About the area:
Surabaya is a busy city, filled with busy people. The streets are lined with shops, the roads hum with traffic and throngs of pedestrians crowd the sidewalk. History is a living force here and the old trading quarters of the Dutch are fully functional even if occupied by new tenants. Buginese and Makassarese sailing boats share the harbor with freighters whose size defies the imagination. Mosques and temples that have been used for 500 years continue to receive pilgrims. In other cities, the old and the new stand in stark contrast; in Surabaya, they represent a continuum. The people of Surabaya have been working hard and playing hard for centuries, and visitors are welcome to join them.