Kids’ Guide to Surabaya

August 17, 2016, marks Indonesia’s 71st year of independence. Known as the ‘city of heroes’, Surabaya – the capital of East Java – played a crucial role in securing independence for the country during the Battle of Surabaya. Visit this August to see the patriotic sights as the city drapes itself in red and white.

Heroes Monument

Dedicated to the Battle of Surabaya, the Heroes Monument stands 41m tall and has a museum behind it with exhibits that recount the struggle during the battle in which Indonesian fighters drove out the allies and Dutch forces.

Masjid Cheng Ho

Built in 2001, this mosque was the first in the country with Chinese-style architecture, reflecting the ethnic and religious diversity and tolerance of modern Indonesia. This truly unique mosque was named after Zheng He, who had sailed to Java in the early 15th century, honouring his accomplishments and contributions to Islam in Java.

Sura and Baya Statue

The city’s name is derived from the Javanese words suro, meaning ‘shark’, and boyo, meaning ‘crocodile’. The two creatures, according to local myth, fought each other in order to gain the title of the most powerful animal. Their epic battle for superiority is depicted in an iconic statue at the entrance to the city zoo.

Powerhouse Museum

Locally referred to as ‘Monjaya’,this towering statue stands 60.6m tall and is dedicated to the Navy. It depicts an Indonesian Navy officer wearing a ceremonial service uniform, complete with his sword of honour, staring far out over the sea as if he’s ready to challenge the ocean’s tides and storms. It represents the preparedness of the Indonesia Navy for glory and the optimism of future generations of Indonesians to come.

Monkasel (Submarine Monument)

This museum is unlike any you’ve ever seen. Monkasel (short for Monumen Kapal Selam, meaning ‘Submarine Monument’) is a former Russian submarine in service in the Indonesian Navy from 1962 to 1990. Now that it’s been retired here, you can climb all through the inside of a real submarine!