A while ago, I finally had the chance to stay in Surabaya for more than two days, as I usually only stayed there for a night or just for transit. This visit to Surabaya happened as I had a trip to Madura with some fellow bloggers. Then I thought of staying more than just a transit in Surabaya.
I didn’t really have a fix plan on what to do in Surabaya, but then I remember that I haven’t visited the House of Sampoerna. Apparently, it has a tour to visit some of the heritage places in Surabaya, called Surabaya Heritage Track. Sad that apparently, the tour was fully booked as there was a group booking for the tour.
As I don’t have any plans at that time, and I have already booked my Uber, so I just went to House of Sampoerna. House of Sampoerna is located quite near to Jembatan Merah, and I heard that there are many heritage buildings near Jembatan Merah. My plan then changed from joining the Surabaya Heritage Track to just walk to nearby area to see some of the heritage buildings in Surabaya.
A stroll on the afternoon in Surabaya
The route for this walk was unplanned, and I regret that I didn’t install a walking app to track my route. I only used my eyes to see which one is interesting and of course Google Maps haha.
When I walked out from House of Sampoerna, I was curious with the long-and-quite high wall nearby the place. It is of course a prison, as I could see a post station located on top of the corners of the walls. However, it seems abandoned, and it was painted with beautiful murals on most of the walls. So I asked one of the Ibu-ibu on a warong about the prison, and she said that it was actually a prison, but it is not being used anymore. Apparently the name is Penjara Kalisosok. The name ‘Kalisosok’ is used as one of the side is located on Jalan Kalisosok in Surabaya.
A stroll at Jalan Rajawali
I always love when old buildings are being preserved by just using it, instead of destroyed the buildings and change entirely with a new modern building. And usually, some of the government banks are the ones which used the old building for one of their branches. Don’t forget the post office too.
Just like when I walked out to the main road, which is Jalan Rajawali. If you love heritage buildings, then you will also love this street. But the most outstanding ones at Jalan Rajawali would be the brown tall building with several canopies at the front side, which is Ibis Surabaya building, and the cigarette building or sometimes is also called the lipstick building, as it has a tower looks like cigarettes or lipstick.
Apparently during the Dutch colonial era, the Ibis building, used to be a canning factory for food and drinks, including the Heineken Beers. Meanwhile the cigarette building was a sugar factory in the past. This building actually has a Dutch name, but as there were not so many people can speak Dutch, that’s why they called it as cigarette or lipstick building.
A stroll at Jalan Jembatan Merah and Jalan Veteran
At the end of Jalan Rajawali, I was hesitated, whether I should cross the Jembatan Merah bridge and walk straight to Jalan Kembang Jepun or make a right turn to Jalan Jembatan Merah. Well, I chose the latter, as I could still see some interesting heritage building on this street. Jalan Jembatan Merah is a short street, as it is followed by Jalan Veteran.
There are a few banks at Jalan Jembatan Merah here, such as Bank Mandiri, Prima Master Bank, and at the end of the street, there’s Maybank at the corner. However, you will also see a very noticeable old building with its two cats-with-the-wings statues in front of the building. It looks abandoned, as the white paint on the façade of the building started to peel off.
While I walked, I noticed a very familiar building on the right side of the street. It’s the Museum Hidup Polrestabes! I was here earlier this year on a contest like amazing race held by one of the budget hotel in Surabaya, called Pop Stasiun Race.
Then near the end of Jalan Veteran, I had to make another decision at the intersection, whether I should walk to the left to Stasiun Kota, or straight to Tugu Pahlawan, or right back to Jalan Rajawali. So I just decided to walk straight to Tugu Pahlawan.
A stroll at Jalan Pahlawan
Well, although I have gone to Tugu Pahlawan before, but I think it’s okay to make another visit again at that time. Apparently Tugu Pahlawan is located just beside the central bank of Indonesia, Bank Indonesia. And since I walked from Jalan Pahlawan, I actually walked at the back side of Tugu Pahlawan, while the entrance is located at the opposite side.
It was a long walk, and I didn’t realize that this will be the end of my afternoon walk, as not long after that, it was raining! Luckily, I found a minimart just in front of Tugu Pahlawan.
Looking at the map, I didn’t realize that I have walk quite far, well it’s only 2.5 km if calculated the distance on Google Maps!
How to reach Surabaya
If you have fondness with heritage buildings and want to go to Surabaya, there are plenty of ways to reach Surabaya. If you are from Jakarta, the fastest way to reach Surabaya is by plane. There are many flights to Surabaya, and you can check some websites that offers promotion and voucher discount, such as Saleduck, who knows you get a good deal! Other ways to reach Surabaya is by train and bus. It will take longer hours to reach Surabaya, but at least you can take the night train / bus, and you can just sleep throughout the night. This means, you can save your budget, by not staying in a hotel. You can check the train’s schedule to Surabaya in here.
I know there are more areas in Surabaya that has heritage buildings, I think even Jalan Kembang Jepun has heritage buildings too. I also got an information from one of the Uber drivers, that I could check Jalan Tunjungan for more heritage buildings. Yikes, is that a sign that I should visit Surabaya again? 😀
PS: I am not an expert for heritage or old buildings, so if the pictures showing a non-heritage or old buildings, just let me know.