Historical Place #4: Lawang Sewu Semarang

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Lawang Sewu is a famous Indonesia tourism. Lawang Sewu is located in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia on Pemuda Street. Lawang sewu visited by local tourists and foreign tourists. They are very praising the architecture. Lawang Sewu was designed by C. Citroen, from the firm of J.F. Klinkhamer and B.J. Quendag. Construction began in 1904 with A building, which was completed in 1907. The rest of the complex was finished in 1919. It was initially used by the Nederlandsch Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij, the first railway company in the Dutch East Indies. By the way, the name Lawang Sewu is from Javanese, and  it means "Thousand Doors". The name comes from its design, with numerous doors and arcs. The building has about 600 large windows.
Lawang sewu is one of the cultural heritage objects heritage is protected by law about heritage. Because, lawang sewu supposed to have a significant contribution to building character of the society. Therefore, the lawang sewu must be preserved. 
General Information about Lawang Sewu
General information
Address Pemuda Street
Town or city Semarang
Country Indonesia
Coordinates 6°59′2.13″S 110°24′38.28″E
Groundbreaking 1904
Completed 1919
Opening 1907
Owner PT Kereta Api
Technical details
Floor count 3
Design and construction
Architect C. Citroen
Architecture firm J.F. Klinkhamer and B.J. Quendag
The complex consists of several buildings, two main ones named A and B and two smaller ones named C and D, on Pemuda Street. The l-shaped A building faces the Tugu Muda roundabout. There are two identical towers on A building, which were originally used to store water, each with a capacity of 7,000 litres (1,800 US gal). The building features large stained-glass windows and a grand staircase in the center. There was also once an underground tunnel connecting A building to several other sites in the city, including the governor's mansion and the harbour. The B building is located behind A building. It is three stories in height, with the first two floors consisting of offices and the third holding a ballroom. The building, with high, large windows, also has a basement floor that is kept partially flooded to serve to cool the building through evaporation. In front of A building stands a monument to five employees killed during the Indonesian War of Independence.
Some activities in lawang sewu
The community, especially in semarang, using lawang sewu for various activities. For example, the students from universities in semarang use them to commemoration of struggle for the heroes. They visited as well as studying design Dutch building. Besides that, the people in lawang sewu as a vehicle recreation instructive for the students school. Lawang sewu is also very potential for shooting location to make a film. Especially film that took setting background in the Dutch colonization in Indonesia. In addition, can also be used for shooting location that genre horror movie. Because, according to local communities, Lawang Sewu sometimes is a place which is frightening. A time, one can find a ghost in there. Therefore, lawang sewu sometimes as a place to hunt for a ghost town for a television programs. []

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