Visitors may be surprised that there’s a Russian war submarine in Surabaya. Used by the Indonesian navy until 1990, the submarine was later decommissioned and is now a museum, located in a landscaped park. You can climb aboard, literally, and tour the sub to get some great insights into the history of Indonesia’s navy. After that, grab a cuppa at one of the cafes dotted around the park.
7. Taman Bungkul
The bustling city can be overwhelming at times and taking time out at Taman Bungkul is a great way to chill out. One of the main parks in the city, you’ll find people relaxing or catching up with friends here. It’s also the perfect place for an evening stroll should you feel like working off some of the delicious snacks you had during the day.
This Chinatown is one of the biggest in Indonesia, which makes it a must-visit. The main road, Jalan Karet, is filled with crumbling colonial architecture. As expected, you’ll find all sorts of Chinese-themed shops and restaurants here, and will certainly not leave empty-handed. Be sure that your phone is fully charged as the picture opportunities are endless.
9. Masjid Muhammad Cheng Hoo
A large number of the population in Surabaya are Chinese Indonesians. The Masjid Muhammad Cheng Hoo, or Cheng Hoo Mosque, is seen as a sacred monument dedicated to the Chinese who originally came to the city as traders, and is testament to just how well they have integrated into the local culture. With its signature bright red, yellow and green, it’s a powerful structure that could leave you entranced for hours as you soak in the serenity it exudes.
– TEXT BY JESSICA FARAH
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.