Lawang Sewu Building
Lawang Sewu Building
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nuningloft
Karawang, Indonesia1,365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Thousand doors in english meaning. But actually i never count it. There’s an old ancient locomotive in front of this building, but since the past this building also related with the Indonesian railways. Some area was display many things related to the Indonesian railways.
In holiday some live keroncong music also in the yard to make more attractions for the visitors.
Written 6 August 2022
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand3,850 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
This historical buiding is transformed into museum but theexhibition is less interesting than building itself; stained glasses wingdow at the main buiding at front at Tugu muda semarang is highlight. Exhibition about train in indonesia need improvement to attract visitors. There is also music performance at the backyard on weekend evening, extended operating hours to 20:00pm
Written 28 August 2022
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Lily
Jakarta, Indonesia141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Museum that says it has 1000 doors inside. To be said this is a museum, it's not giving us too much information. It only gives us lot of empty spaces that may be good for you to take any pictures.

But as a museum lovers, I don't think this is a good historical museum.
Written 14 December 2020
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Stefanus Wijaya
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
This place previously known as haunted house, but now already renovated and become public space and museum by Indonesian Railways Company (KAI). It has exquisite exterior design, however inside this place not well maintaned and quite empty for museum. Hopefully there will be improvement in the future.
Written 17 February 2020
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G2Kpauly
Melbourne, Australia3,455 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I thought I better go in here and have a look around. It's a lovely old railway office building. It's not that exciting as I had no information about the place I was just walking around taking photos. Some English speaking guides would make it better.
Written 2 February 2023
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Wendy Angel
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Lawang Sewu literally means Thousand Doors is a landmark in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. It was built as the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies Railway Company.

The colonial era building is famous as a haunted house.
Written 12 January 2020
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Volson H
Jakarta, Indonesia114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
One of the historical landmark full with a horror story.
Right in front of the Building is Alun2 Simpang Lima Semarang.

It's fully upgraded, now they fill up the room with Gift Stores and Studio for pictures!

The Parking next to the building is 10k from the local Pungli.

Written 4 February 2022
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c c
Jakarta, Indonesia55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
They are open till 5pm with security protocol in front of the ticket office. In the corona pandemic, they only opened in a few areas. Cleanliness is a major issue at Lawang Sewu, and the worst part is the large number of promotional stalls on the front yard, blocking the view. It would be nice if the building management considered this issue. Don't let money or sponsors ruin the beautiful view of Lawang Sewu.
Written 22 August 2020
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rm1003
Manchester, UK1,245 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
The name Lawang Sewu is from Javanese, it means "Thousand Doors". The name comes from its design, with numerous doors and arcs although clearly it does not add up to a thousand doors. There is a lot of history to this building.

This Dutch colonial building was built in 1863. Lawang Sewu was designed by C. Citroen, from the firm of J.F. Klinkhamer and B.J. Quendag. This building based in Semarang was originally built for and used as the headquarters of the Dutch Railway Administration offices. The complex consists of several buildings, two main ones named A and B and two smaller ones named C and D, on Pemuda Street.

After the Japanese invaded Indonesia in 1942, the Japanese army took over Lawang Sewu. The basement of building B was turned into a prison, with many executions taking place there and where the Japanese cruelly tortured local Dutch & local civilians & soldiers.

The building Lawang Sewu has many floors, including small basement compartments that was originally meant to hold water that would keep the building cool - before air-conditioning. During the war Dutch & local prisoners were kept in these small basement compartments which is not more than 60 centimetres tall. The Dutch prisoners were meant to sit or squat in the vats until the Japanese were ready for their interrogation.

As a result Lawang Sewu is said to be haunted, with many tourists who believe in ghosts leaving this attraction off their travel itinerary.

The buildings are in bad shape and building A is closed off to the general public for renovations. The building is suffering from years of neglect and has terrible dilapidation, however there are parts of the building that survive and give hints at its former, undoubted glory. All the fixtures and fittings besides for one sink from Scotland have been totally plundered over the years. What a massive shame!

The building has a huge roof space entrance up an old staircase and at the rear of the roof they have lots of bats flying freely.

Entry is 10,000 Rp for adults, 5,000 per child. A guide/translator costs 30,000 Rp. Later on during the tour when I gets to the entrance to the basement I had to pay again more money to go down into the basement, and more money again if I wanted to use their boots and torch. One really does needs their torch due to the poor lighting and most of the basement is not lit at all. Boots are required due to the water level in the basement.

I paid the entry fee for myself and my local friend plus I paid for a translator which I was told was very necessary as all the exhibits are in Bahasa. Unfortunately it turned out the translator did not know any English at all, in fact he only knew Bahasa so I was off to a bad start. I had to get my Indonesian friend to translate. In addition to this the guide/translator was not really motivated or bothered to explain what he we were seeing. He seemed to have zero enthusiasm for the job he was doing. At the end he asked us straight out for a tip which I thought was downright rude especially given his bad service. Due to all this I feel the place is not geared up to foreign tourists. It could be an amazing tourist attraction if the place was fully renovated throughout, exhibits in English, employ guides who know the place and have enthusiasm for their job, & translators that actually know English. Until such a time give this place a skip.
Written 27 November 2013
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Ayu_and_Steve
Jakarta, Indonesia66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
This was used to be as a Dutch railway office. Then after the Japanese occupation, the indonesia's government changed it to Indonesia government. People said that the building is haunted. but we did not get to see anything scary.
Written 23 September 2016
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