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The centre of the Indonesian freedom movement, Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia. With mixed Islamic, Chinese, Dutch and Indonesian culture surrounded by traffic and high buildings, this city is another unique mix of traditional and modern.
Surabaya, at first glance, may not seem appealing to any tourist, and most tourists just pass it as a transit point to Bali. The high buildings, the pollution and the appalling traffic may deter some tourists, but Surabaya has these pockets of rich culture that are bound to fascinate many tourists. With 21st century development and quickly growing technology, and its eclectic Javanese culture, Surabaya displays an interesting mix. The highlights of this city include its sprawling botanical gardens, the immaculately maintained Sampoerna Museum, beautiful churches, mosques and large markets. Therefore this place becomes a must-visit hub of Indonesian culture that no tourist wishing to explore Indonesia can miss.