A photo story: heritage buildings of Lasem

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Admiral’s tomb: Lasem is home to four tombs, each with its own character. Curiously, no one has been able to read the Chinese characters written on the tombstone up to this day. The tombs, located in the backyard of the Candu House, seem to emit a slightly mystical vibe. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Admiral’s tomb: Lasem is home to four tombs, each with its own character. Curiously, no one has been able to read the Chinese characters written on the tombstone up to this day. The tombs, located in the backyard of the Candu House, seem to emit a slightly mystical vibe. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Cu An Kiong Chinese temple: According to members of the Communications Forum for the History Community (FOKMAS), the Cu An Kiong, which has undergone several renovations, is one of the oldest temples in Java. It is located on Jl. Dasun, about a kilometer from the Lasem river estuary. The interior is decorated with wall paintings, old mosaic ceramic tiles, and ritual-related objects. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Cu An Kiong Chinese temple: According to members of the Communications Forum for the History Community (FOKMAS), the Cu An Kiong, which has undergone several renovations, is one of the oldest temples in Java. It is located on Jl. Dasun, about a kilometer from the Lasem river estuary. The interior is decorated with wall paintings, old mosaic ceramic tiles, and ritual-related objects. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Old tomb inside Kauman Lasem mosque: Aside from tourists interested in history, pilgrims make up the other bulk of Lasem visitors. This area played an important role in the introduction of Islamic culture to the Javanese. There are plenty of old tombs of Muslim scholars here, including one inside the Kauman Lasem mosque. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Old tomb inside Kauman Lasem mosque: Aside from tourists interested in history, pilgrims make up the other bulk of Lasem visitors. This area played an important role in the introduction of Islamic culture to the Javanese. There are plenty of old tombs of Muslim scholars here, including one inside the Kauman Lasem mosque. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Indis style old building One of the old buildings on Jl. Dasun is influenced by "Indis" architecture style, which is a product of acculturation between the Dutch and the European culture in general and the Javanese culture. This style is evident in the building's cantilever pillars, its statue on the roof and its wide windows and doors. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Indis style old building One of the old buildings on Jl. Dasun is influenced by "Indis" architecture style, which is a product of acculturation between the Dutch and the European culture in general and the Javanese culture. This style is evident in the building's cantilever pillars, its statue on the roof and its wide windows and doors. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

House terrace: Lasem is also known for its hand written Batik fabrics, with families usually running the business. Old houses belonging to Batik merchants preserve a long family history, usually reflected in their terraces, which exhibit family pictures in a chronological manner. Some of the owners might be more than willing to tell the history of their family business. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

House terrace: Lasem is also known for its hand written Batik fabrics, with families usually running the business. Old houses belonging to Batik merchants preserve a long family history, usually reflected in their terraces, which exhibit family pictures in a chronological manner. Some of the owners might be more than willing to tell the history of their family business. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Behind the fence: The road from Lasem to Surabaya is called the Daendels road. By paying close attention, one can spot plenty of poorly maintained ancient houses rich with historical architecture along the road. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Behind the fence: The road from Lasem to Surabaya is called the Daendels road. By paying close attention, one can spot plenty of poorly maintained ancient houses rich with historical architecture along the road. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Dasun street: This narrow village street is also known as the heritage street because it is a window to Lasem’s early history. Dasun Street is located along the Lasem River that supported the early local civilization. Historical sites near the river include the Omah Lawang Ombo, also known as Omah Candu (Candu House), a Dharma Buddhist-monastery, and Cu An Kiong Klenteng Chinese Temple. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.

Dasun street: This narrow village street is also known as the heritage street because it is a window to Lasem’s early history. Dasun Street is located along the Lasem River that supported the early local civilization. Historical sites near the river include the Omah Lawang Ombo, also known as Omah Candu (Candu House), a Dharma Buddhist-monastery, and Cu An Kiong Klenteng Chinese Temple. Photo by Fahmi Anhar.


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