Weekly Photo Challenge : Change – Berubah (Part/Bagian 2)

De Spiegel building..
It was built during Dutch colonialism in Semarang, Indonesia. It is situated in Old Town/ Kota Lama and it was once a very important office building in its time. But time went by, after independence, this building as other old buildings surrounding are taken over from its original owner to others. Semarang has changed a lot, but its old town still remain like this moment. Old, dusty and even perished in some parts.

It looks sad when I see this building. It is historical and we as the local must preserve it. But without government’s care, we can do less. Save our heritage..

This is my second posting for this week’s challenge…,enjoy it.

Building : De Spiegel, Semarang


50 Comments Add yours

  1. Hanno Phenn says:

    You make me sad to show me these Buildings .It is such a shame .I can understand that people are not keen to be reminded of the Dutch colonisation . These are solid buildings why not use them properly. Sorry I do not understand.

    1. There are still problems for whom those buildings. The heirs never come to clarify and then it was taken over by others to take care, but then those are abandoned. Even many of them had been replaced by modern buildings.

      1. Hanno Phenn says:

        I know and I understand .It just makes me angry to see things like that.Sometimes my heart is taking over over my head. You know.

      2. Yeah, our government tends to be ignorant. That’s why I join Old Town community at least for educating Semarang people to appreciate their heritage. This is still small movement, but I and my friends hope it will be grown up.

      3. Hanno Phenn says:

        I think you are doing the right thing.Even if it is a small step but he is in the right direction.

      4. Hanno Phenn says:

        Think positive and more optimistic. You are not a Mouse you are a Man.

      5. Hanno Phenn says:


      6. Hanno Phenn says:

        Danke Sehr . That is the right German expression not the other way around just to let you know.

        By the way you are very welcome.

      7. Oopps…mislead hehehehe..

  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    The building is interesting, yes, but that blue, that BLUE of the sky!! Stunning. You didn’t enhance it, did you? Just stunning. Funny, when we look at the sky we’re actually looking into outer space.

    1. Thank you.
      I didn’t do anything on it as when I took this picture, the sky was very clear and it’s the best time to take picture.

  3. These are beautiful captures of buildings from the past.

    1. Thank you Marion. Just a bit of the past…

  4. mrhugo2013 says:

    Such a beautiful old building! It’s a shame to not preserve it isn’t it!

    1. Yup…I’ll tell you more story about it in the next posting. Check it out! πŸ™‚

      1. mrhugo2013 says:

        Ok no worries, I’ll be sure to check back mate.

      2. Siiipp!!!

        Wait then πŸ™‚

  5. Deborah Holman says:

    Such a beautiful picture!! May I have your permission to use it in my family history book? I am the great-granddaughter of Herman Spiegel, owner/partner of the business Toko Spiegel. So glad people care to save the building.

    Deborah Holman
    Hamden,CT USA

    1. Please do if you want to use this photo, the building now is under government’s management and recently there is a historical exhibition called KunoKiniNanti. from 22-28 August 2013 as you know..

      Further information, let me forward you to my friend, he is the committee…


      Bambang Priantono

    2. Thank you once more for your appreciation. I hope all heritages will be well preserved either for us or our offsprings.

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