Semarang lies in the northern part of Central Java. It is a bustling mid-sized city with a population of about 1.5 million. More a business than tourism destination, it nevertheless has its own charm with contrasting modern mid-rises, beautiful old Dutch colonial architecture (kota lama) and Chinatown.
There are some Dutch colonial buildings around monument Tugu Muda; the most famous one is Lawang Sewu which means A Thousand Doors. It was built as the headquarters of the Dutch railway company (Holland Spoor). During World War II, it was used as the Japanese army's headquarters. Lawang Sewu's main attraction is its tall stained glass window. The building is recently renovated and is open to the public. Tour guides are available at the building's entrance. Though reputated to be haunted due to the great number of executions during WWII, Lawang Sewu remains one of Semarang's most prominent landmarks. Other interesting object are Blenduk church in the old “Dutch” town, China town with its Buddhists temples, Gang Baru market and Gang Lombok where you can find some small warungs with typical Semarang food like lumpia’s.