Monday, February 28, 2011

Culinary Tourism in Waroeng Semawis

Waroeng Semawis or so-called Semawis Market was originally a night market in Chinatown area , held a few days before Chinese New Year celebrations in 2004, following the opening of the Lunar New Year as the National Holiday. This market is an association of ideas Semawis Coffee (Semarang's Chinatown Community for Tourism). Semawis Market and Chinatown is the object of Semarang tourism is very important.
If you visit the Market Semawis ahead of Chinese New Year celebration, at various angles Chinatown area decorated with various kinds of ornaments such as lanterns or red banners everywhere. There was also a performing arts and Chinese culture such as classical opera, lion dance, wushu, potehi wayang (puppet show typical Chinese), calligraphy art, Feng Shui consultation, to the typical Chinese traditional medicine.

Beyond the celebration of Chinese New Year, Chinatown area remains an attractive place to visit. Unlike the initial implementation is where the location of the carnival starting from Wotgandul Road East, Gang Rear, New Gang, Gang Warung, Gambiran Gang, Gang Center, and Gang Besen, Semawis Market is now only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 18:00- 23:00 on Gang Warung . At that time there were hundreds of booths offering a variety of food. Type of food was not only limited to Semarang traditional food but also food that represent the Arab community, Pakistan and India.

Various typical servings at once an icon of culinary Semarang can be found here as â € œNasi Gudeg Mbok Sireng, Nasi Pindang and Soto Mrs.TRISA, Sate Mr. Kempleng, Chicken rice Karangturi, Babat Fried rice and Gongso Kenangan, etc. A variety of oriental dishes including satay Pig typical Chinatown Singapore all in Semawis Market. Other foods such as Java Bakmie, Nasi Goreng, Nasi Pecel, Rice Pela, various kebabs, seafood and soup adds food choices that can be sampled at Semawis Market .

Not only that, various drinks and snacks can also be found here as Wedang Ronde , Wedhang Peanut, various teas with various brands of tempo and not miss too doeloe Ice Conglik. Other snacks such as Serabi Kuah Typical Kalicari and Loenpia, pity to miss.

To start a culinary adventure it's good you have to be really empty stomach. Along the road there are hundreds of stalls and tents selling food that is ready for trial. culinary tour can be started with a dish of tea with doeloe tempo brand or try a light snacks such as Loenpia and dumplings. If you roll in, the event could be more festive dinner where each person ordered a different dish. So many varieties of dishes on offer, so just visit it once it's not enough.

Not only that, Semawis Market also opened a special tent "street karaoke" that can be followed by anyone, Generally participants are those who are fluent karaoke sing Mandarin songs and the older generation. Do not be surprised if you have to queue up to be mandapatkan turn. Rebound Mandarin songs this will be the perfect friend to eat at the Market event Semawis. Adding a unique atmosphere to eat in Chinatown.

When visiting Chinatown during the day did not appear any signs of the night market. But that does not mean you can not get around to see the remnants of the beauty of Chinatown that has a lot of pagoda . Each pagoda in Semarang's Chinatown area has its own uniqueness and historical value. Some of the pagoda, for example Tay Kak Sie temple in Gang Lombok. There is another pagoda Siu Hok Bio (1753) in East Wotgandul Road, Pagoda Liong Hok Bio in Gang Sidewalk, Pagoda Tek Hay Bio, Hoo Hok Bio (1792), Tong Pek Bio Pagoda, Pagoda Kong Tik Soe Gang Street Sidewalk, Pagoda Wie Wie Kiong and See Hoo Kiong Temple in Jalan Sebandaran I, and Pagoda Grajen.

So in addition to the night market that is filled with a variety of tempting snacks nan, the area is also rich with cultural heritage is also interesting to visit. To achieve Semawis Market is very easy, only it took less than 30 minutes from the Simpang Lima by car or motorbike.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Gang Markets

One of the most visited places in the area of Chinatown in Semarang is a New Gang market. This market is located disebuah alley or hallway in the middle - the middle area of Chinatown. Market activity began in the early morning at around 5, traders from various regions around Hyderabad to arrive and offer various kinds of goods in this market.

Traditional markets have decades-old provides a variety of daily needs - the day ranging from food, medicine - traditional medicine, clothing, to equipment rituals of Chinese society.

Location of New Gang markets lie between the road and the Gang Rear Beteng, can be reached by road or from Gang Warung Sebandaran. Also there is a small road that can be traversed by pedestrians or two-wheel vehicle through the Gang Gang Little and new markets. 

The most ideal time to visit this market is to start at 6 to 10 am, at the full market still presents a variety of goods, selebih from 10 normally have a lot of traders are out of stock so the market began to empty. This market is actually open until late afternoon, but the afternoon will be fewer and fewer traders are still selling, mostly traders who lived in New Gang - average selling material - foodstuffs and supplies Chinese ritual.

By late afternoon the market is usually already started to slow. Most of the traders had to get rid of stall - stall their wares so that four-wheeled vehicles can easily pass through this market. If you come to the market a New Gang on the afternoon or evening, the hall is no different than like alley - there is lots of other alley in Chinatown in Semarang.

Ji Kao Mee

There is a unique agenda at the annual New Gang markets, a day before the last day of Chinese calendar or a calendar of 29 months 12 Lunar New Year, New Gang markets open day and night and always crowded crowded with visitors until morning. This tradition is called by residents of Chinatown as an event Ji Kao Mee (Night 29), various kinds of ceremonial purposes provided welcome the Chinese New Year this market.

One of the mandatory menu for the Chinese New Year ceremony is wat Kwee , a large bowl cake and fresh red. This cake will only be found in the New Gang on the night of 29 that's all. Other typical dishes are always presented on the day - the day before the Lunar new year is a cake basket , sweet cake made of glutinous rice and palm sugar.

Since the last two years, the night market activities Ji Kao Mee became increasingly lively as combined with Lunar Semawis Market activity that was held along the Chinatown in Semarang. You can find a variety of trinkets - unique trinkets to welcome the Chinese New Year here, including a variety of fresh flowers imported directly from plantations around Semarang.

Pasar Johar, Habitat The Merchant

Which are the largest traditional market in Semarang? Everyone agreed to answer Johar Market . The market is located on the edge of Kali Semarang is traditionally an economic center of Semarang residents. Johar market soaring architecture shaped like a mushroom. Is Herman Thomas Karsten , Dutch architect who designed the architecture of trusted traditional wholesale market was built in 1937. Special feature of the market architecture lies in its roof shaped like a mushroom columns. The roof of one another and each shade and does not blend. This construction allows air to enter from all directions.

Although no air conditioning machines, fresh air can be enjoyed. The system of cross ventilation is also seen in the House Lawang Sewu merupak Karsten characteristics. In addition to the room to make energy efficient building with cross ventilation is also suitable for tropical areas like Indonesia. Another feature is the presence of architecture Johar Market kosongantara room floor one and two. Because the space was exactly, visitors can see the unique mushroom-shaped roof.

Not only the ecological aspects into consideration planning Johar Market . Sociological aspects are also highly considered. Karsten understand well the market functions in the tradition of Indonesian society. Unlike the European market in which only the market functioning only as a merchant and buyer transactions. In Indonesia, the market is not just a transaction, but also as a place of open space to accommodate the traders nonpermanen (tiban) which sell at a particular event.

Karsten also very concerned about the number of women who become traders or simply be carrying laborers. To alleviate mbok mbok gendhong-shouldered bagor, market stall flooring made knee-high adults. The goal is that workers need not carry too heavy to lift weights before being held.

In terms of building materials, Karsten selecting high-quality marble wall surfaces as a coating material, the main table, and some floors. While the stone stairs from andesite. No wonder, more than 70 years of age Johar Market still stands strong.

Notoriety Johar Market to the entire Java. Traders do not just come out of Hyderabad, but also from Solo, Klaten, and Holy. They trade in Johar Market to hereditary. Even traders from outside Java enliven. Once traders from Borneo, Sumatra, and Sulawesi can directly unload the ship in the Kali Semarang, which passes right on the edge of Johar Market. On top of that there are times Berok Bridge, not far from Johar Market, which is a hydraulic bridge. When a ship unloading in Johar Market , the bridge could be opened, then closed again. Until early 1970, the ship could still enter Kali Semarang. Unfortunately, it's shallow and the bridge was not open anymore.

Now the architectural grandeur of Johar market can hardly be enjoyed. Density of traders and maintain spatial indiscipline make air circulation is not as good as first. The only reason every day Pasar Johar filled with visitors is because it is available all the needs of society, from clothing, food, to electronics with relatively cheap price. Pasar Johar has always been a destination for retail or wholesale buyers.

Apart from being a place of trade, Johar Market is like a village meeting place for traders from various regions.

Tay Kak Sie Temple

Over the centuries - since arriving in Semarang , the Chinese community first settled in the area Mangkang, a name originally derived from the word Wakang Tjoen or large sailboat. Genesis uprising of people - the Chinese in Batavia to the Dutch colonial government had feared spread to Semarang create localize the Dutch government - the Chinese place that is easy to monitor them around the time of Semarang, the place now known as Chinatown in Semarang

Since localized in the vicinity of Kali Semarang, the Chinese community who will hold a prayer ceremony must take pains to go to the pagoda Stone Building, both to pray daily Simongan â € "today and to commemorate the arrival of Admiral Cheng Ho was a very respected.

At that time, the distance that must be taken to reach the hill Simongan of territory along the Chinese community pemukian Kali Semarang including very far, considering the condition of the city of Hyderabad when it is still centered in the old town now, also because of security conditions that has always been a barrier for people who want to pray at the pagoda is the oldest in Hyderabad, then encourage them to establish places of worship near their homes.

Initiated by a merchant named Khouw Ping (Xu Peng), in 1724 founded a house of worship which later was named Kwan Im Ting. Its location is situated beside  a small pond, amid grove of trees â € "and a tamarind tree somewhat remote from settlement.

The little pagoda slowly turned into the crowded center, the surrounding area was also developed into the more crowded and congested. Any date 1 (Je It) and 15 (Cap Go) Lunar calendar, the place is always crowded Chinatown community. If mapped in its present condition, Ting Kwan Im guess â € "located about midway between East Wotgandul road (Cap Kao Keng) and Little Gang street, or in the center â €" Rear Gang halfway.

Small pond by the local community called Kambang Bale lasted for more than 200 years. Unfortunately because the pool was widely used to store garbage and other debris, in 1966 finally closed to the public and is now on it has stood the warehouse.

In the year 1753 event clashes between groups of gamblers who are drunk in the yard Ting Kwan Im. This event caused a huge reaction from the character â € "public figure at that time. Of the incident later appeared Kwan Im thinking to move elsewhere Ting wider and safer. Various talks continue, until finally in 1771.

Upon instructions from feng shui experts, led by Ping Khouw, some Chinese merchants to choose an area of land alongside the Kali Semarang who was then still a chili garden. Chinese community worked together accounted for various purposes of establishment of their new place of worship, not just donating money, but also a variety of building materials. Worker â € "masons, carpenters, craftsmen and many more were brought from various places. Statue â € "statues of gods and goddesses imported directly from China.

1772, a year since the start built, pagoda that has stood the majestic and sturdy, Tay Kak Sie his name, meaning the Temple of Consciousness.

The procession moved the statue and incense ash Kwan Im Poo Sat (Goddess of Mercy â € "Avalokiteswara) from Kwan Im Tay Kak Sie Ting to be done in a large prayer ceremonies â €" scale. Potehi puppet show from Batavia (now Jakarta) was held over two full months, that's for the first time, people familiar with puppets potehi Hyderabad.

Gang Lombok

The existence of Tay Kak Sie temple on Lombok garden, finally made pagoda pagoda is also known as Gang Lombok. Its existence is true â € "really made the atmosphere around it become alive and vibrant. Kali Semarang at that time was wide and deep can be traversed by boats and barges, back and forth from the sea up into the city, make the trade there become increasingly crowded and developed world.

The area where the ship â € "unload its cargo the ship was located not far from the pagoda Tay Kak Sie.Sebagian there is a large warehouse owned Khouw Ping, so that gradually the place was known to locals as â € œsungainya Khouw Pinga €? or in dialect Semarangan become â € œkalinya Khauw Pinga €??. Llidah people around to simplify it into Kali Coping.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Central Java Grand Mosque

Central Java Grand Mosque is one of the grandest mosques in Indonesia. With the architecture of this beautiful mosque was built in 2001 and completed in 2006. Mosque complex consists of an area of 7669 m2 main building and courtyard area of 7,500 m2. Central Java Grand Mosque is located on the street Elephant Kingdom, precisely in the Village Sambirejo, Gayamsari District, the city of Semarang .

The mosque that can accommodate no fewer than 15,000 pilgrims was inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in 2006. Inauguration ceremony was marked by the signing of the stone inscriptions as high as 3.2 m and weighing 7.8 tons, located in front of the mosque. The inscription is made of natural stone that comes from the slopes of Mount Merapi.

Apart from being a place of worship, the Great Mosque of Central Java is also the attractions of integrated educational, religious, educational centers, and centers of Islamic syiar activity. By visiting this mosque, visitors can see the unique architecture of the mosque which is a blend of Javanese architecture, Roman and Arabic.

Java architecture seen in some parts, for example at the base of the pole mosque use motif like tumpal, untu stinky, kawung, and machete-parangan. Feature of Eastern architecture Tenga h (Arabic) terliat on mosque walls of the mosque walls are decorated with calligraphy. In addition, in the courtyard of Central Java Grand Mosque consists of 6 hydraulic giant umbrella that can open and close automatically which is the adoption of the architecture of the Prophet's Mosque located in the city of Medina. The mosque is also less influenced by the style of Roman architecture . The style is apparent on the interior design and color layer attached to the corners of the building.

In addition to the main building are spacious and beautiful mosques, there are other supporting buildings. The support buildings include: the auditorium on the right wing side of the mosque that can accommodate approximately 2,000 people. The auditorium is usually used for exhibitions, weddings and other activities. Left wing of the mosque there is a library and office space for rent to the public. The main page that there are 6 mosques hydraulic umbrella can also accommodate crowd of 10,000 people.

Another feature of this mosque of Menara Asmaul Husna (Al Husna Tower) with a height of 99 m. The tower can be seen from a radius of 5 km is located at the southwest corner of the mosque. The tower symbolized the greatness and omnipotence of God. Dipuncak tower equipped with binocular viewing. From here visitors can enjoy the fresh air while looking at the beautiful city of Semarang and the ships that were passing by at the port of Tanjung Emas.

In this mosque also contained Al qur `an enormous work of handwriting H. Hayatuddin, a calligrapher from the University of Science and Science Al-qur `an from Wonosobo, Central Java. Not only that, there is also a replica of a giant drum made by the students Mangunsari Alfalah Islamic School, Jatilawang, Banyumas, West Java.

In the area of Central Java Grand Mosque there are various kinds of facilities such as libraries, auditoriums, inn, room ceremony, tour guide, museum of Islamic culture, Muslim cafes, souvenir stalls, fruit, and others. In addition, there are also various kinds of entertainment facilities such as water fountains, children's playground, and train a rabbit that can deliver visitors revolves around the mosque complex.

To enter the kawasab Central Java Grand Mosque , visitors are free. However, if visitors wish to enter certain areas such as Tower Asmaul Husna , visitors are required to pay Rp 3,000 per person for an hour visit between the hours of 8.00 am until 5:30 pm. And when visitors come in at 5.30  pm until 9.00 pm that rate increased to Rp 4,000 per person. For visitors who want to use the binoculars contained in the Tower Asmaul Husna, then visitors must spend an additional cost of Rp 500, - per minute.

During the holidays, visit the mosque many tourists who come from various regions. Even some foreign tourists, especially Muslims melunagkan much time to visit this mosque to worship as well as sightseeing.

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