7 Facts About Surabaya

1. In the era of 2010s, Surabaya has become a region for high-rise buildings in East Java, such as The Peak Residence and One Icon Residence.

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2. Since the early 1900s, Surabaya has been one of the most important and busiest trading city ports in Asia.

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3. In June 2011, Surabaya received the Adipura Kencana Award as number one among 20 cities in Indonesia.

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4. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Surabaya was the largest city in Dutch East Indies.

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5. At that time, Surabaya was already a major trading port, owing to its location on the River Brantas delta and on the trade route between Malacca and the Spice Islands via the Java Sea.

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6. The earliest historical record of Surabaya was in the 1225 book Zhu fan zhi written by Zhao Rugua, in which it was called Jung-ya-lu.

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7. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Surabaya was the largest city in the Dutch East Indies, larger than Batavia and the centre of trading in the nation, which was then a competitor of Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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