NEW DESTINATION ANNOUNCED: EXPERIENCE SURABAYA, MALANG AND BROMO IN EAST JAVA!
By Fiona Bettesworth | 1 November 2017
We are very excited to announce a new destination – Real Indonesia is going to be offering unique travel experiences in Surabaya, Malang and Bromo in East Java!
Where is East Java?
East Java is the eastern third of the island of Java. Java is home to more than half of Indonesia’s population, it’s the long narrow island that stretches across the middle of Indonesia on a map.
Surabaya, the capital of East Java, is the second-largest city in Indonesia, with a population of about 2.7 million people. It’s a pre-colonial town, with the earliest record of it in the 13th century. It was one of the earliest port cities in Southeast Asia and rivalled Shanghai and Hong Kong. Surabaya is famously known as ‘The City of Heroes’, as forces in Surabaya played a crucial role in fighting for Indonesia’s independence against the British at the Battle of Surabaya in November 1945.
Malang is a city in East Java with a population of about 1 million people, although at times it has more of a ‘big town’ vibe. Surrounded by two groups of mountains, Malang has a very pleasant mild/cool climate.
Malang is an urbanised city which still maintains much of its historical character including Dutch colonial architecture. There is lots to explore in Malang, from visiting the Village of Colour to just hanging out in the Alun Alun (public park in the city centre).
Mount Bromo is 2km tall volcano located within the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Seeing the sunrise at Bromo is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Java, with both domestic and international tourists. The name Bromo is derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god, and hold significant spiritual value. At Bromo you can have spectacular views of the surrounding volcanos and also visit the crater of the volcano.