Indonesia’s haunted landmark
Lawang Sewu, also referred to as “Thousand Doors”, is a landmark that has built up a worldwide reputation for being one of the most haunted places in Indonesia.
Located Semarang, Central Java, on one of Indonesia’s southern islands, this haunted landmark is a conversation piece for locals and paranormal researchers worldwide who have heard about it or visited.
The building’s materials were imported from Europe and it offers a perfect blend of European and Asian architecture. Started in 1904 and completed in 1919, the large building was originally used as the Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij,
When the Japanese invaded Indonesia in 1942, they took over the Lawang Sewu, similarly to how they did a few years later when they took over Fort Santiago in Manila, and turned it into a make-shift prison.
Several executions took place there and later more Indonesian fighters died there. Other sources say that the Lawang Sewu acted as a torture house for a short time when the Japanese were in control.
The building has been completed renovated in the 21st century and actually looks like a great tourist attraction for people looking for some nice architecture and an interesting historic and ghost story.
Ghosts of Lawang Sewu
The basement of one of the Lawang Sewu’s buildings are said to be haunted by a Pontianak which is the mythological creature in Indonesian folklore, similar to the Aswang of the Philippines.
Among the ghosts that have been reported is a woman who allegedly committed suicide there at some point in the building’s history. Others include headless apparitions as well as all the typical sounds and unexplained shadows of a typical haunted building.
There was a horror movie made in 2007 that adapted the story to the big screen titled, Lawang Sewu: Dendam Kuntilanak (Lawang Sewu: Kuntilanak’s Vengeance).
With places like the Tuol Sleng and the most haunted forest in the world being in Asia, it’s hard to rank the Lawang Sewu at the top of the list, but it has certainly become known as one of the most haunted places in Indonesia.
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