Lawang Sewu and Musing Moments on Doors

On our third day in Indonesia, we visited Lawang Sewu in Semarang. Lawang Sewu (Pintu Seribu) is a Javanese term, which means “Thousand Doors.” It is located in Semarang, Central Java Indonesia and was built by the Dutch. It served as a head office for the Dutch East Indies Railway Company until 1942.  Based on research that I did, it is a haunted landmark in Indonesia.  It was said to be a site of a five-day fight in 1945, where a number were tortured, and executed.

Steven and I hired a grab taxi from Yogyakarta to Semarang. From the previous travels that Steven and I experienced, I realized that I should always cherish every moment by focusing more on our trip rather than on social media. I was more active than before and I did not let Steven do all the talking with the locals. If I was going to assess myself when it came to our Indonesian trip, I know that I was a better travel buddy that time.

But I know that there was a possibility that our trip to Indonesia might be our last trip overseas for the time being as I had to focus on my study sooner. I was going to do the first chapter of my dissertation and I know it was something that I had to take seriously. Aside from that, my savings would not be enough for another travel in 2018.

“What if I just stopped studying and then look for a part-time job?” I asked Steven while we were on our way to Semarang.

“I hope you will not stop, I hope you will finish your studies,” he answered.

“But you know that I already have my MA Degree and its already enough.”

“You will have more opportunities once you finished your Doctoral Degree, so please just continue with your studies.”

I replied no more until we arrived in Semarang. I knew that Steven had a point and he just wanted what was best for me.

While we were on our way to the Lawang Sewu, I was still having doubts, if we really should go there or not. I had fears of ghosts, but many people had told me that I should not be afraid of ghosts. Instead, I should be more afraid of human beings because only they can hurt other people and ghost are just spirits.

Lawang Sewu and Musing Moments on Doors

The cost of the ticket to visit Lawang Sewu was RP 10,000 for adults. There were few people when we arrived in the haunted building of Lawang Sewu. Seeing that the lights were on inside the building, my fear subsided a bit.

There was nothing creepy when we got inside. The only thing I knew was that beside me there was not a scary ghost but a bully boyfriend who made the trip fun filled.

The feeling was nostalgic when I was inside the Lawang Sewu Building. We were amazed on the stain glass and the connecting doors from room to room that were unique. Amidst the silence, my mind wandered on the messages each doors wanted to reveal. After one entrance was another door and so on and so forth.

Through readings, I know that there are so many quotations, which talks on  doors, and I just wanted to reflect on a few of them.

Lawang Sewu and Musing Moments on Doors

“When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has opened in front of you.”
― Shannon L. Alder

The passing of someone we love is not easy to accept. Oftentimes, it leads to conclusion that our life becomes meaningless too because of someone who passed away. But no matter what difficulties or pains we have been going through, it just boils down to these words “The show must go on.”

Lawang Sewu and Musing Moments on Doors

“If you don’t go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.”

― Mark W. Perrett

Learning does not stop after we graduate. It goes on for the rest of our lives. As years go by, changes happen. It just simply indicates that there is a need to adapt to these changes or we will forever get stagnant on where we were standing.

 Lawang Sewu and Musing Moments on Doors

“If you feel you have to open a particular door, open it, otherwise all your life that door will haunt your mind!” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Just ask yourself and reflect on what you really want to achieve someday. Do not be afraid of going at great length just to have what your heart’s desire.  Isn’t it good that when the old age comes, it is much better to say, “I did it!,” rather than “How I wish I had done it.” ?

 Lawang Sewu and Musing Moments on Doors

“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.”

-Clarence Thomas

Attaining Ph.D’s or Ed.D’s, or being able to have a chance to study abroad does not guarantee of being educated. Still, it depends on how those skills and knowledge acquired were handled in interacting with other people.

 Lawang Sewu and Musing Moments on Doors

“A smile will open more doors than what a frown will.” 
― Anthony T.Hincks

They said that we always have a choice. We can either choose to dwell with misery or plunge in victory. It has been said we should be careful with whatever we are thinking because thinking becomes words, and words become actions. Therefore, always choose the good.

  Lawang Sewu and Musing Moments on Doors

Have you visited Lawang Sewu in Semarang? Or do you have a quotation you want to share about doors?

Please share your insights in the comments section below.


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Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.

Author : Ana Rose Alvaro

Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.

17 Comments to Lawang Sewu and Musing Moments on Doors

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  2. Tinis says:

    It’s wonderful experiences.thanks for chapter are written about Indonesia.glad to read your blog.god bless you.

  3. lex says:

    Such a wonderful and beautiful place. I love the rich history attached to this place. You had a good experience despite the story of its haunted history too and that says it was fun and good for you.

  4. I can definitely relate to what you said about not being able to travel as often now that you are going to buckle down on your studies. My biggest dream is to travel outside of the US but I can’t afford it with my financial situation at the moment as well as other obligations. I think it’s cool that you were able to start off this year with such a great trip!

    • Ana Rose Alvaro says:

      Thank you Cassandra! Let us just keep on waiting and work hard while waiting. Someday we can reach our dreams. We just have to believe on it.

  5. Mira says:

    Life teaches us lessons every day. Travel is a fantastic teacher as well. I like that you also recognize that formal education is not everything and that we can learn though experience. It looks like you had a wonderful trip…

  6. This is so interesting, I do love the architecture of the building and the nostalgic feeling it gives but It does look spooky

  7. Elizabeth O says:

    A thousand doors, wow that is a lot but it really looks like a gorgeous place to visit and a wonderful experience. I like all the quotes you shared too.

  8. What an amazing building. Love the architectural detail. Beautiful pictures and the tales you shared with them. Thank you

  9. I love all the quotes in this post! What a wonderful experience indeed! Indonesia has a lot of things to offer that’s why tourists come to visit, hopefully I’ll visit this place one day.

  10. candy says:

    Never heard about this thousand door place. When a door is closed God open a window. Would be fun to go and visit and see all the doors.

  11. Aireona says:

    Fascinating post! Seems like the perfect place to muse about these things, and it definitely has the air of a spiritual location too. Also, I had alot of doubts about getting my doctorate as well. At the moment, I am not sure how much it will do for me, careerwise, but I think it’s a good experience to have. I hope you continue to find more clarity as more time passes. <3

  12. Totally agree that education is important. It’s also a great point that we never stop learning though. Everyday I hope to learn something new and always keep growing in knowledge. Anyways the Lawang Sewu building looks incredible! Glad you two enjoyed your time there.

  13. Laweng Sewu looks like a beautiful building. I hope all the doors open for you through your studies. Good Luck.

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