|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))
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|
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.
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.