Old Chinatown

, Surabaya Great colonial architecture

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In the northern part of town, closer to the docks than what is nowadays known as the centre of the city, is what is commonly referred to as the old Chinatown.

Much of the old Chinese influence has waned aside from a few Chinese temples and all that is left is row after row of very old buildings filled with piles of stock.

Trucks, motorbikes, handcarts and becaks all line up to transport their cargo around Surabaya and indeed around the whole of Indonesia such is the importance of trade to this port city.

A good way to experience the old Chinatown is to simply order a coffee at one of the many warungs lining the streets and sit and watch the world go by. There are plenty of great photo opportunities around here for those that are so inclined.

Start at the famous Jembatan Merah (red bridge) on the corner of Jalan Rajawali and Jalan Jembatan Merah and head east. Turn right down Jalan Karet and all the streets in this area will provide an interesting glimpse into the past.

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Last updated: 12th July, 2012

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