Surabaya is a port city on the Indonesian island of Java. A vibrant, sprawling metropolis, it mixes modern skyscrapers with canals and buildings from its Dutch colonial past. It has a thriving Chinatown and an Arab Quarter.
For locals, Surabaya is closely linked to the birth of the Indonesian nation, as it was here that the battle for independence captured the world’s attention. To them, Surabaya is Kota Pahlawan (City of Heroes).