Lawang Sewu, the story behind an old building Is it really spooky?

1708 – Lawang Sewu Semarang is an old historic building from Holland. The building used by the Dutch government as the center of a railway company has now become one of the favorite tourist attractions in Semarang.

The name Lawang Sewu comes from the Javanese language with the word "mace"That means the door and"Sewu& # 39; That means a thousand, that's the term Lawang Sewu means building with thousands of doors. The number of doors does not actually reach a thousand (based on data, there are 342 doors), but because there are so many, local people call it a thousand doors.

When re-examined, the door was not a clean door, but a window. Since the shape of the window is very wide, many people think it is a door.

Lawang Sewu was a silent witness to the Indonesian Pahwalan struggle against the Dutch colonialists

Lawang Sewu Semarang Photos

Lawang Sewu Semarang

This tourist spot is almost always one of the must-visit destinations for tourists visiting Semarang. A unique old building with a typical Dutch design, making this building very suitable for a photographic background. No wonder this place is often used as a place pre-wedding by people who want to go to the altar.

History of Lawang Sewu Semarang

The history of railways in Indonesia has never been separated from the history of Lawang Sewu Semarang. Lawang Sewu was first built in 1904 and this building was the office of the Dutch Railway Company (NIS) when the line between Solo and Yogyakarta was constructed. The construction of this building took a long time, from 1904 to 1907. When Lawang Sewu Semarang was built, two Dutch architects were Prof. dr. Jacob F. Klinkhamer and Bj. Queen's Day.

Lawang Sewu long ago

Lawang Sewu Tempo

At the start of construction, the first buildings to be built were a printing house and a guard house. After that, it continued to grow around 1916 to 1918 by increasing the number of buildings and rooms.

This old building witnessed the battle between the Railway Youth Forces (AMKA) against the Japanese invaders. The battle broke out because the AMKA youth wanted to take over the train. At least dozens of young people died in this battle and are buried in the building's courtyard. But now the bodies of the youngsters had been transferred to the Heroes Cemetery.

Now this old building is used as the PJKA train office.

Lawang Sewu Semarang, Night

So, what do you think of this overnight degeneration? Could it be that scary? Ah, not really. Many tourists come to this place at night, many even on purpose "to hunt " a picture. This building has undergone many renovations, there is a lot of light in every corner of the building. So this building doesn't look scary at night. Following are some photos of Lawang Sewu at night in Semarang;

Lawang Sewu evening

Lawang Sewu evening

Lawang Sewu night photo

Lawang Sewu evening

Is Lawang Sewu really awful?

The mystical story about Lawang Sewu Semarang is widely circulated in the community, especially the people of Semarang. Another version of the mystical Lawang Sewu story starts from a creepy dungeon and then there are others that claim that some places in Lawang Sewu are home to aliens, whether true or not, as there is no authentic evidence of this mystical stories. But the mystical story that took place in this old building was lived not only by one or two people, but also by many people who had experienced strange events in this place.

According to the circulating problems, in almost all parts of this building there are guards of different kinds of beautiful creatures, such as ghosts in the form of Dutch soldiers, Nonik Holland, Gondoruwo, Kuntilanak, etc. The most famous haunted rooms of this old building are Nah, the squat prison , the corridors, the standing prison and the torture chamber. There are the most common observations of astral beings.

The Prison Standing Room was used as a place to hold prisoners. The prisoners were taken to that place by penetrating and very tragically not even a few died on the spot.

The squat prison has the same function, which is to lock up prisoners, but the difference with the standing prison is that the squat prison is a very narrow detention room, where the height of this room is only 1.5 m (one and a half meters). Can you imagine how much suffering the prisoner was brought into this room at that time?

Lawang Sewu Prison

Prison Squat

These stories serve as the backdrop for the frequent apparitions that appear in this building.

Lawang Sewu Semarang After being restored

Lawang Sewu building is quite old so some parts of this building need to be renovated. However, the renovation process has been done as much as possible in order not to lose the original character of this building. Restoration / restoration is the process of revitalizing (purifying) goods / objects in their original form. Lawang Sewu has undergone a restoration carried out by the administrator. This haunted building is currently managed by PT Kereta Api Indonesia. This restoration was done by painting the walls and repairing worn out parts of the building. So while this building is very old and has a lot of tragic backstories, it is not what it used to be.

Now Lawang Sewu has undergone shape change, making it neater and making it one of the leading tourism in Semarang

After renovation works, the inauguration / opening of tourism is open to the public. On July 5, 2011, Lawang Sewu was officially approved as a tourist resort by First Lady Ani Bambang Yudhoyono, who at the time was still SBY as President of the Republic of Indonesia.

The following is the shape of Lawang Sewu Semarang, after being restored;

Lawang Sewu After getting fit

Lawang Sewu after recovery

Lawang Sewu location

The location of Lawang Sewu is to the east of Tugu Muda Semarang, exactly at the meeting point between Jl. Pandanaran and Jl. The young man.

The route to the location is very simple, you can use your own vehicles or public transport. You can go to Simpang Lima and pass this building.

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Ticket prices for Lawang Sewu Semarang

Entrance fees to this historic building are very pocket friendly and follow completely.

  • Adult: Rp. 10,000
  • Children / students: Rp. 5000
  • Enter the basement: extra fee of Rp. 30,000

Lawang Sewu Semarang Opening hours

This tour is open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

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