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    Stay in the Hotel Majapahit

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2013

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    The Majapahit was built in 1910 by the Sarkie brothers who designed the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. We've come across lots of their hotels on our travels such as The Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Penang, the Strand, Yangon. We had never actually stayed in one until this trip and stayed in the Majapahit at a really good price. They offer lots of deals as Surabaya does not have too many tourists.

    The hotel is just so tranquil and calming. Its rooms are built around courtyards filled with brightly coloured flowers and gurgling fountains. The staff are lovely and very friendly.

    Outside the front door of the hotel is traffic congested chaos; inside is birdsong and trickling water.

    The hotel has an interesting history. It was originally the Oranje Hotel. In 1945, as unrest was mounting and cries for independence were being heard all over Indonesia, someone made the error of raising the red, white and blue striped Dutch flag on the hotel's flag pole. The hotel was stormed , the flag was lowered and the bottom blue strip torn off turning it into a red and white Indonesian flag. Rioting ensued and the event helped earn Surabaya its nickname of City of Heroes. There is a small plaque in the hotel commemorating this event.

    The hotel has beautiful old colonial style rooms, a Chinese restaurant, a lovely outdoor swimming pool and a spa.

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    The Red Bridge and Chinatown

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012
    On Red Bridge near gateway to Chinatown.

    The Red Bridge, Jembatan Merah, was the site of some of the fiercest fighting in the struggle for independence. When we were there, it was the site of constant toing and froing of becaks (bicycle rickshaws). A gate marking the entrance to Chinatown stands to the east of the bridge.

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    traditiona art perfomance

    by titanfatahilah Written Jun 7, 2011

    enjoy a variaty of arts and culture of surabaya in traditional art perfomance event in surabaya culture center(balai pemuda)
    A show that able to present the uniqueness of the art of dance and music typical of surabaya

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    House of Sampoerna

    by chiabh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the beginning of sampoerna....
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    The House of Sampoerna is situated in old Surabaya in a stately colonical-style building... Before being bought over by its founder, Liem Seeng Tee, to be used as its first major cigerette production facility, it was used as a Dutch orphanage...

    Today, it is still used as a production plant for Indonesia's most pretigious cigarette ~ Dji Sam Soe... In addition, the original central auditorium is now a museum and the east side has been transformed to house a cafe, a merchandise kiosk and an art gallery....

    The House is opened to the public daily from 9am to 10pm except on Idul Fitri Holiday... There is no admission fee charged and no prior arrangement is required... Just walk in...

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    Muhammad Cheng Ho Mosque

    by chiabh Updated Jul 17, 2009

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    the front of the mosque...

    During the 15th century in the reign of the Ming Dynasty in China, Admiral Cheng Ho arrived in Semarang in 1410 and 1416 with his armada to spread Islam to Java... With many Chinese converted to Islam, it was then decided to build a Chinese mosque... In 2002, the Muhammad Cheng Ho mosque was completed and opened for worship... It was built in Chinese architecture form...

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  • Homestay, Live as Indonesian

    by moneyceo Written Feb 23, 2008

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    This activity is very hard to do as most of the Indonesian dont speak English. Contact me and I can be your translator. You are going to stay in locals home and do everything in their ways (travel, eating, entertainment). This is a very great and low cost experience.

    For singles, Surabaya is a city full of loves.

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    visit the old submarine

    by vayastra Written Oct 22, 2007

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    Surabaya has its famous attraction, it caled Monkasel - stands for : Monumen Kapal Selam : Old Submarine Monument.

    The entrance only IDR 5000/pax and they have tour guide also, you may give him tips if you satisfied.

    The monument is well preserved, unlike other historical site in Indonesia, I found it very rare to see one that well preserved.

    you may as well educated you children in this historical site that used to be real heroes in many Indonesian battles.

    onsists of 7 rooms. Among others are:
    Room 1: This room is bow-torpedo room equipped with 4 torpedo launchers, a place to restore reserve torpedo and place for the crew to take a rest. There is dome sonar below the deck.
    Room 2: This room is used as Officer Lounge Room. It is also used as eating room as well as working room for officer. There is a place for storing group II battery below the deck.
    Room 3: This room is Combat Information Center. It is a place for operating the ship and the center for conducting combat activity. There is a room for storing food below the deck.
    Room 4: This room is Lounge Room for Bintara (senior noncommissioned officer)/ Tamtama (lower-ranking noncommissioned officer) and kitchen. There is a place for storing group II battery below the deck.
    Room 5: This is a place of diesel motor, supporting instrument and its control.
    Room 6: This room is a place of ship-activator electromotor, supporting motors and its control.
    Room 7: This room is stern-torpedo room. There are 2 torpedo launchers functioned to attack or to deflect.

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    Hiking to Mt. Bromo - 2,329 metres above sea level

    by bladedragon Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    Hike up!
    Nice view if you can get a spot, it was totally crowded when I was there.
    It's best if you can catch the sunrise too.
    It's a 3 hours ride from Surabaya, you can bargain for a tour package including:
    A. 2D1N Bromo (for Rp 450,000.00)
    -Transport Surabaya-Bromo-Surabaya
    -1 night accomodation at Bromo
    -Jeep ride to mt. Penanjakan for sunrise
    -Horse ride to mt. Bromo
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    B. Midnight Bromo (for Rp 450,000.00)
    -Transport Surabaya-Bromo-Surabaya
    -Jeep ride to mt. Penanjakan for sunrise
    -Horse ride to mt. Bromo

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    Tugu Pahlawan ~ Hero's Monument

    by chiabh Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    The Hero's Monument or Tugu Pahlawan is dedicated to the fallen heros of Surabaya during the Independence War of 1945-49... Although there are many military statues in and around Surabaya, the Tugu Pahlawan is certainly the most imposing... The monument stands majestically in Taman Kebonrojo in Central Suarbaya..

    The Heroes Monument stands like a rocket pointed towards the moon... It is not ornate or even decorative or particularly large, but its simplicity may have been the deliberate plan of its architect to convey humble, rather than bellicose pride... Adjoining the monument is a museum where the history of the struggle of the people of Surabaya during the war are recorded and exhibited...

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    The Red Bridge ~ Jambatan Merah

    by chiabh Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    the bridge at night...

    The Red Bridge (or Jambatan Merah to the locals) is so named because the railings of the bridge is painted in bright red... Once the heart of colonial Surabaya, when the Red Bridge neighbourhood was at its prime, it was the geographical centre of the city... being halfway between the docks in the north and the administrative precinct in the south...

    Jambatan Merah is also of historical significant to the history of Indonesia... The Battle of Surabaya began on November 10, 1945, less than 3 months after the proclamation of the Indonesian Independence Day which was read in Jakarta... To maintain its dominance after the end fo the Second World War, the Dutch was helped by the British in Surabaya... The most savage fighting ever seen in Java was in the vicinity of the Red Bridge... It was on the Red Bridge that the British Brigader General Mallaby lost his life in battle...

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    Submarine Monument ~ Monumen Kapel Selam

    by chiabh Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    the museum...

    The Submarine Monument or Monumen Kapel Selam (or Monkasel in short) was built in 1995 and located at a park on Pemuda Street in Central Surabaya... On permanent exhibition is the KRI Pasopati, one of the de-commissioned submarine of the Indonesian Navy... Built in 1952, the Russian-built KRI Pasopati is a SS type Whisky Class submarine...

    Visitors can visit and view the complete section of the torpedo room, sailor lounge, combat information room, diesel engine room and other equipment installed in the submarine when it was in active duty...

    Monkasel is opened daily from 8am to 8pm (Mondays to Fridays) and from 8am to 10pm (Saturdays and Sundays)...

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    Kya Kya Kembang Jepun ~ Surabaya Chinatown

    by chiabh Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    chinatown ~ entrance arch from the red bridge...
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    Kya Kya means walking or strolling in Chinese... so it has been referred to as Walk Street... It is in Chinatown but the Surabaya Chinatown is just a one-street location and is completely quiet after business hours, unlike other Chinatowns in major cities of the world...

    To instil life into Chinatown after dark, Kya Kya was initiated... It has become the place for Chinese and Indonesia food... The street is closed with food stall set up for gourments... Music is provided by the 2 or 3 karaoke stalls set up in the area... For IDR5,000 or IDR10,000 donation, you can belt out your favourite Chinese or Indonesia songs to entertain the diners...

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    Surabaya Zoo

    by chiabh Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    The zoo is one of the largest of its kind in South East Asia covering some 16h of land... It is well stocked with a wide selection of tropical animals such as monkey, deer, zebra, lion, elephant, camel, tiger, orang hutan and birds... It also exhibits the famous Indonesian Komodo dragon (lizards)...

    The zoo is not well maintained for both animals and visitors alike... It is opend daily form 7am to 5pm... Admission fee is only IDR6,000...

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    Joko Dolog Statue

    by chiabh Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    the statue

    There are 3 legends on the existing of the Joko Dolog Statue...

    The first has it erected in 1289 in Wurare graveyard as the stage of Mpu Bharadah or in Kedungwalan village near Nganjuk Regency... The Statue is to honour Kertanegara, son of Wisnu Wardana, the great King of Singosari...

    The second said that Kertanegara built the statue in order to neutralise a curse which would prevent him from uniting several separate kingdom at his time...

    And finally, according to Surabaya residents, the staute was originally encaged in an elephant cage... In 1827, it was moved to its present site for people to pray homage...

    You can see evidence of people praying homage to the statue and appears to be very popular with Surabaya residents...

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    Grahadi Building

    by chiabh Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    from across the road...
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    Grahadi Building is now used as a convention hall and the official residence of the East Jaya Governor... It was built in 1795 by the then Dutch Commissioner Dick van Hogendorp (1974 to 1798)... It is a fine piece of Dutch architecture that remains elegant and imposing...

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