Surabaya is Indonesia's second-largest city, and the capital of the province of East Java. It is located on the northern shore of eastern Java at the mouth of the Mas River, and along the edge of the Madura Strait. Surabaya is known as the 'City of Heroes' due to the importance of the Battle of Surabaya in galvanizing Indonesian and international support for its independence during the Indonesian National Revolution. Surabaya is also known as the birthplace of Indonesia's first president, Sukarno. The regencies surrounding Surabaya include: Lamongan Regency to the northwest; Gresik Regency to the west; Bangkalan Regency to the northeast on Madura Island; Sidoarjo Regency to the south; and the Mojokerto and Jombang regencies to the southwest. Gresik, Bangkalan, Mojokerto, Surabaya, Sidoarjo and Lamongan comprise an extended metropolitan area called 'Gerbangkertosusila'.
The earliest record of Surabaya was in a 1225 book written by Chau Ju-Kua, in which the city was called 'Jung-ya-lu', the ancient name of Surabaya. Ma Huan documented the early-15th-century visit of Zheng He's treasure ships in his 1433 book, Yingyai Shenglan. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Surabaya was a sultanate, and major political and military power in eastern Java. It was later occupied by the more powerful Sultanate of Mataram in 1625 under Sultan Agung. The expanding East Indies Companies took the city over from a weakened Mataram in November 1743. Surabaya became a major trading centre under the Dutch colonial government, and hosted the largest naval base in the colony. In 1917, a revolt by the soldiers and sailors of Surabaya, led by the Indies Social Democratic Association, was rebuked. Japan occupied the city in 1942, which was bombed by the Allies in 1944. Afterward, Surabaya was seized by Indonesian nationalists, who entered into a conflict with the British, caretakers of the Dutch colony after the Japanese surrendered. The Battle of Surabaya, one of the most important battles of the Indonesian revolution, occurred on October 30, 1945 near the Red Bridge. The Indonesians regained control of the city during an ensuing deadly battle on November 10, 1945, which Indonesians subsequently celebrate annually as Heroes' Day. The Dutch national red, white and blue flag atop the Yamato Hotel's tower was then torn into the Indonesian red-and-white flag by Bung Tomo, an incident that was also recorded as a heroic feat during the struggle for this city.
As the centre of economic activities in East Java and the surrounding area, Surabaya is heavily engaged in services, industry and trade, and remains one of the busiest ports in the nation. Its principal exports include sugar, tobacco and coffee. The city also has a large shipyard, and numerous specialized naval schools. However, Surabaya's highly-developed infrastructure and unique culture, along with its splendid coast and tree-lined streets and parks, makes it easy to see why tourism is an important component of the local economy. This bustling port city, located on a river delta around a natural harbour, offers convenient access to mangrove forests, fishing communities, coastal environments and ecosystems, and neighbouring beaches, islands, national parks, volcanic islands, and crater lakes.
The Javanese culture and legacy of Surabaya can be explored during visits to a wealth of historic landmarks and locales. Included are the Health, Loka Jala Crana, Mpu Tantular and W.R. Soepratman museums, Grahadi Building, House of Sampoerna, Hong Tiek Hian Temple, Internatio Building, Jagir Dam Wonokromo, Jalesveva Jayamahe Monument, Joko Dolog Statue, Kalimas Traditional Seaport, Karet Street, Kembang Jepun, Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria Church, Majapahit Hotel, Petekan Bridge, PTPN XI Building, Semut Railway Station, and Ampel Mosque. Surabaya's hard-fought independence from British and Dutch rule in 1945 can be relived at a host of revered local destinations, such as the Bambu Runcing Monument, Tunjungan Street, Heroes' Museum, Jembatan Merah (Red Bridge), Sepuluh Nopember Museum, and Wira Surya Monument.
Surabaya's tropical East Java location is highlighted by many wonderfully-diverse sightseeing destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. Land-based excursions include the fun-filled and exciting Ciputra Water Park, the finest water park in Indonesia, expansive Surabaya Zoo, Southeast Asia's largest and most comprehensive zoo, and golfing at several picturesque and challenging locales, including the elite Bukit Darmo, Yani, Graha Famili, Ciputra, Pakuwon, Taman Dayu, Fina, and Semen Gresik golf courses. Surabaya's bustling harbour, beaches, mangrove forests, fishing communities, coastal environments, and ecosystems abound with exotic flora and fauna, diverse bird and fish species, and marine life and wildlife. Scenic and memorable water-based excursions include exploring and fishing in the mangrove forests, sailing, swimming, boating and canoeing at Kayoon Park, fishing and sailing at Old Kenjeren Beach, and tennis, horseback-riding, motorcycling, swimming, and fishing at New Kenjeren Beach.
Going Ashore in Surabaya
The ship may be at anchor. Guests will tender ashore to the Tanjung Perak Pier. Surubaya's city centre can be reached via a 5.6-mile (nine-kilometre) taxi-ride. Metered taxis are available at the pier, but only by request. Please make sure to establish a price before starting any journey.
Surabaya is a major shopping destination for Indonesians, and is renowned for its handicrafts, clothing, accessories, fabrics, jewellery, and other souvenirs. There are several large shopping malls in the city, including the Tunjungan Plaza, Surabaya Plaza, Ciputra World Surabaya, Grand City Mall, Galaxy Mall, City Of Tomorrow, Supermall Pakuwon Indah, Surabaya Town Square, Lenmarc, Royal Plaza Surabaya, Kapas Krampung Plaza, and Jembatan Merah Plaza. Electronics, computers, mobile phones, etc. can be found at the Hi-Tech Mall, WTC, and Plaza Marina. Select from a wide array of beautiful, fresh flowers at the Kayoon and Brutang flower markets, and Orchid Market. Local souvenirs and Batik items are available at the Mirota Art Shop, and flea market items, antiques and Muslim clothing can be found at the Pasar Ampel, or Ampel Market. Most malls are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and stores are open from 9 a.m. to 5-9 p.m. The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
Surabaya is renowned for its Indonesian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Malaysian, Thai, Indian, Italian, Vegan, and International cuisine, as well as delectable fresh seafood from its abundant coastal waters. Typical Surabaya specialities include: rujak cingur, or sliced fruit and vegetables with rice cake, tofu, fermented soybean cake, bendoyo, cingur, and spices; kupang lontong, or rice cake with kupang, a shellfish broth, and chili sauce, lapis, or rice cake, sprouts, fried tofu, lento, soy sauce, fried onion and chili sauce; lento, or rice with peanuts, flour, galangal, spring onion, citrus fruit, and salt; jongkong Surabaya, which is like lapis but made with jongkong, grated coconut and pandanus leaves; rujak cingur, a local salad with tapioca-peanut sauce and cingur, or slices of cooked cow nose; pecel, or greens in spicy peanut sauce; gado-gado, or cooked vegetables in a peanut-based sauce; soto ayam, or chicken soup with noodles, cabbage, herbs, turmeric, peanuts, and egg; ayam goreng, or fried chicken; burung dara goreng, or fried quail; ikan bandeng, or milk fish; semur lidah, or beef tongue soup; tahu telor, or tofu omelette with peanut sauce; gurame pencak, or fried freshwater fish with sliced tomatoes; puri kuali asam, an Indonesian twist on the spicy Thai tom yam kung soup; bakwan campur, or meatballs with siomay and tahu, ayam bakar, or grilled chicken; ikan bakar, or barbecued fish with soy sauce; gurame goreng, or fresh fried fish; ikan pesmol, or fried fish with a local sauce; nila goreng, or fried fish with hot sauce; and various ice-based desserts such as es cendol, es campur, es teler, es kacang ijo, and Thai singkong.
Popular restaurants in-and-around Surabaya include Ria, Handayani, Angus House, Black Angus, Ikan Bakar Cianjur, Casa Fontana, House of Sampoerna Café, Long's Seafood, Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi Asli, Loving Hut, Tunjungan Plaza, Ahimsa Vegan Lounge, De Boliva Kitchen & Lounge, Café Venezia, New San Thauw, Kuningan International, Myoung Ga, Sushi Hana, Platinum Grill, Duck King, Bon Café, La Rucola, Surabaya Suki, Sitara, Pisa Kafe, Ahimza, Ayam Goreng Sriwijaya, Raya Jemursari, Soto Ayam Ambengan, Indragiri, Nasi Campur Tambak Bayan, Ayam Penyet Bu Kris, Hary Hary,Puri Garden, Bakwan Gili, Bakwan Kapasari, Nasi Uduk Kebon Kecang, Depot You Yuen, Ayam Bakar Prima Rasa, Ikan Bakar Cianjur, Ayam Goreng Surya Pemuda, Kartika Pujasera, Rawon Setan, Sate Klopo Ondomohen, Zangrandi Ice Cream Palace, and the restaurants in the Sheraton, Meritus Surabaya, JW Marriot, Shangri-La, Novotel, and Bumi Surabaya hotels.
With 27.6 acres (11.2 hectares) of land and a 306,868-square-foot (28,509-square-metre) building, Al-Akbar is the largest mosque in Surabaya and centre of religious activities for Muslims in Surabaya. Located in the southern Surabaya region of Pagesangan, this modern mosque is highlighted by a unique and modern architectural design featuring a lovely blue-and-green-coloured dome, and a tower that is equipped with a lift and offers splendid panoramic views of Surabaya City.
Bambu Runcing Monument
Located on Panglima Sudirman Street, Bambo Runcing is a Surabaya city icon. Built to memorialise the Surabaya people who fought against Colonists in the struggle for independence in 1945, the monument consists of five pillars resembling sharp, pointed bamboo, with water springing out from each bamboo hole. Various colourful ornamental plants encircle the monument, which features a peaceful park and garden adjacent to Embong Ploso Street that offers a welcome respite from the hustle-and-bustle of the city.
Bratang Flower Market
The colourful and aromatic Bratang Flower Market is located on a 25,833-square-foot (2,400-square-metre) farm, and features more than 200 stands owned by 65 friendly merchants.
Four-Faced Buddha Monument
The Four Faced Buddha Monument is the biggest and tallest deity of its kind in Indonesia. Located on a 3.7-acre (1.5-hectare) farm, this monument is encircled by four green pillars in three parts; the statue, Buddha statue and Buddha throne, with a 29.5-foot (nine-metre) tall lightning rod atop each pillar. In addition to its four faces and hand-tides covered in gold veneer, the monument features 12 bronze-and-copper lamps, four 13.1-foot (four-metre) tall white elephant statues in every corner, three decorative lotus pools, and a meditation area.
A verdant oasis in the middle of the city, Bungkul Park was built on the site of an historic Bungkul funeral complex. The grave arch and fence are built in the Java Hindu architecture style of the Majapahit era. In that area, there is a sacred altar containing the remains of Kertanegara's soldiers who died in the War of 1270. On the west side of the grave is an open area that is commonly used for public events such as sports, artistry and political campaigns, and includes food and beverage merchants.
Cheng Hoo Mosque
Opened in 2002, the green-and yellow Cheng Hoo Mosque is inspired by the Niu Jei Mosque in Beijing, China, which was built in 996 A.D. Located on Gading Street in Surabaya, this artistic, eight-sided mosque blends Chinese and Javanese design elements, which reflects the close connection between the two cultures.
The Ciputra Water Park is the finest water park in Indonesia, and offers a fun-filled and exciting experience for visitors of all ages. The waterpark features the relaxing, 1,394-foot (425-metre) Siren's River, children's Chimera Pool with fountain, Marina Lagoon, Sinbad's Playground with palace towers and a water cannon, adrenaline-filled, 49.2-foot (15-metre) high Roc Tower with tunnel, and Syracuse Beach, a 19,375-square-foot (1,800-square-metre) wide, 3.9-foot (1.2-metre) deep wave pool with giant whale.
Located on Taman Surya Street, this Dutch-Colonial structure opened in 1906, and served as the Gemeonte Resort. A second structure, named the Lord Mayor Building, was completed on this site in 1927. Years later, the Indonesian government built the third incarnation, a modern City Hall, which now serves as the Centre of Municipal Administration in Surabaya.
Rujak Uleg Festival
The Rujak Uleg Festival celebrates rujak uleg, a traditional speciality from the East Java province, especially in Surabaya. It is a type of salad consisting of cucumber, spinach, longtong, or rice cake, tofu, tempe, or soybean cake, pineapple and cingur, or meat from the nose of a cow. The salad is served with shrimp paste with bean, chili sauce and garlic.
The Proclamation of 17 August 1945 arose from the spirit of the Surabaya people's fight for independence against oppressive Colonists. This movement came to be known as the Surabaya Inferno, and was centred around Tunjungan Street. The existence of Tunjungan is the gold triangle area with Embong Malang and Blauran Street.
Governor Suryo Monument
Built in 1979, the Governor Suryo Monument is located in the Apsari Park Complex on Gubernur Suryo Street, in front of the Grahadi State Building. The first East Java governor, Suryo, was killed during the 1948 PKI rebellion in Madiun. The monument is a popular weekend meeting place that attracts local youth, and a variety of food and drink merchants.
The historic Grahadi Building is located on Gubernur Suryo Street near the Tunjungan Plaza shopping centre. This luxurious structure was built in the architectural style of the Dutch Indies, and is dominated by vertical and horizontal straight lines. The name of the building is derived from its interior meeting space, known as the 'Grahadi'. Although it is now 200 years old, the Grahadi Building still maintains its original appeal.
Located on Gubeng Masjid Street in the Gubeng District of Surabaya City, Gubeng Station is the biggest railway in Surabaya, and serves as the place of main departure of most railways leaving Surabaya City.
Inaugurated in 1990, the Health Museum was built to save and preserve objects of historical value in the health sector, and provide current and future generations with information about health intricacies of the history, culture, science, etc. Today, the Health Museum is a medium of education for the public and scientific community. It is equipped with a 'special library' for cultural studies that includes library materials such as books, magazines, recording tapes, photographs, video footage, and more. The museum also features several rooms filled with historical and health-related artefacts, including the Adhyatma Room, Kencana Room, Reproductive Health Room, Genetics Room, Culture Health Room, Fauna Room, and medical and non-medical rooms.
The tragedy of 10th November 1945 made Surabaya renowned as the 'Heroes City', and is the reason why the Heroes' Museum was built. Although there are many military statues in-and-around Surabaya, this one is certainly the most imposing and stands like a rocket pointed at the moon. Located in central Surabaya's Taman Kebonrojo at the opposite of the East Java Governor's Office on Pahlawan Street, the Heroes' Museum is not very large, ornate or even decorative. However, it becomes a centre of major attention every November 10th, the day in 1945 when Surabaya commemorates those heroes who died during the War for Independence.
Hong Tiek Hian Temple
Located on Jl. Dukuh in northern Surabaya near China Town, the Hong Tiek Hian Temple is the oldest temple in Surabaya. It was built by Tartar troops in the Mojopahit Kingdom during the era of Emperor Khu Bilai Khan. This religious structure is visited by many people, and features a daily Pho Tee Hi Way-Yang show with Chinese stories.
House of Batik
The ancient tradition of batik art has been passed down from generation-to-generation, and symbolises the uniquely diverse characteristics from each individual tribe in Indonesia. Today, batik is not only used for clothing, but household items as well. Located in East Java, the House of Batik was built for the preservation and development of batik in Surabaya. It displays luxurious batik items from no less than 16 regencies in East Java. Included are Sumenep Batik, Pamekasan, Sampang, Bangkalan, Surabaya, Sidoarjo, Lamongan, Tuban, Pasuruan, Malang, Batu, Jombang, Kediri, Pacitan, Banyuwangi, Jember, and Tulungagung.
House of Sampoerna
Situated in Old Surabaya, this stately Dutch-Colonial-style compound was built in 1858, and is now a preserved historical site. Previously used as an orphanage managed by the Dutch, it was purchased in 1932 by Liem Seeng Tee, the founder of Sampoerna, for use as Sampoerna's first major cigarette production facility. Today, the compound is still functioning as a production plant for Indonesia's most prestigious cigarette, Dji Sam Soe. Observing hundreds of girls hand-rolling cigarettes at an unbelievable speed using traditional equipment is the museum's main attraction. In commemoration of Sampoerna's 90th anniversary in 2003, the central complex has been painstakingly restored and is now open to public. The original central auditorium is now a museum, and the east side has been transformed into a unique structure containing a café, merchandise kiosk and an arts gallery. The building on the west side remains the official family residence.
Built in 1929 by famous Surabayan architect Frans Johan Louwrens Ghijsels, the Internatio Building is located at the intersection of Heerenstraat and Willemsplein, now known as Jayengrono Street. A few days after Brigadier General Mallaby and his team landed in Tanjung Perak Harbour on 25 October 1945, this tan-coloured building was besieged by Indonesian combatants, yet survived the War for Independence and remains standing to this day. The Internatio Building faces east, towards the Mayangkara Monument.
Jagat Karana Temple
Located on Lumba-Lumba Street in Surabaya, the grand Jagat Karana Temple opened in 1969 and was restored in 1987. The various religious activities of Hindu followers in Surabaya are observed here, and include Galungan, Kuningan, Saraswati, Melasti, Pecaruan, and the celebration of 'Nyepi', or New Year Saka.
Jagir Dam Wonokromo
A building of great historical value, the Jagir Dam Wonokromo enables boaters to access eastern locales such as Jagir Wonokromo, Panjang Jiwo, Kedung Baruk, Wonorejo Rungkut, Wonorejo Tambak, then up the Madura Strait. To the west is Pulo Wonokromo, Gunungsari and Karah, which leads to Karang Pilang Barat. To north side, the dam leads to Ngagel, Dinoyo, Keputran, Kayun, Ketabang, Peneleh, Red Bridge, and ends in Tanjung Perak (Madura Strait).
Jalesveva Jayamahe Monument
The Jalesveva Jayamahe Monument is a masterpiece of great historical value to this maritime nation. The monument, which features a statue of an Indonesian Maritime Army Commandant holding up a sword, is 100 feet (30.6 metres) in height and supported by a 98-foot (30-metre) building.
Jembatan Merah (Red Bridge)
Located at North Surabaya, the Red Bridge was the site of one of the most brutal and savage battles that ever took place in Java. The Battle of Surabaya began on 10th November 1945, less than three months after the proclamation of the Indonesian Independence Day. Further down from the bridge is Chinatown, a bustling business and trade centre replete with numerous buildings designed in the typical Chinese architectural style.
Joko Dolog Statue
Located in a small, secluded park on Taman Aspari Street is the Buddhist statue of Joko Dolog, a stone image of the Buddha Akshobya. Created in 1289 in honour of the funeral of Kertanagara, the last king of Singosari, the statue is believed to have been carried to Surabaya about 300 years ago. It is situated directly in front of the mansion of the governor of East Java, and the aroma of incense remains in the air as Joko Dolog still a popular pilgrimage site. The statue displays a lengthy Sanskrit inscription that is carved neatly around its base, and reveals important historical information dating from the period immediately prior to the founding of Majapahit.
Kalimas Traditional Seaport
The Kalimas Traditional Seaport is located east of Kalimas River, about 6.2 miles (10 kilometres) west of Kenjeran Beach, and comprises a two-kilometre stretch of warehouse and wharves along the east ward flank of Tanjung Perak. Kalimas is a living history of Surabaya's maritime heritage. To this day, carts and humans toil to load and unload merchandise in-and-out of the tile holds of brooch-beamed Phinisi schooners in the early-morning hours.
Karet Street (Chinesevorstraat)
Karet Street is home to a line of numerous buildings with ancient and unique architecture. There are many stripper buildings that function as warehouses to accommodate many large trucks parked on this street. Karet Street was a bustling commerce area prior to the formation of Surabaya City, but is less active today.
Located along the western bank of Kayoon River, Kayoon Park is a popular recreational park and East Java food centre. Water sports performed here include sailing, swimming, boating and canoe-racing. To the north of Kayoon Park is the Kayoon Market, which sells beautiful orchids and tropical décor.
Kayoon Flower Market
Located on Kayoon Street, the Kayoon Flower Market is regarded as the largest and most complete flower centre in Surabaya. It offers a variety of fresh forsythias, dried flowers, tropical flowers, ornamental plants, local and imported floral species, and artificial flowers. On the south side of the Kayoon Flower Market are restaurants offering typical East Javanese cuisine.
The oldest area of Surabaya City, Kembang Jepun is situated on the Kalimas River near the port of Tanjung Perak. To this day, the ancient buildings of this commerce centre still bustle with office stationery stores, diesel engine shops, banks, textile companies, fashion outlets, and more.
Kenjeran beach is located in the Kenjeran district, approximately 5.6 miles (about nine kilometres) east of Surabaya. Kenjeran Beach is divided into two beaches; Old Kenjeran Beach and New Kenjeran Beach.
Activities on panoramic Old Kenjeran Beach include fishing, sailing and purchasing fresh fish. Amenities on New Kenjeran Beach are more sports-related, and feature tennis, horseback-riding, motorcycling, swimming, fishing, a playground, and places of worship. Facilities at Kenjeran Beach include restaurants, restrooms, hotels, stages, souvenir stores, and a massage house.
Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria Church
Locatged on Kepanjen Street, the Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria Church in Surabaya is recognized as the Roman Catholic Kepanjen. Built in 1899, this Gothic church is the oldest church in Surabaya, and once served as a field hospital during a cholera epidemic.
Kelenteng Sanggar Agung
Located at 100 Sukolilo Street in Kenjeran Beach, the Klenteng Sanggar Agung, or Hong San Tan Temple, serves Buddhist, Tao and Kong Hu Cu followers. Although the temple has a very unique and sophisticated design, it is renowned for its abundance of statues featuring dragons, guardians and gods, each with their own altar.
Loka Jala Crana Museum
Built in 1969, the Loka Jala Crana Museum was originally named the Navy Museum, but the name was changed to Loka Jala Crana in 1979. Located in Morokrembangan (North Surabaya), part of the Krembangan sub-district, the museum honours the history of the Indonesian Navy. Featured are warship cannons, firearms, artefacts, a miniature KRI ship, an Indonesian Dewaruci ship replica, and more. The museum also features a wonderful Planetarium.
Mpu Tantular Museum
Opened in 1937, the Mpu Tantular Museum displays a fascinating collection of approximately 15,000 items ranging from the prehistoric epoch, Hindu-Buddha, Islam epoch, Colonial, and Modern eras. Collection types include geology, biology, ethnography, archaeology, history, numismatics, heraldic, philology, ceramics, fine arts, and technology.
Originally built in 1910, the Majapahit Hotel is a classic landmark institution brimming with national pride, history, romance and elegance. Its graceful Colonial architecture with immaculate landscaped gardens, combined with modern facilities and its famous Spa makes the Majapahit Hotel the preferred choice for even the most discerning travellers.
Opened in 2005, the Orchid Market is located in the Darmo Satelit area of Surabaya. It represents a conglomeration of several gardeners, including Renny Orchid, Foresta Orchid, Bale Air and Nona Orchid, who merged into the Surabaya Orchid Society. The Orchid Market offers an abundance of orchid species, including dendrobium, cattleya, oncidium, cymbidium, monopodium, pertumbuhann, vanda, arachnis, renanthera, phalaenopsis, aranthera, and more.
Pasar Genteng (Genteng Market)
Built in 1973, the Genteng Market of Surabaya is a huge traditional market offering a vast selection of local specialities and snacks, fresh fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables, and more. This bustling, 75,810-square-foot (7,043-square-meter) market is equipped with 1,142 stands on three floors. The first floor features food and household staples, the second floor features electronics and the third floor features office space. The Genteng Market's strategic location is encircled by large shopping centres like the Tunjungan and Surabaya plazas, and a beacon for tourists visiting Surabaya.
Pasar Turi (Turi Market)
Located on the north side of Surabaya City, the traditional Pasar Turi market derives its name from the turi tree leaf, an ingredient used locally in preparing Surabayan cuisine. In addition to groceries, the market sells shoes, sandals, hair supplies, bags, utensils, furniture, clothing, accessories, and more.
Peneleh Fruit Market
Peneleh Fruit Market is a fruit market in Surabaya. Like the Widodaren Market, Pawiyatan Fruit Market and Dupak Fruit Market, this market is dedicated to accommodating the ever-present demand for fruit, as it is often utilised during religious ceremonies, and the Indonesian holidays of Galungan and Kuningan.
Also known as 'Jembatan Petekan', the Petekan Bridge is strategically located in the Ujung area, on the north side of Surabaya. Built in 1900, this old bridge crosses the Kalimas River and estuary of the Madura Strait. Nearby landmarks include the Sunan Ampel Mosque, Tanjung Perak seaport, Head Quarters Command of East Region of the Indonesia Republic, Navy Academy, Lantamal and other big industries.
PTPN XI Building
Formerly known as the HVA (Handelsvereeniging Amsterdam) Building, the P.T. Plantation Nusantara XI (Persero) building is located on Merak Street. Completed in 1925, the PTPN XI Building is the largest building in Surabaya, incorporates local design elements and is very well-maintained. This state-owned enterprise is involved in sugarcane plantations, which produce sugar, molasses, and alcohol and methylated spirits.
Semut Railway Station
The Semut Railway Station, also known as the Surabaya Kota Station, is now over 100 years old. Unfortunately, this cultural icon is no longer in operation and has fallen into a state of disrepair. However, it remains one of the city's most renowned cultural landmarks to this day.
General Sudirman Monument
The General Sudirman Monument is located on bustling Yos Sudarso Street, which is home to many important buildings that include City Hall, the New Garden Palace Hotel, entrance to the Balai Pemuda Building, Parliament Building of Surabaya City, and the Mess of TNI-AL field officer Yos Sudarso. The statue is dedicated to former Surabayan Army General Raden Sudirman, a high-ranking Indonesian military officer during the Indonesian National Revolution. The first commander-in-chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces, he continues to be widely respected in the country.
Located adjacent to the Surabaya Plaza Shopping Centre is the Monkasel, an original KRI Pasopati 410 submarine that is 251.3 feet (76.6 meters) long, and 20.6 feet (6.3 meters) wide. Opened to the public in 1998, Monkasel is equipped with a multimedia building which presents a program in recognition of the Indonesian Navy, and features a canteen, stage and a children's play area.
Built by Raden Rahmatullah in 1421 and located on Ampel Street, the Ampel Mosque is one of the oldest and most crowded mosques in Surabaya. Visitors and pilgrims arriving at the mosque are greeted by merchants selling various prayer supplies, and souvenirs such as clothing, prayer beads, cowls, caps, and perfume. The Sunan Ampel Mausoleum is located in a building west of Ampel Mosque.
Located on Setail Street, the Surabaya Zoo is the largest and most comprehensive zoo in Southeast Asia. Opened in 1916, this expansive, 37-acre (15-hectare), Dutch-Colonial heritage zoo is home to nearly 400 different animal species and 2,806 animals. The Surabaya Zoo is divided into various sections, including mammals, apes, reptiles, fish, birds, and more.
Sepuluh Nopember Museum
The Sepuluh Nopember Museum was built to clarify the existence of the Heroes' Monument, and study the events of 10 November 1945 in Surabaya. The first floor of the museum features 10 statue exhibitions symbolising the spirit of the Surabaya people, along with a narrated electronic diorama about their struggle for independence. The second floor includes displays of weapons, reproductions of documented photographs and the Bung TOMO omission collection.
Wedoro Shoes Centre
For many years, the village of Wedoro, located in the Waru district, Sidoarjo Regency, has been the centre of leather sandal and shoe production, as well as batik and 'tempe' products. The Wedoro Shoes Centre opened in 1978, and its wares are distributed by merchants in the Turi Market, Blauran Market and supermarkets in-and-around Surabaya.
Wira Surya Monument
The Wira Surya Monument serves as a tribute to the many Surabayan troops and civilians killed during the battle between Surabayan and Sekutu troops, which took place from 28th - 30th October 1945 around the Wonokromo Bridge and Surabaya Zoo areas.
W.R. Soepratman Museum
Wage Rudolf Soepratman was a musician, author of the Indonesia national anthem and a revered figure among the Surabayan people. The W.R. Soepratman Museum, dedicated in his honour, is highlighted by period photos, artefacts, his value, and a statue of him playing.
Surabaya offers a diverse selection of wonderful outdoor activities, including the fun-filled and exciting Ciputra Water Park, expansive Surabaya Zoo, and golfing at several picturesque and challenging locales, including the elite Bukit Darmo, Yani, Graha Famili, Ciputra, Pakuwon, Taman Dayu, Fina, and Semen Gresik golf courses. Surabaya's bustling harbour, beaches, mangrove forests, fishing communities, coastal environments, and ecosystems abound with exotic flora and fauna, diverse bird and fish species, and marine life and wildlife. Scenic and memorable water-based excursions include exploring and fishing in the mangrove forests, sailing, swimming, boating and canoeing at Kayoon Park, fishing and sailing at Old Kenjeren Beach, and tennis, horseback-riding, motorcycling, swimming, and fishing at New Kenjeren Beach.
Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship.