Prince Made Pandan Arang was attempted to build a settlement after finishing his missionary in Tirang, Amper, He went down to the coastal area with some of his followers, searching for perfect place. They were searching for days, until finally they found a place called Bubakan. It was considered to be a comfortable settlement, since it was located by the river bank.
As timegoes by, that small settlement was getting crowded. It grows form a small settlement to a village, sub district and finally becomes a harbor city called Semarang.
In may 2, 1547 Prince Made Pandan Arang, or more well known as Ki Ageng Pandan Arang was declared as the very first Regent of Semarang by Sultan Hadiwijaya. He succeeds in bringing wealth for his masses. Ki Ageng Pandan Arang was rested in Mugas when he died. His resting place is loceted in the top of the hill which put up together with Mosque building.
Semarang region was ocean far before it evolves into a crowded port. The coast line was located under food hills. As the result of rivers sedimentation, this region slowly becomes maindland. In Pre-Islamic era, Semarang was uninhabited. The region was only a borderline which is seperated to major Kingdoms, Majapahit and Pajajaran. The Watu Tugu Sute in Tugurejo, sub district Tugu becomes the evidence of it.
In the next period, many foreigners come into Semarang. One of them was a group form Ming Dinasty with Admiral Cheng Ho as the leader. The legend of Admiral Cheng Ho is belived among the Chinese community in Semarang, al tough it is not supported by strong historical fact. The greatness role of Admiral Cheng Ho is depicted in Sam Poo Kong Tample in Gedung Batu Area.
The rebellion of Tionghoa community in Batavia 1470 which is followed by political coalition with Mas Garendi arousing traumatic effect to Colonial Government. As the result, the Colonial Government estabilished some regulation. One of the remarkable rules was wijkenstelsel that is to say concentrating Tionghoa communities in certain area so that more manageable.
In Semarang, the Tionghoa community who originaly settled at Gedung Batu was moved to Pecinan Area. The forest area slowly evolves into residential area. Houses and supporting building were built. Temples were built incredible Tiongkok architectures. One the well known temples is Tay Kak Sie which is loceted in Lombok Alley. This temple was build in 1746 to praise Kwan Im Goddes and now become the most important landmark in Pecinan Semarang.
The city grows along with the Semarang River stream. Even though the stream is not too wide and deep, in the past, the river played and important role, especially in the economic area. Ships were come and go carrying luggage, from the port to the hinterland, and vice versa.