A Visit to the Little Netherlands of Central Java

Trip Start Feb 15, 2012
Trip End Feb 20, 2012

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Flag of Indonesia  , Java,
Thursday, February 16, 2012

From the earlier location, we drove north bound to the shorelines of Semarang City. This area is also known as the Little Netherlands of Semarang.


Semarang, being a Port City, was originally concentrated towards this area which is closer to the sea. This small township was once the capitol of Central Java province. This little area is also known as Outstadt by the Dutch. 

This township was built by the Dutch in the 1700's and the architecture is based on that of the Netherlands, thus making the Dutch community feeling at home always, despite being in Java Island. 




This entire township is mostly filled with warehouses which perhaps was once where the merchandise from the ports were stored. Today, though many of these warehouses have been refurbished on the inside to cater for modern technology, its outer design and structures have been kept intact for historical and preservation reasons.

We walked around this entire township and its such a beautiful place to be in. There were also numerous churches and the most notable one is the Blenduk Church. Blenduk Church is the oldest Christian Church in Central Java and was built by the Dutch in the year 1753. The denomination being Protestant, though there are many other Catholic Churches around the same vicinity built by the Dutch too.

This church is still active and the Sunday Service still goes on till date. I walked around the church taking some photographs of the church and the Pastors Quarters which lies on the rear of the church. 

By then, it was already 1 pm Indonesia time (2 pm Malaysian Time) and we were already hungry. There was a 'favourite' shop of the locals just across the church and we decided to try this shop instead. Unlike my previous trip last month to the Province of West Sumatra where we could not find mutton or lamb, here the favourite meat seems to be that of mutton cooked in various manners. 


In this shop, the signature dishes were Sate Kambing (mutton sate) and Gule Kambing (Mutton Curry). Sate is meat on bamboo skewers and are found in abundance in Malaysia and Indonesia. However, in Malaysia, the common meat used for this purpose is chicken and beef. In contrary, in Indonesia, there is Mutton Satay, Chicken Satay, Beef Satay, Pork Satay and Horse Satay. In this province, beef seemed a little less popular (perhaps due to the influence of Hinduism in ancient times) but the other types of meat mentioned, are quite common.

It all comes in standard portion sizes and is eaten with white rice. The sate was good and well prepared and the curry was also good, but not like the Indian method of preparation which we are more accustomed to. The Indian method is thicker and spicier but this was nice too, for a change. Cost, of course was very low as food in Indonesia is very cheap.

With our lunch done, we head back to the car to our next destination outside of Semarang heading Eastwards towards the border of Central Java and East Java for a visit to a great historical temple....the journey should be about two hours and twenty minutes.

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Jay on

The town has a historical feeling to it. Must have been a bustling city once upon a time. By the way, the Satay looks good however the curry looks like a little watery to me but as you said,we are used to the Indian style of cooking curry as it surely is different to this.

srirsridhar2 on

modern town

venoth on

Hi Jay, very true. It must have been a great city once. Yes bro, the curry is watery by our Indian standards but it did taste good too. Hehehe

venoth on

True Sridhar, it is the main Port City for Central Java. Loads of commerce take place here.

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