The Jakarta Post
Brown Canyon in Semarang is one of the best photo spots in the Central Java city. (Shutterstock/File)
Semarang became an unexpected social media hit after the residents of a neighborhood in the Central Java city picked a paint brush and gave their homes a colorful makeover.
Kampung Pelangi, translated as Rainbow Village, became an instant Instagram favorite.
However, Semarang offers more than just its unique rainbow neighborhood. Here are four other places that offer great photo-taking opportunities, as compiled by tempo.co.
Selfie, wefie spots
Taking interesting photos of yourself has increasingly become an essential part of traveling. Semarang has three selfie-worthy spots. In addition to the aforementioned Kampung Pelangi, there is also Brown Canyon for nature lovers and the Negeri di Atas Awan (Land above the Clouds) tourism area. Each provide a unique backdrop for enviable photos to post on your social media feed.
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Desa Wisata Kandri (Kandri Tourism Village)
Being developed as a destination of international standard, Desa Wisata Kandri (Kandri Tourism Village) in Gunungpati boasts its own signature characteristics while still retaining its traditions and culture.
"There will be 200 homestays with 355 rooms at Desa Wisata Kandri. Supporting infrastructure will also be prepared," Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi said.
Visitors looking for a different type of experience can head to Maron Mangrove Edupark at Maron Beach. Spanning five hectares, the mangrove forest is located not far from Ahmad Yani International Airport.
"Here, visitors can learn how to recognize, plant and care for mangroves," said Rusmadi, a Maron Mangrove Edupark administrator.
Other nearby mangrove forest destinations include Maerokoco Park, Mangrove Ecotourism in Tapak Village and Trimulyo Beach.
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Kota Lama (Old Town)
Established in the 18th century, when Indonesia was still a Dutch colony, Semarang's Kota Lama (Old Town) has also been known as Little Netherlands. Located at the intersection of Jl. Pemuda and Jl. Imam Bonjol, the 31 hectare area is home to at least 60 historic buildings.
Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has previously said that Semarang's Old Town could even be developed similar to Warsaw Old Town, a popular tourism destination in Poland. "Similar to Warsaw Old Town, people could walk on foot, with many eateries and souvenirs on offer, that would be good," Tjahjo said. (liz/kes)