Surabaya is located in the northeastern part of Java, and is also the capital of East Java. Surabaya’s actual name is thought to come from a local myth in which a shark (suro) and a crocodile (baya) fought to prove who was the most powerful. As the second largest city in Indonesia, it was at the center of trade and commerce as part of the Dutch East Indies colony. Surabaya is known locally as Kota Pahlawan, or the City of Heroes, as this destination played a most important role during the Indonesian independence and national revolution. Its zoo was the first place to successfully breed endangered orangutans in captivity. This popular national shopping destination is ideal for gadget lovers seeking out the latest technology.
Hotel Majapahit is an historic colonial mansion located in Surabaya. Inaugurated in 1911, the hotel has seen footfall from luminaries such as Prince Leopold III of Belgium, Princess Astrid of Sweden and Charlie Chaplin.