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Surabaya Travel Guide: 192 reviews and 397 photos

Surabaya is the capital of East Java Province. East Java itself has lots of interesting histories, cultures, and beautiful places to visit. And, Surabaya is the gate to visit other areas in East Java.

As the second largest city in Indonesia after the capital city of Jakarta, Surabaya plays an important role for the country.
Surabaya's development is affected much by the industrialization. There are some industrial estates or areas around the city or in the neighboring cities, which produce many different products for Indonesian market as well as for exporting.

Starting from year 2003, the government is building a bridge that connects Surabaya and Madura Island (in the north of Surabaya) to foster the delevopment of the local economy

Like other places in Indonesia, people living in Surabaya come from different ethnics and backgrounds. There are Javanese, Maduranese, Chinese, Balinese, and many others. As the city is close to Madura Island, the culture here is also affected much by the culture from the island. For example, what is considered as the traditional costume of Surabaya is basically the traditional costume from Madura island.


Places of interests in town include the Surabaya zoo, Mpu Tantular Museum, Tugu Pahlawan (the Monument of Hero), the "old town" area or Chinese Square, Arab Square.

Surabaya is well known as the City of Hero. It is related to the history of Surabaya around 1945. The battle between the Indonesians & the Dutch and British armies in Surabaya was the event which triggered other battles all over Indonesia in attempt to establish the independency from Dutch colonialism.

Another interesting history is about the Majapahit Kingdom. The Majapahit Empire was a great kingdom in East Java. The Kingdom ruled the areas of Malaya, Borneo, Sumatra, and Bali from about 1293-1500. Its greatest ruler was Hayam Wuruk (1350-1389). The Majapahit was the last of the great Hindu empires of the Malayan archipelago. The founder of the Majapahit Empire was Kertarajasa (the son-in-law of the ruler of the Singhasari kingdom, which was also based in Java). The Prime Minister and regent of Majapahit (1331-1364), Gajah Mada, extended the empire's rule to the surrounding islands.

After peaking the 1300s, Majapahit power began to decline with a war over succession that started in 1401 and went on for four years. Dates for the end of the Majapahit Empire range from 1478 to 1520.
The remains of Majapahit Empire is located around Trowulan.

More information and photos of Surabaya, visit:

Surabaya Tourism

Photos of Surabaya in the past

Traveling to East Java

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Popular things.....

- This monument (Tugu Pahlawan) is the symbol of Surabaya city, which is open for public.

- Popular food/beverage: rujak cingur, soto ayam, soto madura, ayam goreng, rawon, lontong mie, semanggi surabaya, angsle.

- popular fruit: mangoo (from neighboring city Probolinggo)

- local culture: reog (from neighboring city Ponorogo), and kerapan sapi/ the bull race (in Madura Island)

A place which I call home ......

Although Surabaya is not one of the most beautiful places in the world, I still call it home.

The name of Surabaya comes from the words "sura" (means shark) and "baya" (means crocodile), and there is a local tale about those shark and crocodile and the reason why this city is named Surabaya. In front of the Surabaya zoo there is a monument representing the story of "sura" and "baya".

The population in Surabaya is approx 3 million

If you like mountains, you can consider visiting East Java. There are many mountains in East Java which can easily be accessed from Surabaya. Most popular mountains are:
- Mt. Bromo
- Mt. Semeru
- Mt. Ijen
- Mt. Welirang
- Mt. Arjuno

Here is a map of other attractions around East Java

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:interesting places to visit, nice people, lots of good food
  • Cons:hot and humid, traffic jam, a bit polluted by the industries
  • In a nutshell:It's the gate to reach beautiful places around East Java
  • Intro Updated Jul 9, 2007
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  • CathyBrussels's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Hi. I have a flight landing in Surabaya and have to join some friends of mine in Probollingo. Any idea how I could get the infos on the busses, trains,... leaving for that destination? Thanks a lot. Cath.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Great page!

  • Dec 6, 2007 at 3:07 AM

    Yup, It's the best chinese noodle in town.

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2007 at 6:21 AM

    Amazing volcano views!! I hope to visit Indonesia one day. Greetings from Sofia!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2006 at 11:52 PM

    First photos I have seen of your home town. It looks very nice!

  • cokes's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2006 at 5:04 PM

    Thanks Fenny. Hey another trip , sounds good. So where were you in this world ;0)

  • kenari's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2006 at 6:41 AM

    thanks for the tips .visit your webpage.looking forward to spent my holiday in surabaya

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2006 at 7:10 AM

    Happy happy birthday to you!!!

  • Hui-Hui's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2006 at 5:42 PM

    I will visit Surabaya next Month. Thanks so much for your nice pages with detailed information which help me know better your interesting city. I can not wait to discover it by myself!

  • Jan 12, 2006 at 8:12 PM

    Hi, Thank you for the kind comments on my Cape Town Page! Your Surabaya page is great. Nice to learn so much. Thank you for sharing!

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