Sam Poo Kong Temple, History and Religious Tour in Semarang that Must Be Visited – Semarang, in addition to being the capital of Central Java in Indonesia, this one city also has a wide range of tourist types, ranging from historical tours, religion, nature to culinary tourism, well one of the tourist attractions in Semarang which is quite popular as a historical and religious tourism is Sam Poo Kong Temple..
|Sam Poo Kong Temple|
Sam Poo Kong is a pagoda building, a building that functioned as a place of worship of Chinese society, no wonder if the whole building in Sam Poo Kong Temple is red and yellow typical of China.
What’s Attractive at Sam Poo Kong Pagoda?
In addition to being a place of worship, Sam Poo Kong also become one of the tourist attractions in Semarang is quite popular, especially among young people, Sam Poo Kong area is quite wide enough to accommodate many visitors.
Sam Poo Kong itself is a heritage building of Admiral Cheng Ho, an moeslim admiral from China, when you enter the temple area, you can see a huge statue of Admiral Cheng Ho standing firm.
The core building of the Sam Poo Kong pagoda is a Batu Cave which is believed to be the first place to land and the headquarters of Admiral Cheng Ho along with his men when visiting Java in the 1400. Goa Originally covered in landslides in the 1700, then rebuilt by local residents as a tribute to Cheng Ho.
In the building of Batu Cave there is a statue of Admiral Cheng Ho who is wrapped in gold and functioned as a place of worship to beg for sustenance, safety and health, not only that, in Sam Poo Kong Pagoda area there are also other buildings such as:
Thao Tee Kong Temple
This building is functioned as a place of worship of God of Earth to ask for blessing and salvation of life.
Kyai Juru Mudi
That is the tomb of the helmsman of the ship boarded by Admiral Zheng He.
In this area there is the original anchor of the vessel Admiral Cheng Ho wrapped in red cloth, in addition this place is also used to pray for the non-family spirits who may not have a place in the afterlife.
Kyai Cundrik Bumi
Is a storage place of all kinds of weapons belonging to the crew of the ship Admiral Cheng Ho.
Kyai and Nyai Tumpeng
It is a food storage area during Admiral Cheng Ho’s time.
Because Sam Poo Kong Pagoda is a building that has a main function for pray, so not everyone is allowed to enter any room, even so we still can see the beauty of the architecture of the temple building from outside.
Sam Poo Kong Pagoda can be a cool location for you lovers of photography, because the buildings in the temple area look very unique with typical Chinese buildings.
Everyday, Sam Poo Kong is always crowded by visitors, especially among young people, well, after you are satisfied around the area Klenteng, at an additional cost you can try to take pictures by using typical Chinese clothing also you know.
|Sam Poo Kong Temple|
Route Towards Sam Poo Kong Temple Semarang
Access to Semarang tourist attraction is fairly easy because not far from downtown Semarang, well if you from Simpang Lima Semarang just take the way through Pahlawan road until at the intersection of Central Java Police.
Arriving at the intersection please turn right through Veteran road until you arrive at Dr. Kariadi, right in front of Dr. Kariadi please turn left and follow the course, Sam Poo Kong Temple is on the left side of the road after the bridge, no need to be afraid of getting lost because there are already many guides.
In addition to using private vehicles, Sam Poo Kong can also be reached using public transportation, either taxis or trans semarang buses to Mangkang or vice versa.
- Parking lot
- Spot photos
- Information Center
Sam Poo Kong Entrance Price:
- IDR 5.000 / person
- Photos using typical Chinese clothes IDR 70.000 / orang
Opening hours :
06: 00-23: 00 WIB (Western Indonesian Time)
For lodging problems, because of its location not far from downtown Semarang, so you can look for hotels in the city center.
Holiday Tips to Sam Poo Kong Semarang:
- Whenever the best time to visit Sam Poo Kong, especially during the Chinese New Year because usually will be held a show in the area Klenteng.
- It is suitable for you lovers of photography.
- To feel more comfortable, you can come at night.
- If you want to know more about Sam Poo Kong’s history, you can hire a guide that you can ask anything about Pagoda.