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Published on : Friday, January 8, 2016
In order to attract more international tourists, the old town of Semarang in Indonesia is being developed into a world-class tourist destination. The Old Town of Semarang Revitalization Project was officially launched in front of the Johar Post office Headquarters on New Year’s Eve 2016.
The infrastructure and old buildings in Semarangs old town are being repaired with the assistance of the Central Java provincial administration and the Indonesian central government, acting Semarang Mayor Tavip Supriyanto said.
The central government has allocated funds for infrastructure repairs, including Rp68 billion for Merak road and Rp30 billion for Mpu Tantular road.
Supriyanto noted, “We hope to make Semarang’s old town a world’s heritage and not just Semarang city’s pride. Therefore, we have established cooperation with the provincial and central governments to realize this project.”
Semarang city, one of the five major cities in the nation, is located along the north coast of Java Sea.
The city’s old town is located close to its ocean harbor where tourists can still find an interesting collection of unusual buildings dating back to the Dutch colonial era and even further back to the time of the Dutch East Indies Company.
The city boasts several Chinese temples, including Sam Po Kong (Kedung Batu), built in honor of the Chinese Great Admiral Zheng He who visited the area in 1405, and the Tay Kak Sie Temple.