We walk from the parking lot to the Kota Lama area. I saw lot of visitor came and taking picture around this area. Despite the hot weather, it's really nice to stroll at this area. I really like to walk around an unique place like here. I feels grateful I can visit this places with my friends. Kota Lama listed on tentative list Cultural World Heritage No. 6011.
Established in 17th century, Kota Lama Semarang is a best preserved colonial city with remarkable testimony of important historical phases of human civilization - in economic, political and social - in the South East Asia and the world. It's unique urban landscape shows a development of a fortified city which is growing in to an international and cosmopolitan port city in it's age.
It starts from the establishment of V.O.C. fort that adjacent to the Semarang riverbank. The fort has five bastions, so it is also known as De Vijfhoek. After the fortified wall was demolished in 1824, these site growing up as a modern trade city. The site was dominated by office buildings, warehouses, stores, banks, and foreign consulates.
There are three key words to understand the Semarang Old City in the early 20th century, there are cosmopolitan, trade, and services. Colonial architecture appeared and crossed with local conditions, presents the unique character to the site. All of its because there has been an obvious aim for directing the site as the center of trade and services in Semarang.
Semarang Kota Lama was developed from a fortified city. During the end of the 17th century, the fortress had to be torn down due to economic growth, especially to accomodate the use of steam locomotif as a mean of transportation to support Semarang which in those days becomes a notable international trading port city. The use of steam locomotif which brought by the torn down of the fotress had change Semarang Kota Lama which in the 17th century was an introvert city with it's fortification becomes more open, multicultural and cosmopolit.
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We went to Ka Dyas house. Ka Irena bought gudeg for her. We saw her daughter and husband. I first met with Ka Dyas a couple years ago. When I went to Singapore to watch Super Junior Super Show concert.
We ordered cheese buldak. I thought it portion will be big, but it's just a small pan. There is tteok, chicken, cucumber, carrot, leek, spicy sauce and cheese. It's really yummy. I love the cheese. I take a piece of tteok and dip it in the cheese. I twist it so I got many cheese. I never found cheese buldak here in Denpasar, so I enjoy it a lot.
Next I bought a cake for Ka Irena birthday, and we walk around and bought birthday gift for Ka Irena.