The Legend of Rawa Pening Semarang & Exciting Activities

Lake Rawa Pening Semarang is a tourist destination that cannot be missed if you visit Semarang, Central Java.

Lake Rawa Pening Semarang has an area of ​​2,670 hectares and is located in four districts at the same time in Semarang Regency. Among other sub-districts Ambarawa, Bawen, Tuntang and Banyubiru.

Located on the lowest slope around Mount Merbabu, Mount Telomoyo and Mount Ungaran, this lake has extraordinary natural views. The lake has shallow and clear water.

For Advontura friends who want to take a short break from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place could be the right destination for you. Want to know more information? Let’s look at the following article.

The Legend of Rawa Pening Semarang

Swamp headache Semarang
Swamp Dizziness (Photo by

Apart from its natural beauty, this place also has legends that have been passed down from generation to generation. It is said that this lake was formed as a result of the actions of arrogant villagers who chased away a child who wanted to eat at the Earth’s Harvest Alms Festival. The child was scaly and looked strange so that people felt disgusted and kicked him out and kicked him.

Unbeknownst to them, the child is the incarnation of Baru Klinting. Baru Klinting is the son of Endang Sawitri and the ascetic Ki Hajar Salokantara who was born in the shape of a dragon but can speak like a human. The poor child was killed by villagers while imprisoned on a mountainside.

The incarnation of Baru Klinting finally left with a hurt heart and met an old widow who was willing to feed him and treat him well. Seeing the kindness, she ordered the Old Widow to immediately prepare the mortar when she heard a roar.

The boy returns to the village celebration and tries to beg for food. Unfortunately, the request was harshly refused. Baru Klinting’s incarnate child then stuck a stick into the ground and pulled it out. Instantly the water came out swiftly and drowned the whole village. No one survived except for the Old Widow.

From there formed a lake with clear water. So that the lake is called Rawa Pening which means Lake with clear water.

Activities at Rawa Pening Semarang Tourist Attractions

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Rawa Pening Lake (Photo by

This tourist area has many facilities and several historical attractions around it. In the following, Advontura summarizes various choices of activities to enjoy the beauty of the lake and other selected tourist objects.

Bukit Cinta Rawa Pening Semarang

For those of you who want to enjoy the beauty of the lake from above, you can visit Bukit Cinta Rawa Pening. Bukit Cinta Rawa Pening is to the south of the lake or to be more precise it is in the Banyu Biru sub-district area.

It is highly recommended for those of you who have a hobby of photography to visit here. Especially in the afternoon when the sun starts to go down behind the hill. In addition, you can use some of the available photo spots or just sit and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Relax Enjoying the Lake

For those of you who don’t want to bother going up to the hill and prefer to sit back and relax, don’t worry because there are many pavilions and gardens that you can enjoy around the lake.

Tour the Lake by Boat

Going around the lake by boat is the choice of many people who visit here. Besides being able to explore and see the beauty of the lake further, visitors can also see and chat directly with the villagers who are doing their activities. Starting from fishing, collecting water hyacinth, and so on.

To get on the boat, you can pay IDR 80,000.00 for a maximum of six people for about forty-five minutes.

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Rawa Pening Tourism Village

Kampung Wisata Rawa Pening is an association created by the local community to promote their area and help the economic system.

There are many things you can do here, from eating at floating restaurants, fishing, to learning crafts at the water hyacinth handicraft center.

There are also several other rides that both children and adults can try such as rubber boats, mini rickshaws, ATVs, and water ducks.

If Advontura’s friends want to ride a water duck, then you need IDR 15,000 to go around for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, the fare for playing ATV is Rp. 30,000.00 for 15 minutes as well.

Palagan Ambarawa Monument

Palagan Ambarawa Monument is evidence of the remnants of the battle for the independence of the Indonesian nation. This place was also the location for the film “Soekarno”.

Some of the relics that can be seen are cannons, trains, Dutch trucks and a Dutch Mustang plane that crashed into the lake after being shot by the heroes. So, to enter the Palagan Ambaraw Monument, you need to pay tthe entrance ticket is IDR 5,000.00 per person.

Rawa Pening Semarang Entrance Ticket

According to government regulations, the ticket price for entering Rawa Pening during weekdays is IDR 10,000.00 while during holidays or weekends it is IDR 15,000.00.

Meanwhile, the parking fee is divided into two according to the type of vehicle. Motorcycles are IDR 2,0000.00 and private cars are IDR 5,000.00. Still affordable, right?

The following holiday destinations are open from 8am to 9pm. However, due to the pandemic, this tourist spot is holding a trial opening hours from 7 am to 4 pm.

Location of Rawa Pening Semarang

The location of Rawa Pening Semarang is located at Kilometer 3 South Ring Road, Ambarawa District, Semarang Regency, Central Java Province. If you walk from the city of Semarang, you have to travel 40.6 km or about 46 minutes. Even though it’s far, the road access is good and comfortable to pass.

Rawa Pening Hotel

For those of you who want to stay around the lake, Advontura has several hotel options that you can visit, including Paradijs van Java, Banaran 9 Resort Hotel, Tlogo Resort & Goa Gong View, and Griya Wijaya Hotel.

For the price range, you can prepare a fee starting from Rp. 200,000.00 to Rp. 400,000.00 for two adults for one night.

Thus the discussion on Lake Rawa Pening Semarang this time, I hope the above article is useful for Andvontura friends who are looking for it tourist destinations around Semarang, Central Java. See you in the discussion of other interesting destinations!

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