The City of Surabaya is dominated by business, and not many tourists visit here. However, it is the gateway for Mount Bromo on the island of Bali, a volcano that almost constantly belches smoke.
In the Port of Surabaya’s Old Town, the Grahadi is the residence of the colonial governor of East Java. Today, visitors can watch the traditional Reog dance nearby at the historic Youth Hall. Also nearby is the Balai Pemuda, an art center. Reminders of the colonial period can be found throughout the city.
The 1862 House of Sampoerna in the Old Port of Surabaya is a historic site and a top tourist destination. Containing an art gallery, museum, café, and shop, the colonial compound’s museum has a show where girls roll Indonesian cigarettes at amazing speed. It was used as a Dutch orphanage until 1932, when the cigarette producer Sampoerna bought it. The Pasar Ampel is a big Arab marketplace selling carpets and other goods. Nearby is the mosque and grave of one of Java’s nine Muslim saints, Sunan Ampel.
The G-Walk in west Surabaya offers many food stalls and nighttime bazaars offering many good local foods. Crowded at night, it’s a favorite hang-out for young people. Three kilometers south of the city is the Surabaya Zoo, one of Southeast Asia’s largest and best zoos. The zoo has exhibits of birds, a freshwater aquarium, night animals, and a variety of mammals. The Ciputra Waterpark offers water fun with pools for swimming, riding waves, and sliding. It’s located near the CitraRaya complex.
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