Semarang is well-known for its many tourism destinations, one of which is the Semarang Old Town.
One of this oldest tourism destinations offers historical tourism for local people and foreign tourists. Here, you can find the historical relationship between Indonesia and the Netherlands in the form of heritage buildings.

In addition, many MSMEs are involved in encouraging the economy in the tourism sector.

Including Bengok Craft.  This MSME from Semarang Regency, Central Java, opened a branch at Sentiling Market around Kota Lama. Bengok Craft provides best-curated handicraft products made from water hyacinth. The products ranges from fashion, accessories, home-decor, and mamy others. Even, Bengok Craft also creates unique products that won’t be available in other markets, including cellphone case, prayer mat, and helmet and indeed they are 100% natural from its weed plant.

Anyway, Sentiling Market is usually held once a year at the Semarang Old Town Festival.

However, in 2022, the name Sentiling Market will be permanently designated as the name of the souvenir center in Semarang Old Town, to be precise on the 2nd floor of the Oud En Nieuw Building, Toko Oen.

Tania Hermawan, as Sentiling Market Supervisor said that Sentiling Market is taken from an event in 1914 called Tentoonstelling.

Tania explained more clearly, Tentoonstelling is a World Expo exhibition held by the Dutch East Indies to celebrate 100 years of the independence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from French rule.

At that time, Tentoonstelling was conceptualized like a night market and the surrounding exhibitions.

“Because the people of Semarang have Javanese tongues, the pronunciation is Sentiling,” said Tania.

The presence of Bengok Craft in the sentiling market is because the main purpose of the establishment of Sentiling Market is to fully support the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Semarang City and its surroundings.

Remember to visit Bengok Craft while enjoying a tour in Semarang Old City. We look forward to welcoming you.

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