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Jakarta Post

Semarang's Old City offers history, culture

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang, C. Java   /   Sun, May 25 2008   /  12:01 pm

Deviana's eyes shone when she entered the cool, green environs of Srigunting Park in Semarang, Central Java. The public park has been preserved by the Semarang administration and is surrounded by a number of colonial architecture, including the famous Immanuel Church, also called Blenduk Church. "I've come to Semarang several times, but this is my first visit to Kota Lama (Old City). It's really fantastic, as the old buildings built during the Dutch era still exist and look solid," said the youth from Jakarta. "Of course, they are damaged here and there, but I also noticed the local government's efforts at restoration. I think the buildings have to be preserved so that they remain attractive tourism objects," she said. Deviana was even more awed when the church staff allowed her to enter and take a close look at the interior of the church. ...