People said that one of things that you must do when you have only a short time in Surabaya is to join a tour from House of Sampoerna. For your information, there are three schedules every day from Tuesdays to Sundays. Each schedule has different route. One is only allowed to join one tour in the same day. I have joined, once, (see my previous post) and it was addictive. So, my friends and I booked another tour called Babad Surabaya last Saturday, 17 September 2016.
Note: You can make a reservation by phone (+6231) 3539000 ext 24142, or you can come earlier at 8:30 to get on-the-spot quota.
Surabaya Heritage Track Schedule
If you join Babad Surabaya Tour, you will learn the history of Surabaya by visiting some three historical places. (I don’t want to spoil the story here, please join the tour if you are curious ;p )
1. Kampung Keraton
That was my tour guide explaining the history of the old kingdom of Surabaya. This area is assumed as the place where the old kingdom was.
2. City Hall
Old building, people usually gather here to exercise in the evening. One special thing is.. that they have a door that is still linking to more than 250’ish underground channel in Surabaya. The tour guide invited us to come inside. Not much to see inside because the link was closed because the government’s concern of safety.
It’s actually an art and cultural center. They have some stands selling souvenirs and local food.
This tour was educative. One of my friend was born in Surabaya. She was raised in Surabaya. And she works in Surabaya. But, she learned a lot from joining this tour. So, whether you are a local or foreigner, please joined the tour you would like to see.🙂
Another place that you should visit in Surabaya is KAMPUNG LAWAS MASPATI, a historical site and green village in Surabaya. It’s a tourist village run by the local people and supported by the local government (sponsored by local companies).
In this village, you can learn how to recycle the trash, manage the waste water, do local food processing, and see some local herbal plants. If you are interested with history, you can visit some old buildings, like school, army base camp, house of national hero, etc. For fun, ask the locals to play some games with you. Local food and drink are also available for you if you love culinary.
It’s best visited when they have a festival or when you are in a large group. When I came last Saturday around 9 am, I was on my own. It’s so deserted. All the historical buildings were closed. Luckily, I met an kind old woman, Bu (Mrs.) Pipik, who assisted me to hang around the village.
with Bu Pipiek
Come and visit Kampung Lawas Maspati
As a port city and national heroes cities, there were indeed some museums in Surabaya where people can learn about the history. This chance I explored Surabaya Submarine Museum (map) located around city center.
The entrance fee is 10K IDR when I came last February 2016. This is actually an ex-submarine where people can go in and see what’s inside. I felt so thrilled when I was inside because it stimulated the images on how life was as a sea navy. I could see how the sleep, eat, defense, and attack the enemy. At some hours, they played old movie about how strong Indonesian navies are. (This one I have no doubt since Indonesia is the world’s largest island country situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans.)
They have public swimming pool around the area
One of corner inside the building
If you search posts with hashtag SurabayaHeritageTrack, you’ll see pictures captured during the free tour provided by HouseofSampoerna.
Last Independence Day, I celebrated my country anniversary by joining the tour with some friends. The plan should have savored the cultural heritage of Hok Ang Kiong Temple and Escompto Bank. However, the tour moved to Tugu Pahlawan (Heroes Monument) (map). It was good timing since it was really matched to our Independence Celebration.
The tour guide was really informative. For every buildings I passed through, he told us the short story related to it. I felt smarter after finishing the tour. Yeah!
I didn’t have a chance to picture the building since I was inside the bus, but let them be some surprises for you if you want to join a tour someday :p
The monument. The entrance fee was 5.000IDR for person
Statues of Proclamators
The track from House of Sampoerna to Heroes monument
Another tourist attraction in Surabaya, Kenjeran Park. Two times I visited this place, I found it very crowded, full of families spent time together, young people having a date, some tourist go here and there. Not really good, but impressive enough for this place is quite photogenic. You can walk from one point to another, but it’s better if you can come with a rental car.
Sanggar Agung Temple (Hong San Tang Temple) map
People praying. People said that during a full moon, many singles come to pray,- asking for a blessing to get a spouse.
Mother of dragon
4 Faces Buddha Status (map)
The WindmillsAcross this area, they have a pagoda. However, we could not enter the site since they have been booked for a club gathering.
This is still new. Officially open on July 9, 2016,
The sight from above the bridge
You can have a glimpse of Suramadu bridge
Sunset view from the bridge
Currently, I am assigned to a project in a port company in Surabaya. As mentioned by Wikipedia, Surabaya is the second-largest-city in Indonesia after Jakarta. This port city is also known as “City of National Heroes”. For me, this city is really “something”. Staying in this city make me feel like I’m living in a dream. It’s a modern city with strong sense of Dutch, Chinese, Arab, Javanese cultural heritage. I never feel bored with the sight along the way from my hotel to my clients (and vise versa). This time, I spent my half day to walk a small part of Surabaya Heritage Tracck.
1. House of Sampoerna (map)
In short, this is the first cigarette factory of Sampoerna. The management then transformed it into museum, shop, cafe, and art gallery. The visitors can see the small production plant there. Free tour bus is also provided. It will bring you around some historical landmarks in old city area of Surabaya. Unfortunately, I never make my way to join the tour. Hopefully soon.🙂
More info about house of sampoerna and the tour:
2. Jalan Gula (map)
We have been heard about the beauty of Gili Labak Beach so long before we experienced it first hand. We joined an open trip tour from Gililabakisland (235 K / pax). We were picked up at our hotel in Surabaya by a mini van bus (11 pm). The travel time to the point where we move to a boat to Gili Labak should have been 3 hours, but we waited other passengers. We finally reached the basecamp to get your breakfast around 4.30 pm. After having breakfast, we sailed a boat for two hours to Gili Labak Island.
Sunrise on 6 Aug 2016
And here we go, we were at Gili Labak once in a while.
Enjoy the view once in a while
We did snorkeling, too, not really far from the beach. But, sadly the coral looks dying and I didn’t look many variety of fishes.
We sailed back to Madura around 12 pm. Lunch provided when we reached the tour basecamp (around 2-3 pm). From there, we headed our journey back to Surabaya around 4 pm and arrived to our hotel again around 8 pm. Overall, this escape was worth the journey.