Lawang sewu or known as the thousand doors. one of the most haunted and spooky buildings in java. situated at semarang, the capital city of central java province. Serviced as function hall in 18th century by the dutch, then changed into tortured camp during japan invasion. and a heroic scene amongst young indonesians against conquerors made this building has changed into indonesian railway headquarter and the latest was served for indonesian army. This building is a very important place in Semarang and for many years tourists have been returning to Semarang only to have a glimpse of this amazing place here. The Lawang Sewu is immensely popular for the famous Thousand Doors which is the ticket to fame for the place.
The place is distinguished simply for the numerous doors and windows found here and the building was christened as the Gedung Lawang Sewu and tourists love coming here simply because of the distinctive Dutch Symbolism like The Hague and Rotterdam and also the Royal family and the immensely long corridors leading to the offices on the other side.
The building has numerous long winding corridors which open out to the offices on one side of the office and the other end of the building on the other hand. It is a famous landmark in the region of Semarang and a pride for Java. The place was actually built as the main colonial office for the Dutch and was then taken over by the Japanese government.
This place was important because it was the main military hub for the Indonesians and was used for giving shelter to the soldiers and army men here. However later the place was converted in to a heritage site and many came to visit the place during their holidays or vacations while coming to visit the Semarang. There are other places also which deserve mention but Lawang Sewu stands out among the rest.
Now this thousand doors remain somewhat forgotten. look the empty alleys and the interior. The place was often considered to be haunted place as many truly and sincerely believed that the place was inhabited by spirits and ghosts and thus many people used to feel scared to visit the place fearing the obvious as locals says, it's pretty haunted. and for ourselves, lawang sewu is something nice. the architecture, the stained glass windows and the underground tunnels (and said there was an underground prison) tell so many histories.
(Taken from many sources)