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Surabaya is located in the East Java Province of Indonesia. It is Indonesia’s second largest city after Jakarta. It sits on the north shore of East Java at the Mas River mouth. Indonesians refer to it as the “city of heroes”. The origin of the name Surabaya is interesting. Local folklore states that a massive shark and an equally large crocodile fought for supremacy in the area. The “sura” in Surabaya translates to “shark” while “baya” refers to a crocodile. This folklore is depicted in the city’s logo where a crocodile and a shark are shown encircling one another as if ready to do battle.
Surabaya was briefly occupied by the Japanese in 1942 during the second world war and suffered allied bombing as a result in 1944. It was then seized by Indonesian nationalist before the British tried to annex the area resulting in the bloody Battle of Surabaya.
The city is currently one of the largest cities in south east Asia with a burgeoning population of about 3 million people. There are many slum areas and a large industrial area. It is a multi ethnic community composed of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Arabs and Europeans. Most of the inhabitants speak Suroboyoan, a Javanese dialect. Islam is the main religion though there is also a substantial Christian population.
Proximity to the equator ensures warm temperatures throughout the year. Flooding is common during the rainy season as a result of a poor drainage system and burst sewers.
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holidays - Top Events
The Surabaya Culture Parade is on the popular events held every year in Surabaya. It is held to celebrate the anniversary of Surabaya. Various exhibitions are held to show Surabaya's culture and include various performing arts. The festival is an expression of happiness for the city’s anniversary.
holidays - How to Get There
Direct Flights from Australian cities to Surabaya are currently unavailable. However, a number of airlines operate direct flights to Jakarta, Bali and Dili from where it is easy to connect to Surabaya. The main airlines are Air Asia, Qantas, Virgin Blue and Singapore Airlines It takes an average of 7 hours to fly from Sydney to Jakarta and another one hour to Surabaya