According to local lore,
the traditions of the bull races began when ploughmen raced each other
across grassy plains under the eye of the King of Sumanep, Panembahan
Sumolo. This grew, as all popular sports, into a lucrative industry,
where winning studs are bought and bred for large sums of money. In
truth, there are a certain number of criteria a bull must have to be
eligible, and bull breeders keep their young bulls on a tight diet of
medicinal herbs, honey, raw eggs and beer until such time they are fit
enough to race. The first races held in early April are small, local
affairs, with winners moving on to the Grand Final at Pamekasan, the
capital. The explosion of wild colors, flowers and finery of 100 gilt
adorned bulls is a breathtaking sight for all to behold as they parade
around the stadium to the powerful fanfare of the Gamelan and gongs to
excite the bull, which is simultaneously being fed arak, to release
its tensions; at that point the bull is released, charging headlong
into the field, or just as often into the crowd of spectators with
equal abandon. The best time ever recorded by a bull was just over 9
seconds in the 100 meter dash track, much faster than man's fastest
attempt; to the winning jockey, generous prizes, to the bull a
comfortable lifestyle at stud. Major races are held at Bangkalan,
Pamekesan and Sumanep. The East Java Tourist Office in Surabaya will
have precise details of the races as well as a full calendar of
WHERE TO EAT IN
A variety of
cuisines are available in Surabaya. Good quality western food is most
likely found in hotel outlets while Indonesian or Chinese food is best
sampled in the restaurants along the main streets. The Kuningan
International Seafood restaurant is a classic Chinese seafood palace.
One famous Surabaya restaurant has now opened branches across Java:
Soto Ambengan offers authentic Soto Ayam, Surabaya chicken soup.
Charcoal Steak Grill
World Trade Centre 6th
Jl. Pemuda 26-31 Surabaya
New Grand Park
Hotel Golden Park
Jalan Samudra No. 3-5 Lt.3 Surabaya
Manyar Kertoarjo No. 33-33A
Surabaya Phone (031) 591 0206
Pasar Atom 4th floor
Jl. Bunguran No.45,
Tunjungan Plaza 7th
JL. Basuki Rachmat
Phone: (031) 60261
Top Ten Club
Tunjungan Plaza 8th
JL Basuki Rachmat
Phone: (031) 60261
JL. Tunjungan No.3,
Jalan Raya Gubeng
Phone: (031) 5035776
Jalan Raya Gubeng 44 Surabaya
Phone: (031) 503 8263
Jalan Taman Apsari No. 3-5 Surabaya
Surabaya is well served by up-market chain hotels, including the Hyatt
Regency, Radisson Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Patra Hilton Hotel and the
local Sahid chain. The Garden Palace is a long established locally
operated hotel while the Majapahit is a historical property
refurbished and now operated by Mandarin Oriental. The Surya Hotel is
a good choice in the hill resort of Tretes.
GETTING AROUND IN SURABAYA
There is an hourly shuttle service from Jakarta, frequent flights form
Bali and Ujung Pandang and a direct service from Singapore, Taipei,
Guangzhou, Perth and Hong Kong. Fast, comfortable trains travel
overnight from Jakarta. Luxury bus services operates from Bali and
Garuda Indonesia has five daily flights operating from Denpasar to
Surabaya, and one from Bandung. In addition the national carrier runs
twelve daily shuttle flights between Jakarta and this East Javanese
provincial capital, with the private airline Mandala offering three
The state-owned company Pelni maintains regular passenger services
between Surabaya and Jakarta; Ujungpandang, Balikpapan, Denpasar,
Ambon and Manado, with each of its six its six liners-the KM Kambuna,
KM Rinjani, KM Umsini, KM Kerinci, KM Tidar and KM Lawit-sailing twice
a week in either direction.
The 900-kilometer distance between Jakarta and Surabaya can be
traveled in about 14 hours over land by private car or bus via Cirebon,
Semarang and Tuban, on the north coast. The trip by train over the
same northern route normally takes about 16 hours. Trains depart
Jakarta's Gambir railroad station for East Java twice a day.
A large city with modern conveniences, taxis are readily available
from your hotel, alternatively make arrangements with your concierge.
Should they not be available, we are sure these numbers will help you.
Jln. Klampis Anom I/3
Phone: (031) 5949713
Jl. Puri Widya
Kencana Bl. K-2/16
Phone: (031) 5018553
Jl. Sawentar 1B
Phone: (031) 501336
Jl. Tegalsari 107
Phone: (031) 5311777
Jl. Platuk Donomulyo
Phone: (031) 377-0818
Chauffeur-driven rented cars are available in all large towns.
Self-driven vehicles are also available, though not recommended, for
intricate travel. Established taxi services and car rental companies
offer fixed rates for hourly or specific routes. If you choose to
drive your self, a valid International Driving License is required.
Most International road conventions are observed in Surabaya, although
right-of-way tends to go to the larger vehicle and turns are not
always signalled. Remember to drive on the left and overtake only on
the right. Turning left at a red light is allowed only when indicated.
Do not expect other drivers to obey traffic laws or conventions,
including traffic lights.
Surabaya is a busy port town, and a
walk to the old harbour should not be missed. Filled with a variety of
vessels ranging from brightly painted schooners to aging warship,
there are always sights to see at the harbour. However, shopping and
golf also feature prominently on the Surabaya 'to do list'.
bronze) JL. Jend.
JL. Trunojoyo 33
Phone: (031) 66665
Jl. Tunjungan 97
Wing On Art
JL. Basuki Rahmad 5
basket works silver,
JL. Tunjungan 7
Yani Golf Club
Finna Golf and
Jl. Raya Darmo No.
23 - 25
577874 Fax: 572318
Jalan Bukit Darmo
Golf Blok G-2
Phone: (031) 731
Phone: (031) 7315500
Citra Raya Utama
Citra Raya Surabaya
Phone: (031) 741 2555
The most interesting areas of Surabaya are the old Arab and
Chinese quarters at the nortern end of the city, not far from the
harbour. Spend some time wandering the narrow lanes to the east of Jl.
K.H. Mas Mansyur, around the mosque and the Holy Grave of Sunan Ampel,
one of the nine saints who propagated Islam on the Island. Many stalls
around the mosque sell handmade textiles from all over Java.
Just to the south of here, at Jl. Dukuh II/2 is the Hong Tik Hian
Temple, where Chinese hand-puppet (potehi) performances are put on
daily for the benefit of the assembled deities. And just across Jl.
Kembang Jepun, on Jl. Selompretan, stands Surabaya's oldest Chinese
shrine-the 18th Century Hok An Kiong Temple-built entirely of wood in
the traditional manner by native Chinese craftsmen. The temple's
central deity is Ma Co, the protectress of sailors. From the Chinese
quarter, walk West ward along Jl. Kembang Jepun to the famous "Red
Bridge" straddling Kali Mas canal. This lies at the very heart of the
19th Century commercial district, where many dilapidated Dutch
ware-houses and office buildings still stand.
Named after the bitter (pahit) maja fruit, Majapahit, made Singasari
in the late 13th century as the dominant power and became the most
powerful kingdom ever in Indonesia, where during the 14th century
became the golden age of cultural and ploitical development which
until today, historical figures and Hindu and Buddhist influenced
motifs remain popular. Located south west from Surabaya and around
10km from the town Mojokerto lies Trowulan, where it is sorrounded by
100 square kilometers of archaeological site.