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Lawang Sewu

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What the Eiffel Tower is to Paris and the Opera House is to Sydney, Lawang Sewu is to Semarang.

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Ok, so it perhaps doesn’t attract as many punters, but it certainly piqued our interest enough to jump on a plane to check it out (we’re a bit nerdy when it comes to great architecture). Semarang’s iconic building has a mixed history: it was built at the beginning of the 20th century as an administrative building for the Dutch East Indies Railway Company (Nederlandsch-Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij) and during WWII was occupied by the Japanese, reportedly to have been used for torture and interrogation. For years later it lay derelict, occasionally used by the army until a major renovation project from 2010 to 2015 restored it to its former glory and has now reopened to the public as an ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)


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