jawa If you visit Semarang and try one of those affordable street foods, upload it on your Instagram or Facebook. Don't forget to mention or tag @halaltrip to get featured!...
History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.’ - Eduardo Galeano I strongly agree with Eduardo Galeano. How could I say goodbye to my hometown in Semarang in Central Java? I would never say goodbye to my lovely city of Semarang. This city offers so many historical and adventurous places. I would like to introduce you to a Muslim-friendly tour to Semarang. Trust me, these places are fun and you can learn about their endless history. So fasten your seat belt and let the journey begin! Semarang Old City The first destination you need to visit upon arriving in Semarang is the Semarang Old City. This place will transport you back in time. Years ago, in the 19th-20th centuries, this area was the trade center and a place where the government officials are. In this area, there are around 50 old buildings carrying the European architectural style of the 1700s. During the Dutch colonialization, this area was built according to the agreement with the Mataram Kingdom. In the beginning, it seemed like it was just a fort, however, as time goes by, the city grew and the fort expanded rapidly. The settlement also grew, calling it the De Europeesche Buurt or just like how the locals call it - the Little Netherland. After Indonesia got its independence in 1945, the government began to take over all Dutch Offices and buildings. Some of these buildings are still operating and functioning until today. You can still visit Blenduk Church, Tawang Rain Station, Praoe Layar Cigarette Factory and many more. Semarang Old City is now a public space and a safe destination for you and your family. Lots of young couples put Little Netherland the main location for their pre-wedding photos. Good place for photo-hunting to bring the old vintage look to your Instagram, isn’t it? Address: Jalan Letjen Suprapto Number 22, Tanjung Emas, North Semarang. Synod of Protestant Churches in Western Indonesia (Blenduk Church) Located within the Semarang Old City area, the church was built in 1753. Everyone in Semarang may know about this church. However, locals might not be familiar with the complete name of this church, so if you are looking for this church, be sure to call it the ‘Blenduk Church’, then they will understand. It is also the oldest church in Central Java province. The original name was Nederlandsche Indische Kerk or Synod of Protestant Churches in Western Indonesia. At that time, the shape of the building was like Joglo, a traditional Javanese house, then it was renovated in 1787. A convex shaped dome (in Javanese called Mblenduk) and two towers were added to the church. Since then, locals would always call it the Blenduk church instead of calling its original name. Today, Christians are still using this place for praying and worshipping. Times where there are no masses going on, tourists are allowed to enter with an entrance fee of IDR 10,000. Address: Jalan Letjen Suprapto Number 32, Tanjung Emas, North SemarangOpening Hours: 9AM to 4PM (Mon-Sat) 1PM to 4PM (Sun) Lawang Sewu Building Let’s go to another Netherland historical village in Semarang! Move to the center of Semarang City, we will see the Lawang Sewu building. Lawang Sewu is a Javanese term which translates to 'thousand doors' as there are so many doors inside the building. In fact, the total amount of the doors is 928. Locals use the term ‘thousand doors’ in order to simplify the conversation. Years ago, Lawang Sewu was used as an Indonesian railway center, owned by the railway operator PT. Kereta Api Indonesia used this building as their headquarter. Today, the Lawang Sewu building has evolved into a train museum. There is an endless amount of knowledge that you can gain about the train history in Indonesia when you're at this museum. In the museum, you are able to witness locomotive miniatures including the carriages. This building is so unique and full of art. No wonder tourists and even the locals come to Lawang Sewu. The perfect location for a pre-wedding photo session is in the Main Hall area since it is surrounded with numerous glasses. You can visit Lawang Sewu building on any day and the tentrance fee is pocket-friendly too. Address: Jalan Pemuda, Sekayu, Central Semarang.Opening hours: 7AM to 9PM (Monday to Sunday)Ticket fare: Adult (IDR 10,000). Children under 12 years old and students (IDR 5,000) Sam Poo Kong Temple We’ve done with Netherland’s heritage, now let’s move to the Asian part of Semarang. Yeap! You are right. We are going to the Sam Poo Kong temple. A historical site in the middle of the town. Sam Poo Kong temple was built to remember Admiral Cheng Ho when anchored in the North Coast of Java centuries ago. Red and yellow are dominant colors in the Sam Poo Kong Temple complex. Chinese people, particularly the people who hold onto the Buddhist religion, still use this temple until today. There are at least 4 temples inside the complex and they are the God of Earth Temple, the Quartermasters Temple, the Sam Po Tay Djien Temple, and the Kyai Jangkar Temple. Surely, there are many picturesque spots here. The temple management has even put up some signs to show you the best photo spots. In addition, you can rent Traditional Chinese costumes near the main entrance, and choose from adult to children size. Don't worry about the price, you only need to pay IDR 100,000 to rent the Chinese clothes during the opening hours. There is no time limit when it comes to renting the clothes. Psst... A suggestion from the management, please be quiet when entering the temple, may you find people praying inside. Address: Jalan Simongan Number 129, Bongsari, West Semarang.Opening hours: 8AM to 9PM (Monday to Sunday)Ticket Fare: Normal day (Adult: IDR 5,000. Children: IDR 3,000). Weekend & Holiday (Adult: IDR 8,000. Children: IDR 5,000). Great Mosque of Central Java Last but not least, let's not forget to pray in the Great Mosque of Central Java. The Great Mosque of Central Java was a work in progress in 2001 and was finally opened by 2006. The mosque can accommodate around 15,000 jamaah. This mosque is not only dedicated for prayers but it is also one of the top religious attractions in Semarang. In the mosque area, you can visit the museum and library, providing you with the historical story of this religious spot. As you can see, the architecture of the Great Mosque of Central Java is a blend of local and Arabic culture. There are six giant hydraulic umbrellas just like the Nabawi Mosque in Medina. The giant umbrella will open up during Friday Prayers, Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha as long as the wind does not go over 200 knots. Wanna try to challenge yourself a bit more? You can come inside to Asmaul Husna with 99 meters height. From this place, you'll see the entire Semarang city and also the coastal using some binoculars. Another best spot in the complex is the giant Koran and the giant drum. Address: Jalan Gajah Raya, Sambirejo, Gayamsari, East Semarang. One day is not enough for traveling in Semarang as the best historical destination spot in Indonesia. There are still so many Halal destinations in this town. I promise I will share them on HalalTrip App!...