Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Schouwburg Semarang, The Drama and Dance Theatre

Schouwburg of Semarang  taken in 1988 (source:
Well, now as I was told for you’re all, I’ll investigated the old Semarang city maps which I found it when I was visited the Dutch web sites ( that contained on this maps. Well, 2 days ago, while mostly moslem celebrate the Iedul Adha Celebration, me and my friends strolled around Semarang city to know more the current condition of the places that depicted on that maps. Then, the map has bring us to the ruins on the outskirt of the old city areas on the north of Semarang. Well, its looks terrible nowadays, but this building such as the building which have great historical value. The name of this building was Schouwburg . Schouwburg means drama theater, so this building in the past used as the place to performed music, dance, and drama performance.

Inside the Schouwburg building. (source:
The building approximately established on 1854. The building on that age was located on the Oosterwaal straat, then after the Schouwburg was established, the street names was changed into Komidie Straat, nowadays the name of the street is Cendrawasih street. The location, is just near the Tawang Station or Polder areas. The Building interior its like an ordinary drama theatre building on Europe. It has curve-seat formation which able to contained approximately 300 viewers every show. The Building was faced into 2 sides, to the north and to the west. Nowadays, the north sides was already disappeared. Only the west sides still consist nowadays.

The Schouwburg condition on 2007
Schouwburg has a important role to the advantages of the entertainment world on Semarang. Or maybe, the song of Gambang Semarang, firstly performed on this building? Dont know exactly. Even there's a lot of people said that the famous woman spy during  World War I, Margaretha Gertruida Zelle a.k.a Matahari ever performed her dance here. Well, just for the information, Matahari have stayed in Indonesia from 1897-1902, followed her husband whom worked in Indonesia.

Tragically, after the independence of Indonesia, the building was never used as a drama theatre anymore. The building become abandoned then used by Empat Lima Foundation. Nowadays, the building condition is so terrible. The shape of the building is cant be seen anymore. The Building become ruins with bushes growth around it. What a pity!

Friday, December 14, 2007

A Guidance to Become Such An Amateur Detective

Hello World!

First all i'd like to say thank's to

Because of what?Because of this site, i could found the oldest (i thought ) maps of semarang city which is describes the condition of Semarang city on the colonialization era perfectly. It's very usefull for us, especially for them who want to know more about history.

Talking about the maps, the maps gives us a lot of information such as the famous places at that time even the name of the street. The condition is not too far different from the nowadays condition.

For example, the Bodjong road on that moment is already exist. Along the Bodjong rd, we can see on the mapa that there is a tram tracks along the street. But, sometimes, we couldn't found some sites. Simpang Lima squares? of course there is no Simpang Lima square drawed on the maps. The main road in Semarang like Jalan Pahlawan? I couldnt found it here. But whatever is it, its enough to be a guidance to trace back several historical places in Semarang.

Want to see more, visit and it will brings u a lot of information abut the history of Semarang

Just waiting for my my journey report here fellas ;)
Tot Ziens!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Douwes Dekker was lived for a hundred year's?

Max Havelarr, a astirical book, criticized about the colonial government of Nederlandsh-Indie 
regulation over the indigenous people, written by Multatuli, a pseudonym name of Eduard Douwes Dekker
(source: Troopenmuseum)
Hello World!
Long time no see!

Well, as we know on this month, at 10th of November, all of Indonesian citizen celebrate’s the National Patriotic Day, to memorize the heroic action of “Arek- arek Suroboyo” ( Surabaya people) who struggle against Allied force who helped the Dutch troops who want’s back to colonize Indonesia. As I know from my history book, at least a thousand of Arek-arek Suroboyo was killed.

Still discussing about a patriot, a week ago when I studied history in my class, I get confussed with the content. Why, because when I read about the rise of nation chapter, I found that a national heroes figure’s Douwes Dekker was live for 110 year’s! Wow…amazing wasn’t it? But my logic tell’s different, couldn’t Douwes Dekker live for 110 year’s? Or there’s a same figure which named Douwes Dekker? Let’s figure out!

The investigation begin’s from my another historical book which avaible in my house. I got nothing from there, then Bingo….!When I searched it on the Indonesian Encyclopedia book, I’ve found it. Apparantelly, the Douwes Dekker who composed the Max Havelaar book with Douwes Dekker who established Indische Partij on 1917. The full name of the Douwes Dekker which composed Max Havelaar is Eduard Douwes Dekker. But, the another one is Ernest Francois Douwes Dekker, later we known him as Dr.Setiabudi. Between them there’s still any blood relationship.

Ernest Francois Douwes Dekker,
or known as dr.Setiabudi
(source: Troopenmuseum)
The Eduard Douwes Dekker or Multatuli (latin: I’ve so much suffer’s) during his life is a resident on Kedu Residency, and officed on Purworejo  since 1848. Then he moved to Manado on 1856, and the last, he moved to Lebak, Banten. Over there he saw an unfairness policy from the Dutch government to the native villager, especially on it’s forced labor policy. It makes him to decided for retired from the government field, and go back to his homeland, Dutch. Then, he wrote Max Havelaar which tell’s about the Indonesian people who sufferer’s for colonization. Later, it makes the liberal side on Dutch parlementary proposed the etic politic to Indonesian people which concern on 3 important field, Education, Irrigation and Imigration.

Then the others "Douwes Dekker" was, Ernest Francois Douwes Dekker or Dr. Setiabudi who was born on Pasuruan, at October 8th 1879. He's belongs to great grand son of Multatuli. He've become a soldier on British-Boer War on South Africe. As Dutch was lose from the war, Douwes Dekker become a prison-at-war, and shipped to Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Back to Indonesia and become a reporter. He wrote a lot of article’s about Indonesia independency. It make’s the Dutch government dislike to him. Later on 191, together with Dr.Cipto and Suwardi Suryaningrat, established the Indische Partij, the first political pary in Indonesia. The Dutch government infuriated, then sent them three to the prison. But later, Douwes Dekker sent to Suriname to prevented his political activity. After Indonesia gained their independency, Douwes Dekker back to Indonesia and changed his name become Dr.Setiabudi. He also actived on Indonesian political role as the National Ministry of Indonesia on 1947.

Well, tha’s the profile both of Douwes Dekker. So, my advice to the history book publisher, please wrote it’s figure name in full name so the student wouldn’t get confused when they learn history. ;)

The construction of Dam in Ciujung river, near Pamarajan, West Java.
The colonial government boost the number of dam built, after the etic
 together with the immproving immigration and education sector.
(source: Troopenmuseum, circa 1915-1926)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Rise of South Asian Nation

Hello World,

How about your Iedul Fitri vacation?

Is it great, don’t you?

Yeah, yeah…. every Moslem must be happy every Iedul Fitri are getting close. But now, the whole Moslem in the world must be happy cause, on this year, the first Moslem astronaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor enters space. What a great events it is? Shukor had flew to space with the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He is not alone, he’s flew to space with the ISS Expedition-16 commander, U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson, and a Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malechenko. The spacecraft had been launched from the Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Kazakh steppe on 5:22 p.m Moscow time. Shukor is the first Moslem to fly into space during the holy month of Ramadhan. (Did he doing fasting over there? He he he………..)

Shukor not only make his motherland, Malaysia become pride. He also give a inspiration to the others especially Southeast Asian nation about how hard we must to tried to reach our dream. I’ve read from The Jakarta Post that Shukor gained his opportunity to become an astronauts is not easy, he must had selected from 11.000 candidates, wow… that’s not such a small number don’t you?

Well, hopefully, there will be more Moslem astronauts who enters the space. Let’s we bringin’ back the Moslem advantegous in the past, where the brilliant Moslem are countable in scientific world.

But, outside all…I put my trust on the physic’s expert in Indonesia to become the next Shukor. Why ? Because on Indonesia, the physic’s expert almost every year’s gained an achievement on Internasional Physic’s Competition. So, could the Indonesian physic’s expert reach the space? Hopefully………Amien

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Lawang Sewu, De Voormalig NIS Kantooren

The Office of  Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij (NIS) or known as Lawang Sewu as it appears on 1930 and a medallion with the logo of NIS, issued as the NIS 50th anniversary on 1913.
(Source: Leiden University Library (photos)| devrieze (medallion)) 
Hello World,

Now I’m gonna discuss about my beloved city heritage that is Lawang Sewu. But, not only Lawang Sewu were belong as the heritage building of my city, because here in Semarang, we have a lot of historical place such as Masjid Kampung Layur, Tay Kak Sie Temple, Gereja Blenduk, The Staadsschowburg Building, and many more.

Lawang Sewu from the backyard in 2007
But many of that historical object has not gain a serious attention from the people of Semarang, even some parts of its Old City were torned down to rebuild a new building on there. And now as a young generation, we must keep they as good as possible, at least we must known about the building then preserve them. Thats why, I choosed to visit the Lawang Sewu to gain an information about the one’s of the historical landmark of Semarang.

Unluckily, There’s a lot of young people at Semarang don’t know understand about this historical sites. Even they just know from the mystical and horor sides of them, the Lawang Sewu especialy who "suffering" for being the ghost-seeker destination for a long time. Anyway, the history of Lawang Sewu begin when The Steam train had been developed quickly at 19th Century.To Answer the modernization challenge, The government of East Indie had build a railroad beetwen Semarang – Tanggung. And to organized this, the government established the Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Mattschapijj or NIS.

The Lawang Sewu as it appears from Bodjong street. There
was a city tram passed in the north side of it formerly.
(source: Tropensumeum)
At the year 1903, The NIS wanna build an office for their company ,the Dutch Architect, Klinkkaner and Quendag was honorable to design this building. Before start to build the land area had digged about 4 metre. after that heaped with volcanic sand which is taken from Merapi Mount. First foundation made at 27 Februari 1904 with heavy concrete construction and above it covered by a wall from stone cleave. All important material conducived from Europe, except brick, petrify mount, and teak. With the mixed of Gothique and Art Nouveau style with influence of Hendrik Petrus Berlage,  this building is unique than the ordinary European buildings at Semarang. The Architect also add a relocation pool for the Rob (sea water intrussion phenomenon) at the basement of the building .It also being the condensation system to keep the building temperate cool. Formally, the NIS Building opened at June,1st 1907. The building faced Wilhelmina Park, a beautiful recreational area. In front of the building, a city tram on the Bulu to Jurnatan route used to pass. The tram tracks was still there until the 1980s, but now, there is no sign of them as the road has been leveled and covered over with asphalt .

So guys, If we perceive deeper, lawang sewu not merely a ghostlike building fulfilled by mystical phenomenon. But, so much luxurious value of history which consisted inside. From its thoughness and its structure which remain to be sturdy up until nowadays although renovated rarely, making many people marveled. Then the Lawang sewu building is also had been an eyewitness of the development of our city, so we must keep it well-preserved.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

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