• Track the history of Surabaya

    Track the history of Surabaya

    Category: Destination, Ideas
    Issues: July 2015

    House of Sampoerna


    After a morning meeting, the heritage tour of Surabaya begins at the colonial-style House of Sampoerna. A bus, modelled after the tram that once serviced the city in the past, will take your group to Kampung Kraton, which literally means the royal village. Kampung Kraton is believed to be the gateway to the palace, and the bus ride takes about 15 minutes.

    Upon arrival at Kampung Kraton, participants will be guided through Kramat Gantung and Jalan Pahlawan, where traces of the ancient kingdom remain through villages named about the royal troops.


    The Surabaya Heritage Track will now make a stop at the City Hall, where your group will learn about the city’s past, how the name Surabaya came about, and the different city emblems used over the years.

    The City Hall itself is an interesting piece of history, as it was built in 1923 and started operations in 1927.


    Next stop, Cak Durasim Performing Art Centre which was once part of the Surabaya Kanoman Palace. The centre is now named after a traditional performing artist, Cak Durasim, who pioneered the Ludruk performance in Surabaya. The
    performance depicts local legends.


    The tour ends at the House of Sampoerna.

    This itinerary is part of Surabaya Heritage Track, a series of history themed tours by the House of Sampoerna