Trip to The Old Town

Junior High School of Raudlatul Jannah follow free city sightseeing tour in North of Surabaya

The Surabaya Heritage Tour program comprises a tour around North of Surabaya or also known as Old Surabaya on a city sightseeing bus. Using a bus that is modeled after the tram that once roamed across the city in the past, so-called history trackers can enjoy and get to know the buildings and history of Surabaya, which is well-known as the city of history, learn the “Babad Surabaya” traditional history, the rich culture and obtain information about other interesting places to visit in Surabaya.

Surabaya City is a thriving old town during the Dutch colonial period. Therefore, Surabaya is rich in historical tourism potential. Browse this city and we will find buildings that are still Dutch colonial style.

One way to explore the northern city of Surabaya, which is rich in colonial history is to follow the Surabaya Heritage Tour organized by the House of Sampoerna. A guide ready to accompany we on the way to explaining the stories behind each historical building. Starting point of this tour was in the House of Sampoerna (HOS), Taman Sampoerna 6, Surabaya. To be able to participate in the Surabaya Heritage Tour, we need to register the day before. No negrope our pocket, because the tour is free.

There are two routes you can choose depending on the length of the trip. Short tour of Surabaya Heritage Tour which has a duration of about 1-1.5 hours from the HOS route, Tugu Pahlawan, PTPN XI, and back again to the HOS. During this short tour, guides will explain the buildings are skipped. Junior High School of Raudlatul Jannah had time to follow this short tour. With agile, the guide tells the stories behind some of the buildings seemed to return to the past.

For example, an area that now is a row of shophouses, it was was a famous restaurant in the colonial Dutch who have ballroom . Dutch youth commonly gather and dance while enjoying a luxurious dinner meal at this place.

In this short tour, the bus will stop at two places, namely the Tugu Pahlawan and PTPN XI. Participants can tour around and see things in both places. Unfortunately provided only a short time so if we follow this tour, be prepared to explore all dissatisfied Tugu Pahlawan and PTPN XI.

Tugu Pahlawan Surabaya is a city icon. This monument was built to commemorate Heroes Day. Upon entering the area of this monument, you will be greeted with a satue of Sukarno and Hatta, complete with the writings of the struggle such as “Freedom or Death”.

This monument was inaugurated by President Sukarno in 1952. In the area there are monuments museums. To get into the museum we have to pay      Rp 2. 000. In this museum we can see the sculpture exhibit and carvings depicting events of 10 November 1945.

While the PTPN XI established in 1924 is emblematic of the sugar industry conglomerate during the colonial period. In the 1930s, the Government of the Netherlands East Indies had become a reliable exporter of sugar in addition to Cuba. Until today this building is the office of the sugar industry under the PT. Perkebunan Nusantara XI. The building is very grand and full of great carvings and mosaic glass.

If we look closely at certain parts of the building of PTPN XI, there are pieces as if there is a gap in between. This is not one architecture, but was intentional. In the gap there is the rubber that surrounds the building. There are two rubber track that divides the building into three parts symmetrical. Its function is to dampen vibrations during an earthquake so that the buildings remain stable. (SW)

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