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  • House of Sampoerna
    4.5 stars

    It's a beautifully presented attraction with a polished museum, trendy cafe and interesting city tours. Better still, the staff are professional, courteous and can speak English. The museum contains photos and memorabilia from the early 20th century when the factory was in its early stages of ... read more

  • Trowulan
    4 stars

    This famous Hindu-Buddhist empire was the precursor to modern-day Bali and many architectural qualities found in Balinese structures are seen in the buildings of Trowulan. It's a wonderful place to explore on becak as the driver takes you on a leisurely ride along quiet backroads to these ... read more

  • Old Chinatown
    3.5 stars

    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 ... read more

  • Makam Belanda Peneleh
    3 stars

    The expansive grounds of the cemetery contain the remains of many of the former Dutch colonial masters from years gone by and it is now preserved as a rarely visited tourist draw. If you're interested in this side of Indonesia's past, this place will give you hours of pleasure as you wander ... read more

  • Kong Tek Coen Ong Temple
    3.5 stars

    Upon entering the compound, you will see most people praying on the right and this area houses an abundance of candles in a moody and somewhat dark room. Moving across the alley to the left, a staircase leads up to a second floor of prayer rooms and dedications to religious figures associated with ... read more

  • Monumen Kapal Selam
    3.5 stars

    The boat was acquired by the Indonesian Navy in 1962 and saw active service up until the time it was decommissioned in 1990, at which time work began on turning it into a tourist attraction. This work finally came to fruition in 1998 when it was opened to the public. Visitors are allowed to ... read more

  • Kebun Binatang Surabaya (Surabaya Zoo)
    3.5 stars

    Surabaya zoo is home to a diverse range of animals including many types of primates, deer and birds, but they are kept in dire conditions that don't seem to have improved much despite international coverage of shocking animal deaths. A string of deaths have occurred in very recent years, ... read more

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