A tiny district called Lasem, located in Central Java’s Rembang regency, is the unlikely home to a number of rich cultural and historical heritages.
Civilizations from different eras – ranging from the pre-historic to the Majapahit kingdom, the Pajang and Demak Sultanate and the Dutch Colonials- have shaped the complex and colorful history of Central Java’s Lasem district.
One of the tangible forms of heritage to be found here is in the deteriorating old buildings. Many of the district’s ancient houses are influenced by Chinese and Northern coast Javanese style.
Every corner of Lasem hides an intriguing story.
How to get to Lasem
Lasem can be reached by bus or car from the Ahmad Yani airport in Semarang. This journey will likely pass through the cities of Demak, Kudus, Pati and Rembang. The journey time is approximately three hours providing there is no traffic congestion.
Where to sleep in Lasem
There is only one very modest hotel with minimum facilities in Lasem with rooms ranging from Rp 45,000 to Rp 200,000 a night. Those wanting better accommodation can stay in Pati or Kudus, but they are relatively far from Lasem.