Brisbane's Sister City - Semarang
Brisbane's Sister City relationship with Semarang was established in 1993.
Semarang is the capital city of Central Java and:
- is the centre for regional government, industries, trade, education and tourism
- lies on the north coast of Central Java beside the Java Sea
- is iconic for its multicultural history and colonial architecture
- has temperatures ranging from 24 to 32°C and an average humidity of 77%
- is one of the major commercial trading centres of Java
- has a population of approximately 1.5 million people, predominantly Javanese.
Semarang is an important port city, handling a major percentage of Indonesia’s shipping. Semarang’s major industries are:
- agriculture and livestock
- fashion and textiles
- fisheries and aqua culture
- food crops and food processing
- furniture and wood processing
Semarang is home to several universities and high schools. A notable state-owned university is Diponegoro University. Other notable universities are Soegijaparanata Catholic University and Sultan Agung Islamic University.
Owing to its rich multicultural history, Semarang hosts a number of historic colonial and cultural buildings including Lawang Sewu (formerly the Dutch East Indies Railway Company), Gereja Blenduk (Blenduk Church) and Gedong Batu Temple (Sam Poo Kong – the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang). Semarang's Old Town is considered one of the best-preserved colonial cities.