Arab Quarter


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Arab Quarter

One of the centerpieces in Surabaya's eclectic mosaic of a cityscape, the Arab Quarter (also called Ampel) is a must-visit area of the city that much resembles the mazy old Arabic town centers. While here, take time to see the expansive, marble-floored Ampel Mosque.

Do & See

Much of Surabaya’s heritage has been swept away by fast-paced modernisation, and the city was also heavily damaged in the aftermath of World War II during the struggle for independence, earning its title the "Hero City" of Indonesia. As a result, it has rather few major visitor attractions, but boasts a couple of distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct flair, including the Arab Quarter and Chinatown. Surabaya is also home to Masjid Nasional Al Akbar, one of Southeast Asia's most imposing modern mosques.