Lawang Sewu, An Ancient Building One of the Icons of Semarang City Is No Longer Haunted

In some stories, Lawang Sewu, an old building in the city of Semarang, is described as a neglected haunted building. I was a little curious to also read the article, finally when I went to Semarang I went to the location which was said to be haunted. In fact after I got there, which happened to be nighttime (I came back the next day), this building was far from spooky or haunted. In fact, it’s amazing, the lights live in all the rooms even outside the building. I like the design of the lights that present a dim and warm atmosphere in the past.

Location Map

Lawang Sewu, which means one thousand doors is a historic building in Indonesia, located in Semarang City, Central Java. This building, formerly the office of the Nederlands-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij or NIS. Built in 1904 and completed in 1907. It is located in the Tugu Muda roundabout which was formerly called Wilhelminaplein. Local people call it Lawang Sewu because the building has a lot of doors, even though in reality, the number of doors does not reach one thousand. After the calculation was carried out at the time of the massive renovation, there were only 928 doors and windows. This building has many windows that are tall and wide, so people often think of it as a door (lawang).


NIS entrusted the design of the NIS head office building in Semarang to Prof. Jacob F. Klinkhamer (TH Delft) and B.J. Quendag, architect based in Amsterdam . The whole design process was carried out in the Netherlands, and then the pictures were taken to the city of Semarang. Looking at the Lawang Sewu blueprint it was written that the site plan and floor plan had been drawn in Amsterdam in 1903. Similarly, the complete working drawings were made and signed in Amsterdam in 1903.

In The Evening

Lawang Sewu Now
After the renovation was completed the building was made as a railway museum and operated by PT. KAI (Kereta Api Indonesia). To enter this building visitors are charged a ticket fee of IDR 10,000 for adults and IDR 5,000 for children. To enter the building you have to buy a ticket at the front door and then the officer is offered whether you want to be accompanied by a guide or not. If it comes busy, you should use a guide. Before entering the main building, the ticket gate is also modern with a scan system.

The Yard Inside The Complex

On working days Lawang Sewu is crowded with visitors, especially on holidays. Almost in all rooms you can take pictures and surely the photos are cool and really memorable. To surround the entire room in Lawang Sewu, you actually don’t need more than an hour, but you can spend hours there just to take pictures. Especially if you are really interested in learning about railroad history. Some locomitive replicas can be found in Lawang Sewu. Including a replica of the train station.


Through the rooms, the halls in this Lawang Sewu complex have their own sensations. Because you can feel the atmosphere of the past when the train was the main transportation in this country. So if anyone writes that the Lawang Sewu Building in Semarang is haunted and spooky it doesn’t need to believe. Because you can  go there over and over, at least for photographs. Anyway, this place is really recommended.