Spending a Morning at Chinatown of Semarang

One of the well-known street photography site in many places of the world is the Chinatown. The same goes to Semarang City in Indonesia. Locally known as Pecinan, people usually visit this long alley in the evening, especially from Friday to Sunday because these three days are the time for street food sellers lining up to serve the culinary hunter in the city. You should try!

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This time, I went there in the morning where I found several interesting activities with old ambiance and vintage character that I managed to capture. While I always visit Pecinan Semarang during weekend night, I never know that this site has a lot of interesting scenes in the morning. You can find people riding their bikes and people going short distance using pedicabs. Since it’s also located near traditional market, you can also definitely do street photography in the market itself. My personal favorite is scene of a man unloading some stuffs in the alley for market supplies. It gives a warm natural light because I took the picture around 7 or 8 am.

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If you walk a bit farther, there are  some Chinese temples in the area. You can definitely  explore the Chinatown while adoring the architectural and the culture aspect. All in all, exploring this area can give you this traveling-back-time kind of feeling. While it’s a must to visit this area during evening for your Saturday night time, you should also try to check this place other times in the morning and see how this place has different things to offer.

Author: Prayoga Nyoman

For me, photography is a time travel machine. It's a tool to make you remember things, treasure the memories that are worth to keep.
Aside of my daily work, living the office life, I always have my heart for photography. I develop my interest in street photography, capturing human interactions, and exploring moody scenes. You can find me frequently posting my pictures on my instagram: @prayoganyoman.

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