Lawang Sewu

2007-07-03

Lawang Sewu Semarang



Gedung Lawang Sewu in the beginning this building was the central office of Nederlandsch Indishe Spoorweg Naatschappij or used to be called NIS. its Dutch train company.

The magnificent building is styled in art deco and obtains an exclusive feature. Art Deco style was developed from 1850 to 1940 in Europe. The local people call this building Gedung Lawang Sewu because this building has a specific characteristic which posesses many doors, "lawang" in Javanese means a door, while "sewu" means a thousand. So lawang sewu analogically describes the numerous doors this building have; despite the fact that they re not exactly a thousand.

Its not difficult to reach this location, because its close to Tugu Muda Monument at the corner of the city. Gedung Lawang Sewu is a monumental as well as gorgeous building and the design concept follows the principle of curve architecture that apply Gothics twin tower on the left and right side of the main gate.

Further more this building stretches lenghtwise that makes it looks firm, huge and beautiful. According to the history this ancient building was built in 1903 and officially finished on 1st July 1907
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