Posts Tagged ‘Indonesia’

Semarang, Central Jave, Indonesia has a colonial era building as a famous landmark. The local city government has attempted to re-brand it, as it’s more well-known locally as a haunted house.

The name translates to ‘Thousand Doors’ and this name comes from its large design, the numerous arts and doors, not to mention around 600 large windows.

It’s construction started in 1904, and was finished in 1907; by 2009 it had fallen into a state of disrepair. Inside its walls were cracked and the wallpaper was left hanging off, mould and weeds were taking over and only the exterior has been kept up to any measure.

In 2014 the Semarang City Government stated they planned to use the building for a food court, and maybe a gym in an attempt to stop the rumours, and yet still attracts around 1,000 people a day.

One of the ghosts is said to be a Dutchwoman who committed suicide inside the building. There is also said to be headless ghouls that wander it’s corridors too.

In 2007 the building was used for a horror film ‘Lewang Sewu: Dendam Kuntilanak’ based on the legends. The plot sees high school students trapped inside after several of them need to urinate, in the film there is a Dutchwoman, and a man with a ball and chain around his leg. If that isn’t enough to sate your budget horror palate there’s a Kuntilanak (vampire ghost). The film got a poor reception and scathing reviews, you’ve been warned. It could be horrific but an entirely different set of reasons!

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Basement of Lawang Sewu 2011” by Crisco 1492Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Crop circles hoaxed or possibly those still unclaimed for are another phenomenon with a wide and varied history. They are also quite artistic in my opinion and so worth a mention on the blog.

Crop Circles are geometric patterns, they can be fairly simple or quite intricate. They are best viewed from the air, they were first seen in fields as early as the 1970’s.

There was a significant amount noted that many were found in the ritual landscape of England. They were close to Stonehenge and Avebury, and also some others were notably reported in Indonesia and Australia.

In the 1980’s meteorologists speculated that freak winds could flatten crops, by some sort of ‘vortex action’. Another theory had been put forward that it was the Earth talking to us, a mysterious “earth force”.

Doug Bower and Dave Chorley claimed that they started making them in England, 1978. They went on to create over 200, since the 1980’s and there have also been crop circle competitions alongside some TV documentaries that explained how to make them.

 

The simplest way is a wooden board to flatten the stalks, get a farmers permission, and a rope to use as the anchor to keep the circle.

There are however still reports of strange things, such as radiation in the area, bizarre burn marks on the crop stalks and reports of Men In Black showing an interest.