Sakura Park and Bamboo Wood

Around eight years ago, I traveled to Surabaya to visit my cousin. She was a college student back then and still lived in a boarding house. She didn’t take me to many places but Suramadu bridge and some food courts. Some nights, she drove me around the city. I was happy but none of these actually really attracted me. I wasn’t fully impressed with Surabaya. Seldom I found green area in this city. It didn’t attract my eyes.

However, Surabaya has changed. Not entirely, but there are some significant changes for sure compared to my previous visit. When I traveled back some months ago, I saw more greeny parks everywhere provided with playground corners for children. It attracted my eyes as I am fond of plants and flowers. It’s always refreshing to see them. So, one of my request to Intan was to take me to one of these parks. Then she took me to Sakura park, the nearest park from her boarding house.

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Sakura park is located in Kaliputih Sukolilo, Surabaya, near with the famous campus area, such as ITS. The park is quite wide, since it has 8 hectares though at the moment only around two hectares have been occupied. Hence, many flowers and plants are planted neatly according to the species. The vibrant colors of the flowers attract the butterflies to come over which make the park look beautiful. Then, there are jogging tracks and benches too in the middle of the park to take a rest. However, when I was there, I think the benches available were too few considering its wide. On the other side of the park, there are many bamboos planted neatly in line which people often called it bamboo wood. The bamboos are mostly up straight and tall, similar with the bamboos from Japan, I think.

Surprisingly, before 2004, the area of Sakura park and Bamboo wood used to be used as the garbage dump. Then in 2004, the garbage dump was relocated to Benowo thus the area was emptied. Until in 2013, the mayor of Surabaya, ibu Risma, has developed the area into Sakura park and Bamboo wood in order to decrease air pollution and also to make it as a public recreation that people can enjoy.

closer look of the flowers

my friend, Intan

strolling around

 what is it? I don’t know 😅

in the bamboo wood

Seeing these changes, I can’t help myself feeling proud of the government of Surabaya, bu Risma as the mayor especially. I hope more leaders in this country like her, or like bapak Ridwan Kamil 😆. They do great job as the mayors, wholeheartedly.👍

Ticket:

Best time to visit : 

not at noon I suppose. It’s hot!

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Food Junction Grand Pakuwon

As we came too early at Surabaya North Quay, waiting for the sunset in this place would waste our time. Just before 3pm we moved our direction to Food Junction Grand Pakuwon where we could see the sunset with different view.

Just like its name, Food Junction Grand Pakuwon is a culinary destination where people can find various kinds of food and beverage in one place. There are many food stalls arranged neatly in line. The dining tables are set facing the big windows so that the view of the artificial lake in the middle can be seen clearly. If the customers feel bored after eating, they can walk around the lake and perhaps try some rides like carousel or Ferris wheel by the lake. There are some benches acrross the Ferris wheel where people can sit, relax, and enjoy the sun behind the Ferris wheel goes down.

In the night, there is  a lampion garden that makes this place more charming. But, to enter the lampion garden, each person has to pay Rp 20.000. We neither tried the rides nor entered the lampion garden because we determined to save our money for the following day, at the Surabaya Night Carnival.


Strolling around the lake, I found interesting sidewalk. I remember someone posted a road like this somewhere in Europe.

In the middle of the lake with the food court behind my back

Sitting by the lake

Sunset with Ferris wheel sillouate

I should have given a review of the food since this post is about a food court. But poorly I didn’t order any other than a drink. Haha. So see you next time!

Ticket :
Free. Just pay for parking the car or motorcycle.

Open: 

11am until 10 pm

Surabaya North Quay

Surabaya North Quay lies in the Tanjung Perak harbor. It has been opened since February 2016. It was built by Pelindo III purposively to prove that Indonesia, as a maritime country, also has a decent terminal border in the harbor. I have to agree, this area is quite decent.

To get to the location, first you need to enter the Tanjung Perak harbor area which the ticket entrance costs Rp 5000 for each motorcycle and Rp 7500 for each car. After paying the premi-ticket you don’t have to pay anymore (unless you buy food or something there). It’s cheap, isn’t it?

It was at noon when I was there. I heard a prayer call from somewhere within the harbor as I parked the motorcycle. My friend (Intan) and I strolled around the area to find the mosque where the prayer call came from. We were lost and it was very quiet. Until we met an officer who gave us the right direction, finally I was able to find a musholla which actually just few steps after Surabaya North Quay entrance. The entrance  actually was just straight across the parking lot and went northward. Foolishly, I went eastward because I thought I heard the call prayer from that side, that’s why we were lost.

As I entered the area, I was amazed with how well this place was designed. The bathrooms, musholla, halls, and cafetaria looked more modern and well organized. Moreover, I was fascinated by an exhibition hall in the second floor which showed where many arts of Indonesian cultures along with the written information about them on the large boards. Some of them were new for me as I had never about them before. I had to give my two thumbs up for the organizer of the exhibition. The idea was very exccellent. On the outside, benches and chairs were placed to enjoy the sceneries of vast ocean and the ships or even yachts pulling over. In the night, the view of this area can be more delightful. The lightbulbs in the night make the atmosphere more romantic and chic. But unfortunately, we came in the wrong time when the sun was hitting us hard. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed the visit.

 

if you are lucky, you will see a huge yacht pulling over across me

A smart way to introduce the arts and cultures of Indonesia. The passangers (local or international) can read this while they are waiting for the ship.

Ticket price :

Rp 5000 per motorcycle and Rp 7500 per car

Best
time to visit:

towards the evening about 4 pm until the evening around 7 pm