Are you a photography fan? If you visiting Semarang City, at least 4 of the following locations must be included in the visit list. It is not difficult to find photography spots in Semarang, especially for fans of architecture of old buildings. Its location from the city center is also not far away and easy to reach using public transportation. You can take pictures anytime, but for me the best time is in the morning or in the afternoon. Especially when it’s golden and blue hour, because that’s when the light is good. These old buildings in Semarang, if you photograph from different angles the results will also be different. In addition, using a wide lens and tripod is recommended, especially if shooting in low light.
1. Mesjid Agung Jawa Tengah. This mosque was built in 2001 and completed in 2006. It is located on a land area of 20 hectares and was designed in a mixed architectural style of Javanese, Islamic and Roman. The main building of the mosque has a limas roof that is typical of Javanese buildings but at the end of it is equipped with a large dome with a diameter of 20 meters plus 4 towers of 62 meters in each corner of the roof as a complete Islamic universal mosque building with a tower separated from a 99 meter mosque.
Roman style can be seen from the 25 pillar buildings on the mosque. The pillars of the Athens coloseum in Rome are decorated with beautiful calligraphy calligraphy, symbolizing 25 Prophets and Prophets, at the gate written two sentences of creed, on a flat field written in Malay Arabic letters “Sucining Guno Gapuraning Gusti”. This Central Java Grand Mosque, aside from being prepared as a place of worship, is also prepared as a religious tourist object. To support this goal, the Great Mosque is equipped with guesthouses with a capacity of 23 rooms of various classes, so that pilgrims who wish to spend the night can take advantage of the facilities.
The mosque is also not far from the city center. It’s just that if you take pictures when the golden hour and blue hour is definitely disturbed by the many people who are there. Because in addition to prayer, in the courtyard of this mosque there are a lot of people going back and forth or sitting around enjoying the twilight atmosphere. Maybe it’s better to take a photo at dawn. Golden hour and blue hour are not only in the afternoon, but also in the morning.
2. Gedung Lawang Sewu. The thousand-door building is a historic building in Indonesia, located in the city of Semarang, Central Java. This building, formerly the office of the Nederlands-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij or NIS. Built in 1904 and completed in 1907. It is located in the Tugu Muda roundabout which was formerly called Wilhelminaplein. Local people call it Lawang Sewu because the building has a lot of doors, even though in reality, the number of doors does not reach one thousand. After the calculation was carried out at the time of the massive renovation, there were only 928 doors and windows. This building has many windows that are tall and wide, so people often think of it as a door (lawang).
Lawang Sewu is beautifully photographed in the blue hour time until evening. The lights inside and outside this building are warm and give a dark impression even though the lights are actually bright. You can take pictures from the streets outside and inside the building. To get into the ticket price of IDR 10,000 and be in the city center.
3. Gereja Blenduk. Sometimes spelled as Blendug Church and often pronounced as mBlendhu), is the oldest Christian Church in Central Java built by Dutch people who lived in the city in 1753, with a hexagonal (rectangular) form. This church is actually called the GPIB Immanuel Church, on Jl. Letjend. Suprapto 32. The dome is large, coated with bronze, and inside there is a Baroque organ. The architecture inside is based on a Greek cross. The church was renovated in 1894 by W. Westmaas and H.P.A. de Wilde, who added the two towers in front of this church building. The name Blenduk is a nickname of the local community which means dome.
Unfortunately at night only the lights outside are on, so shooting golden hour is better.
4. Vihara Buddhagaya Watugong. Also known as the Buddhagaya Temple is one of the Buddhist places of worship located in Pudakpayung, Banyumanik, Semarang, Central Java. The exact location is in front of Kodam IV / Diponegoro Headquarters. The Buddhagaya Watugong Monastery complex consists of two main main buildings namely and Dhammasala and several other buildings. Avalokitesvara Pagoda is a building that has high artistic value, reaching 45 meters high and is designated as the highest pagoda in Indonesia. From the city center it takes about 1 hour to get here. Here you don’t need to pay for the entrance ticket.
This Avalokitesvara Pagoda is the best photographed at blue hour. Starting at 6:30 in the afternoon the lights around the pagoda are turned on so that the photos are beautifully produced. It is possible that before the dawn of the pagoda is also good for photographs, please try. I took all the photos above using a fisheye lens, I am a big fan of photos taken with a fisheye lens which I think provides a different perspective. You can see other photos on my Instagram.