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A Great Architectural Achievement – Lawang Sewu

Submitted by Agustian Hermanto on November 3, 2009 – 2:24 am Comments

In my previous article titled Exploring the Thousand Doors, I shared how Lawang Sewu has become a popular place to get your adrenaline going and your “bulu kuduk” or goosebumps shivering. However, that is not all the exciting experience you will be getting when you visit Lawang Sewu.

Built in 1903 by Dutch architects, Prof. Jacob F. Klinkhamer and B.J Queendag, Lawang Sewu has become a famous landmark among architectural lovers. Locals call this building Lawang Sewu which means a thousand doors because of the many rooms and windows this building has. When you stroll through Lawang Sewu and really pay attention to the architectural magnificence, you will see that Lawang Sewu is built with precision details.

For instance, the doors of Lawang Sewu are lined up as a straight line as if you’re in a train (Remember, Lawang Sewu is originally built as the head office for the Dutch train company). Beautiful mosaics greet you as you walk into the building and up the stairs. At certain times during the day, sunlight enters the building through the mosaics and creates a vibrant color display. Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam are all depicted in the glass.

There are many more architectural wonders at Lawang Sewu, such as the winding stairs, the great function hall and the complex underground tunnel system. Visit Lawang Sewu and you are going to be awed by its magnificence. It is not a frightening place after all (during the day, of course).

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  • Hi Juhandiraso,
    Thanks for your comment and you're welcome! Lawang Sewu is quite a wonderful place to visit actually and I do agree it is a great photography object.
  • juhandiraso
    Been hearing a lot about this scary place. Wanna go there some day, it's also an interesting photography object. Thanks for sharing.
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