Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lawang Sewu Semarang

Lawang Sewu become one of the most talked about city of Semarang. Not unique in name only, sometimes for some people there who associate with the mystical. Whatever it is, Lawang Sewu is a historic building, many times become operational offices of government agencies, and has now become one of the favorite tourist destinations in Semarang.
Lawang Sewu Semarang
Lawang Sewu Semarang
Lawang Sewu is derived from the vocabulary of the Java language. Lawang Sewu is a door and a thousand. Yes, Lawang Sewu mean Thousand doors in Indonesian. Why a thousand? Is such sewu temple in Yogyakarta due to a thousand in number? Naming it Lawang Sewu is closely related to the design of the building itself. Due to the large door in the building so the past Semarang call Lawang Sewu which describes how much the door of a building.

Lawang Sewu is located in the central area of the city of Semarang, precisely on the east lau Tugu Muda. The building prominently located adjacent to the building and Pandanaran. Once when it was first built in 1904 AD, Lawang Sewu used as canto Nederlands-Indische Maatschappij Spoorweg (NIS). NIS commissioned Professor Jacob F. Klinkhamer from Delft technical high schools and BJ Ouendag an architect who is domiciled in Amsterdam.

The entire design process Lawang Sewu done in the Netherlands. Seeing blueprint Lawang Sewu writing that the site plan and building plans drawn Lawang Sewu in Amsterdam in 1903. Simultaneously with the completeness of his images, made ​​and signed in Amsterdam in 1903.

Number of doors of this building is not exactly a thousand pieces. Just because a lot of his trademark circuitry building doors and windows is called Lawang Sewu.
After the independence of the Republic of Indonesia, Lawang Sewu building used as an office Djawatan Repoeblik Indonesian Railways (DKARI) or now known as PT. Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI). Furthermore, penrah also be used by the military as an office Infrastructure Agency Regional Military Command (military command IV/Diponegoro). Ministry of Transportation had also regional offices ( offices ) it is based in Lawang Sewu.

Lawang Sewu is loaded with historical events leading up to independence from Dutch colonial RI. When that happens the battle in Semarang five days (October 14 to October 19 1945). This building was a silent witness to a great battle between the Young Generation Train (AMKA) against Kempeitai and Kidobutai, troops formed the Japanese invaders.
Today, the old building has undergone phase Lawang Sewu conservation and revitalization undertaken by units Preservation of historic objects PT. KAI Persero.

Semarang's history can not be separated or forgotten from the time when people stopped on the north coast of the Chinese mainland Semarang. Admiral Zheng He, a Chinese Muslim nomad who is believed to be the first to set Kakiya Chinese in Semarang. In Gang Lombok, one of the centers in Semarang's Chinatown where there are replica ships Admiral Zheng floated in the river.

Typical Lumpia Semarang

In addition to Admiral Cheng Ho's ship, in Gang Lombok is also recognized as the forerunner of the first times the typical food of Semarang, Lumpia, was introduced to the public. Gang Lombok became the headquarters of the seller Lumpia. Even for loyal travelers Semarang certainly familiar even already familiar with the shop owner spring rolls were very crowded even famous and many times covered by newspapers in Gang Lombok.

Lumpia Gang Lombok point in the already famous spring rolls are a favorite shop for souvenirs. Even the spring rolls are believed to be the provider of it still original. The spring rolls stalls managed for generations, which is now the third generation.
Lumpia Semarang is typical, there are two kinds, namely wet spring rolls and fried spring rolls. The spring rolls pleasures will be more complete if accompanied with lettuce, Semarang typical sauce is thick, and fresh chives (loncang).
That Semarang, sights and food alloys typically been famous all over the country. Semarang holidays, not complete if not to Lawang Sewu and carrying a fruit spring rolls hand.