Semarang as the capital city of the Central Java province has a strategic position because it is near the middle of the northern coast of Java. Semarang, a city of around 400 km2 in width has around 1.5 million inhabitants. The local temperature ranges from 26.6⁰C – 29.2⁰C. It lies about 480 km east of Jakarta, and 310 km west of Surabaya. Semarang is a very interesting town because it has a Kota Bawah (Lower Town) situated in the coastal lowland and Kota Atas (Upper Town), situated in the hilly area. The Purple Campus of Soegijapranata Catholic University is on the hilly Upper Town, where the temperature is cool and the hilly view is green and natural.

Historically, Semarang is known as an influential town in Java. There are a number of historical tourism sites that are a must to visit, Klentheng Sam Po Kong (Sam Po Kong shrine) is one of them. Another is the Lawang Sewu (A Thousand Doors) building built by legendary Dutch architects. Every Sunday morning, Semarang citizens often use the center of the city for sports, arts, culinary and tourism activities in an open public area called the Simpang Lima.

In addition, Semarang also has the Kota Lama (Old City) area with Gereja Blenduk (a domed church) as its icon for the center of the Dutch colonial government and business area heritage. For those who have photography as a hobby, many interesting pictures can be taken from the Kota Lama area. During the colonial times, Semarang was one of the famous business port cities in the Archipelago. In addition, it is also famous for its culinary experience and souvenirs, such as Semarang lumpia, Wingko Babat and Bandeng Presto whose delicacies have been known by many visiting tourists.

Because of its strategic location, being at the centre of the eastern coast of Java island, Semarang city is easily accessible. Visitors can travel by buses or trains. Semarang has two train stations, i.e. Tawang and Poncol stations. Trains available are those from and to Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Jombang and Malang. Historically, Semarang has been known as an important train station meeting point in Indonesia. It is in this town that the Dutch built the first railway system in Java. The Dutch opened the first public railways on August 10th, 1967

(http://visitsemarang .com).