Lawang Sewu is a building in Semarang, Central Java, which is the office of the Nederlandsch Indishe Spoorweg Naatschappij or NIS. Built in 1903 and completed in 1907. Located at the roundabout Tugu Muda Semarang who once called Wilhelmina Plein.
Local communities called Lawang Sewu (Thousand Door). This is because the building has a lot of doors (in fact the door was not until a thousand, maybe also because the window of the building height and width, the public also regard it as the door).
Ancient buildings and magnificent two-story after independence is used as a Railway Division office of Indonesia (DKARI) or the current PT Kereta Api Indonesia. Also been used as an Infrastructure Agency Regional Military Command (Kodam IV / Diponegoro) and the Regional Office (Regional Office) Department of Transportation Central Java. During the struggle this building has its own historical record of events during a five-day battle in Semarang (14 October to 19 October 1945) in this old building into a great location of the battle between youth Youth AMKA or against Railway Kempetai and Kidobutai, Japan. Thus Semarang City Government Mayor and SK 650/50/1992, Lawang Sewu included as one of 102 ancient or historic buildings in the city of Semarang is worth being protected. exoticism of ancient buildings which served proved to be confirmed Lawang Sewu as the number one tourist area.
Currently building a 100-year-old was empty and the infamous haunted buildings and spooky. Occasionally used as a place of exhibition, including Semarang Expo.Pernah Tourism Expo and there is also a discourse that wants to turn it into hotel.Pada in 2007, this building was also used for the film of the same name with the building.
Stand firm and precise in the region haunted Tugu Muda Semarang city center, Lawang Sewu over the last few years it's led to many pros and cons, especially regarding aspects of its use.
Towards the reform era, in which the New Order government forces are still strong grip, Lawang Sewu building could be purchased rumored Cendana family and will be transformed into a five-star hotel. Why tourists lately so curious and have a strong desire to see Lawang Sewu close? One reason, said the building's unique architecture is the magical power to save a thousand ghosts.
It's understandable, because during the war first, involving the Railway Youth (the youth Semarang) against the armies of Japan Buati Kido, Lawang Sewu building becomes a torture and massacres. It is not clear how many lives have been floated, but the number certainly in the thousands.
There is a basement used as a reservoir to maintain stable temperature. However, this space has been shifted as a function of the massacre at the time of war. There are two types of places for the massacre. The pertamama, prison stood. That is a room with 1x1 meters wide with the number of 14 spaces. Each room is filled more than 5 prisoners. And the second, prison squats. 2x2 meters width height 1 meter. Shaped like a bathtub. Prisoners are put into the bathtub filled with water and then it closed. Locked up for 5-6 days without food and drink. After a prisoner dies, his corpse was issued through the emergency door and then disposed of the river a distance of 5 meters from the emergency door.
So many victims who were massacred at the time, Lawang Sewu now also earned the nickname as a horror tourism. Tense and exciting. Dozens of psychics from all over the country even had a chance to make this place as a ghost hunting field.
Semarang City Government has entered Lawang Sewu as one of 102 ancient or historic buildings that must be protected. Exact rules morphological architecture of the building corner, a beautiful Lawang Sewu has ghotic model of the twin towers located on the right and left of the main gate. Model building that extends back more impressive solidity, grandeur, and beauty.
From the historical record, Lawang Sewu which is always packed with tourists on the holiday season, first built in 1903 and inaugurated pengunaannya on July 1, 1907. Lawang Sewu antiquity were no less interesting than the church Belenduk so phenomenal and stands firmly in the Old City area of Semarang.