City of Surabaya (East Java)

The city of Surabaya is included to the province East Java and to the regency Surabaya City

Presentation of the destination

- city metropolis with traditional history in East Java

Surabaya is Indonesia's second-largest city and the capital of East Java Province, with more than 3.1 million (5.6 million) population. It is located on the northern coast of eastern Java, at the mouth of the Mas River. Surabaya is the starting point for trips to Mount Bromo and Bali. Those who have time will have the opportunity to discover the exotic corners of Surabaya. The historic Arab districts are mesmerizing: a labyrinth of winding streets that is a pilgrimage site with a historic mosque. Surabaya also has one of the largest Chinatowns in all of Indonesia and many impressive dilapidated, Dutch buildings. For most foreign visitors, the city is just a passing place. For locals, however, Surabaya is closely linked to the emergence of the Indonesian state. This is where the fight for independence started. For them, Surabaya Kota Pahlawan (City of Heroes) and statues commemorating independence are scattered throughout the city.

Points of interests / things to see

Sampoerna building

Without question, the building of Sampoerna is the main attraction of the city. Here is the headquarters of one of the most famous Indonesian Kretek cigarette manufacturers (now owned by US giant Philip Morris). Whatever one thinks of the tobacco industry, this factory and museum are a fascinating place. The building itself is a 19th century Dutch architecture and was originally an orphanage, sp A theater. The former entrance hall is now the museum and is something of a shrine to the Sampoerna Empire. There are exhibits on the use of spice cloves and the history of Kretek in Indonesia, in addition to uniforms and drums of the Sampoerna brass band and other quirky curiosities. There is also an incredible collection of lighters and cigarette cases, especially from Europe. Upstairs is the factory workshop, where hundreds of women hand-roll, cut and pack cigarettes. The brand Dji Sam Soe (banned in most countries, because the tar content is so strong). The fastest run 4,000 cigarettes a day here at an incredible speed. Sampoerna also offers a free city sightseeing bus with an English guide. The full tour takes between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on your interest. The museum is open until late in the evening, but the factory closes at 15.00. Address: Jl Taman Sampoerna Phone: +62 31 353 9000 Website: Opening hours: 09:00 to 22:00

Monumen Kapal Selam

In keeping with Indonesia's fascination with military matters, the refurbished Pasopati district features the hull of a Russian submarine, the Monumen Kapal Selam. Kapal Selam is located directly on the Delta Plaza River. Launched in 1952 and in the service of the Indonesian Navy since 1962, it serves as a memorial since 1990. They can bump around the inside, peeking through the periscope and even into the torpedo tubes. It's in a small park, and there are a few cafés popular with young smoochers. Into the body / hull of the submarine was cut an entrance for door and stairs. Inside you can peek through the periscope and even climb into the torpedo tubes. There is a building right next to the memorial showing a short film about the history of the submarine. You can also visit the Suroboyo monument near the river. It is located in a small park with a few nice cafes. Address: Jl Pemuda, KRI Pasopati (410) Admission: 5000Rp Opening Hours: 09: 00-21: 00

The old town and the Red Bridge

Although many buildings in the old town of Surabaya literally fall apart, this district is definitely the most beautiful and interesting in the city. The somewhat neglected Dutch architecture, strong Chinese influences and an Arab quarter. There is much to see and do in the old town of Surabaya. A good place to start exploring the Old Town is Jembatan Merah, the so-called "Red Bridge" on the fierce fighting in the struggle for Indonesia's independence. Originally, the old town was divided along ethnic lines, with the Europeans living on the west side of the Kali Mas River and the Chinese, Arabs and Javanese on the east bank. Jembatan Merah was the connection between the two halves of the city. Jl Jembatan Merah is a replica of Amsterdam, though a bit run-down, a perfect example of Dutch architecture. Another impressive building is the Puppet-style PTP XXII built in Indo-European style Government buildings on Jl Merak Cendrawasih. The area further south around the post office and the Pelni office also has some beautiful buildings.

The Arab Quarter and the largest mosque in Southeast Asia

Surabaya's Arab Quarter - known by locals as the Traffic Light or Kampung Arab - has the same atmosphere and looks like Medina. It's a labyrinth of narrow alleyways with desks offering prayer beads, peci (black muslim felt hats) and other religious items. There are also perfumes, dates and a few Plaskitkamelle. All lanes lead to the Mesjid traffic light, the holiest mosque in Surabaya. Here Sunan Ampel (one of the Wali Songo who brought Islam to Java) was buried in 1481. Masjid Al Akbar is a huge mosque (it is said to be the largest mosque in Southeast Asia). The mosque has a tower, which is equipped with a lift, from the top of the tower at 65 m height you have a wonderful view of Surabaya. The mosque itself is a huge room, the marble floor is divided by dozens of wooden pillars, but there is very little decoration. Behind the mosque, pilgrims sing and sprinkle rose petals on Sunan's grave. The mosque is best reached on foot. The most direct route is to take the road west of Jl Ampel Suci - a lot of becak marks the entrance.


On the basis of the two districts, one can observe wonderfully the fusion of Asian and Islamic culture. Just south of the Arabian Quarter is Surabaya's Chinatown, with hundreds of small businesses and warehouses. The historic buildings are dilapidated and the streets are overcrowded and not very clean, but it's charged with atmosphere. Becak (Fahrradrikshas) and handcart are still the best way to transport goods through the narrow streets. Pasar Pabean is a sprawling, dimly lit market where you can buy everything from Madurese chicken to Chinese crockery. At night, the Kembang Jepun area in Chinatown is being turned into a street bazaar with sweetbreads. An interesting show of Indo-Chinese culture and atmosphere. Further east, near the canal, is the very impressive Co Kong Kong Tik Cun Ong temple. Predominantly Buddhist, but has a variety of Confucian and Taoist altars - if you can see them through the dense incense smoke.

Playing golf in Surabaya

Surabaya has several golf courses. One of them is Bukit Darmo Golf. This golf course is in the richer residential area in West Surabaya. This golf course has 18 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus II. Another alternative is Yani Golf. Built on hilly terrain, this golf course is the city's oldest golf course. Here is also the burial vault of the last Dutch governor. Another alternative is the Graha Famili Golf Course (18 holes) near the Bukit Darmo Golf. Also Ciputra Golf in Citraland Estate is highly recommended. Pakuwon Golf is best suited for beginners. This was opened in 2011 within the Pakuwon Estate 18-hole par-3 golf course. There is also Taman Dayu Golf about an hour's drive south, towards Malang. There is also the very beautiful stretch of Fina Golf. Another 9 hole par 3 golf course can be found on the Semen Gresik estate in the town of the same name. Golf in itself is very cheap in Surabaya and the golf courses are relatively large, especially compared to other countries.

Water leisure park Ciputra

Once you've had enough of the harsh heat and bustle of the city, you can refresh and unwind in the Ciputra Water Park. A great place to swim and have fun. There is a wave pool, slides and much more. This water park is in the Citraland complex. As a rule, the park is crowded on Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays, so it is best to visit during the week if possible. Ciputra WaterparkWaterpark Bolevard CitraLand - "The Singapore of Surabaya" Surabaya 60219, Indonesia Phone: +62 31 7441155 Website: Opening hours: Weekdays: 13: 00-19: 00, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 10: 00-19: 00. Admission: Adults 130,000 Rp, children 105,000 Rp.

Art Center Balai Pemuda

Balai Pemuda is an arts center in the heart of Surabaya, near City Hall. Here you can enjoy local art such as the Reog dance and other art performances. The biggest event is the Seni Surabaya (FSS) festival, which takes place every year in June. During the Dutch colonial era, the building was a club called the Simpangsche Societeit. Address: Jl. Gubernur Suryo 15 Phone: +62 031-888822 E-mail: Website: Opening Hours: Weekdays: 10: 00-16: 00, Saturdays: 10: 00-15: 00

On souvenir shopping tour

If you want to buy special souvenirs for your home, you will find a wide selection in the market of Roode Brug Surabaja, in Jl. Pucang Anom Timur 70. Here you can buy souvenirs of the city of Surabaya T-shirts, miniatures of the KRI Pasopati Sub Marine, replicas of World War II uniforms, British helmets, Japanese helmets, KNIL helmets and vintage fashion hats. Here you can also ask for a tour with a guided guide of the colonial buildings and book them.

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UTC +7:00 (Asia/Jakarta)
Summer time UTC +6:00
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Surrounding towns

  • Gresik ~20.3 km
  • Kebomas ~16.9 km
  • Batoe Porong ~27.7 km
  • Kebanjar ~33.9 km
  • Perum Citra Surya Mas ~25.1 km

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Access to Surabaya

By airplane The Juanda Surabaya (SUB) airport is the second largest in the country after Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, with very frequent flights to Jakarta and other major Indonesian destinations, as well as some international direct flights to Destinations like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Guangzhou and Bandar Seri Begawan. One should buy the fixed price taxi coupons at "Prima Taxi". The 18 km drive into the city costs about 10, -â,¬. There is an airport bus service operated by Damri (same company as in Jakarta), which is approaching the Bungurasih bus station. Buses stop right in front of the terminal, are air conditioned and quite comfortable. Tickets cost 15,000 Rp. However, the bus station is hectic and is just a bit closer to the city center than the airport. By train Surabaya has two main train stations, Surabaya Pasar Turi and Surabaya Gubeng. Seats in eksekutif (first class) and bisnis (second class) for each intercity journey can be reserved up to 30 days in advance at any major station in Java. By boat PT Angkutan Sungai Danau Dan Penyeberangan (ASDP): daily ferry service from Ujung Kamal, Madura to Tanjung Perak, Surabaya. PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (PELNI): Passenger ships to many major port cities throughout Indonesia. By Bus Surabaya offers regular bus services from all parts of East Java and into the big cities in other parts of Java and beyond. The bus station is Bungurasih, about 10 km south of the city. There are regular shuttle buses from Malang (Rp 20,000 for air conditioning, less for "ekonomi") and Probolinggo (to Mount Bromo). Long distance bus travel is best booked in advance. By minibus Another option is to travel by minibus. A number of companies offer minibus travel to major destinations in Java, including Malang and Yogyakarta. These services are both more convenient and more expensive than the public buses. Seats can be booked in advance directly at corporate offices or in hotels and travel agencies.

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