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Address: Jl. Setiabudi, Banyumanik, Semarang, Indonesia
GPS Coordinate: S7°2'19.1" E110°25'16.1" (view map)
Gardu Pandang Gombel is a place where you can see Semarang from above. When the sky goes dark, the spread of concrete buildings and houses turn into beautiful view of light like shiny ocean in the dark.
The luminous city at night always be an interesting view to see especially from high places, like observatory tower, multistoried building, or hill top. In Semarang, there is a place that can be used to enjoy the view of the whole city. The place is Gardu Pandang Gombel. Before it was named Gardu Pandang Gombel, it had been known as Taman Tabanas (Tabanas park) since there had been a high Tabanas tower. Located on the slope of Gombel Hill, this place becomes more popular with the name Gardu Pandang Gombel, or the people of Semarang called as Nggombel.
As one of favorite hangout places in Semarang, Gombel area is always visited by young people for having fun. Its strategic location on Setiabudi street, which connect Semarang Atas and Semarang Bawah, becomes one of the reasons why it becomes favorite place. From the hill top whose contour looks like great wall stretch along from the east to the west, everybody can see the landscape of Semarang city clearly. Houses, office buildings, factories, chimneys at the harbor, and also the ships and boats on the ocean are clearly seen.
The best time to enjoy the view is in the afternoon until midnight when the golden sunlight that shines the whole part of the city will slowly overcast in harmony with the sun movement to the west. The sky seems also compete to change its color from gold, red, purple, and blue. When dark comes, light appears one by one from bellow and forms luminous view. When the sky is clear, we can also see millions of star twinkling.
While enjoying the beauty of Semarang through its city lamps, you can order a cup of tea or coffee and grilled corn from some street hawkers there. If you want to have more romantic sense, you may choose a café or restaurant to have dinner.