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Surabaya

This city used to be the trading hub for the illustrious inland empires of Java. Situated on the mouth of the Brantas River, today Surabaya is a modern industrial city, considered the economic and trading center of Eastern Java as well as home to the nation’s navy. As the capital of East Java, Surabaya is also the second most populated city in Indonesia.

For visitors, highlights of the city include its submarine museum locally known as Monkasel, the immaculately presented Sampoerna museum, the unique Cheng Hoo Mosque, the majestic Sanggar Agung temple or a visit to the island of Madura via the Suramadu Bridge.

Monkasel is a museum literally established inside a decommissioned Russian made submarine. It served the Indonesian navy from 1962-1990. You can tour inside and experience a slice of history. At the Sampoerna museum, visitors can learn about the long line of the tobacco industry and enjoy the visuals. There is also a city tour bus that can take you to the cities nearby landmarks.

The Muhammad Cheng Hoo Mosque was built in honor of the Chinese Admiral Cheng Hoo, who spread Islam  while he tradeds in eastern Java around the 15th century. Sanggar Agung, also known as Hong San Tang is a temple beautifully located overlooking the Kenjeran beach. The temple features an ocean gate with an impressive statue of Guan Yin guarded by a pair of heavenly dragons

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