The largest city on Java's north coast, Semarang is a former Dutch colony on the north end of the Indonesian island of Java that found wealth in the exportation of sugar and other agricultural goods. From the 17th through the early 20th centuries, it was a busy seaport that saw traders from China, India, Thailand, Europe and the Middle East every day. Even in the shadow of such modern ports as Singapore and Jakarta, it remains a busy and important trade center. The architecture of the town is a ... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide.
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