Friday, March 30, 2007
Lawang Sewu, a short distance from Simpang Lima, Semarang, Indonesia is one of the city landmark. Lawang Sewu or in English known as thousand doors has a long history. The architects was Jacob Klinkhamer and BJ Queendag. Currently the function changed into Indonesian Railway Office. After second aggression of the Dutch the building then became a military headquarter of the military district of Central Java. During the Second World War, in 5 days battle of Semarang, this building became a base camp of Indonesian heroic in fighting against Japanese.
This building had underground prisons, underground tunnels, and of course many-many doors. Visitors can get confused to find the way out after pass the entrance of the building since so many doors with a similar shape.