SURABAYA HER­ITAGE TRACK (SHT)

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The SHT (Surabaya Her­itage Track) pro­gram com­prises a tour around north Surabaya, also known as Old Surabaya, on a city sight­see­ing bus. Us­ing a bus mod­elled on the trams that once tra­versed the city in the past, his­tory track­ers can en­joy and get to know the build­ings and his­tory of Surabaya, learn about “Babad Surabaya” tra­di­tional his­tory, its rich cul­ture and ob­tain in­for­ma­tion about other in­ter­est­ing places to visit in the city. House of Sam­po­erna is the start­ing point for the SHT. It is lo­cated in old Surabaya. This stately Dutch colo­nial-style com­pound was built in 1862 and is now a pre­served his­tor­i­cal site. Pre­vi­ously used as an or­phan­age man­aged by the Dutch‚ it was pur­chased in 1932 by Liem Seeng Tee‚ the founder of the Sam­po­erna com­pany‚ with the in­tent of us­ing it as Sam­po­erna’s first ma­jor cig­a­rette pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity. The com­pound con­sisted of a large cen­tral build­ing‚ two smaller build­ings on the east and west sides and nu­mer­ous large‚ sin­gle story‚ open-space struc­tures be­hind the cen­tral build­ing. The side build­ings were con­verted to fam­ily res­i­dences and the large ware­house-like struc­tures were used to ac­com­mo­date fa­cil­i­ties for to­bacco and clove pro­cess­ing‚ blend­ing‚ hand-rolling and pack­ag­ing‚ print­ing and fin­ished goods pro­cess­ing. To­day‚ the com­pound is still func­tion­ing as a pro­duc­tion plant for In­done­sia’s most pres­ti­gious cig­a­rette‚ Dji Sam Soe. The orig­i­nal cen­tral au­di­to­rium is now a mu­seum and a shop. The east side has been trans­formed into a unique struc­ture con­tain­ing a café and an art gallery. While await­ing the SHT bus, visit the House of Sam­po­erna Mu­seum. It of­fers a truly unique ex­pe­ri­ence for visi­tors, from the story of the found­ing fam­ily to

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