Formerly a military airbase owned by the Armed Forces of Indonesia, Achmad Yani International Airport has been open to domestic commercial flights since 1966 other than serving as an airbase for the Indonesian Army. The airline terminal took its name from one of Indonesia’s national heroes General Achmad Yani. The airport in the capital of Central Java, Indonesia has one terminal located on the south of the runway. It has only one arrival and one departure gate each for domestic and international flights. Spanning an area of more than 2,600 square metres, the airport has a total capacity of 180 passengers and features facilities like banks, food outlets, money changers, and souvenir shops.
What to see & do
Sam Po Kong Temple - This is the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang which does not belong to any specific religion unlike other temples. It serves as a worship place for people coming from various religions like Buddhists, Taoists, and Muslims. One can find here exquisite architecture and designs like dragon sculptures. Its main temple was erected in front of a large cave which was made to be a replica of the original site where Cheng Ho’s temple was built.
Old City - Dubbed as the Outstadt, the old city in Semarang is home to colonial buildings which are already decaying since these were not properly taken care of city authorities. Situated at the centre of this old city is the Gereja Blenduk which has a spectacular baroque-style organ and a wooden pulpit. A caretaker lets visitors in; just don’t forget to knock on the church’s door. Tourists can also visit the Semarang Gallery which showcases Indonesian contemporary art made by young talented artists.
Lawang Sewu - The Lawang Sewu or Thousand Doors is the most famous landmark in Semarang. It is made up of two colossal colonial buildings which were once the headquarters of the Indonesian railways during the Dutch era. The area is not open to the public due to ongoing restoration process though visitors are allowed to walk through its empty corridors while admiring the beauty of its stained glass and marble staircases. Despite its beauty, locals consider the place a haunted house since it is claimed that hundreds of people lost their lives there during the World War II.
How to get around within Semarang
A fleet of mini buses called Damri ply around the city to transport people from one place to another. The routes of these buses are written in the form of “origin-destination” like Daihatsu Johar-Sampangan. Taxis are also convenient way to travel around the province since these just come cheap. If you want to have full control of your itinerary, one can choose to travel by car but tourists should keep in mind that fuelling in Semarang is self-service.
How to get there
Achmad Yani International Airport is easily accessible through daily flights from other Indonesian cities like Bandung, Denpasar, Bali, Surabaya, and Jakarta. It also serves international airlines coming from Singapore and Malaysia. Some of the major airlines operating in the airport include AirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Wings Air, Aviastar, Susi Air, and SilkAir.
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