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Ahh…Last day in Semarang! Sad that our enjoyable getaway is coming to an end.
First, we went to Lawang Sewu (Rp. 10,000) which means a thousand door in Javanese! Not sure if it really has a thousand doors but there were really many doors, about 4 to 6 doors in one room! Lawang Sewu is an ancient building famous for its exotic design and its mystical tales
This place is said to be the most haunted place in Semarang because the basement was used as a prison during the Japanese occupation with several executions taking place. The locals believe that the souls of the dead people still remain.
Go there early as it will be very crowded in the afternoon.
Next, we took a cab to the old town of Semarang which is at Gereja Blenduk and Kota Lama. The old town of Semarang is also called little Netherlands.
What we found interesting is the street of antique along the road, they sold antique posters, money, cameras! This street will transport you back into the past!
When was the last time you saw cameras, coins, furniture and posters like this?
Old Town of Semarang – Gereja Blenduk and Kota Lama
Ikan Bakar Cianjur
Across Gereja Blenduk is the Blenduk Ancient Building Insurance Office where the Ikan Bakar Cianjur restaurant was. Ikan Bakar Cianjur is famous for its grilled fish and there were several types of fish and cooking style to choose from.
We tried the Gurame Bakar (Grilled Fresh-water Carp fish), Ayam Goreng and Ayam goreng Ampela (Fried Chicken Gizzard). I would say as compared to the meals we had yesterday at Simpang Lima, this was nicer but was also pricier. The grilled fish costs Rp. 88,000 and ayam goreng was Rp, 22,000.
Ayam Penyet originated from Semarang and you will understand why when you try it! The chicken meat was much smaller than what we usually see but it was so tender and delicious! We really love the fish! It was one of the best fish we ever ate! And we ate every single bits of it until we were left with the bones.
Best fish ever!
Along the same direction, 3 minutes away, we found the Old City 3D Trick Art Museum which is newly opened in May 2016. We were amazed how this small museum actually contains many wallpapers. We had lots of fun taking 3D photographs that look so real! The admission ticket for the 3D Museum is Rp. 40,000 per person.
Old City 3D Trick Art Museum in Semarang
Our last stop! Toko Oen!
Toko Oen is one of the oldest family-owned restaurant with over 80 years of history. This café is so old school; they sell old times cakes and cookies over the counter.
When we step into Toko Oen, majority of the customers had ice-cream in their hands. Here’s our Oen’s Symphony Ice Cream (RP. 37,500), which came with vanilla, chocolate, mocha, coffee and rum raisin flavours. We weren’t overly impressed by the ice cream. For some reason, it tasted like the $1 ice-cream you from the Singapore Ice Cream Motorcycle.
We also tried the Poffertjes Campur (Keju + Coklat) which serves 12 pieces of mini ball topped with cheese and chocolate.
Sadly, the service here was incredibly poor. We were really upset that when we made payment we queued for very long and the lady at the cashier kept serving other people that did not queue.
This summarises our trip!