If you love history and are enthusiast in learning more about Indonesia's, a visit to Monumen Kapal Selam is a must. Located at Jl. Pemuda Surabaya, it is very easy to notice the monument as it is the only place that display a gigantic submarine. It wasn't just an ordinary old submarine though. The submarine was a large part of the nation's history particularly during Operation Trikora in which Indonesia launched an invasion to the New Guinea and East Timor. It might have retired now, but it serve a new purpose, that is to educate many people about Indonesia's maritime history.
Diving Deep Inside The History of Monumen Kapal Selam (And What's Around)
KRI Pasopati 410's History
Now that you've fired up, can we enlighten you with a brief history of Monumen Kapal Selam? Formerly known as KRI Pasopati 410, the Whiskey Class submarine have served Indonesia Navy for years until 1990. It also involved in Operation Trikora and other military operations conducted by Indonesia government at that time. The vessel was assembled in Russia and bought by Indonesia during Cold War in 1950. While it used a very outdated technology compare to modern warfare at the same era, KRI Pasopati 410 was proven to be useful in many Indonesia's military operations.
Monumen Kapal Selam's First Chamber
The first chamber is located in the submarine 's hull where all four submarine torpedo tubes are. The storage for spare torpedoes are also can be found inside, while the sonar dome is located right under the deck.The submariners resting room is also located here.
Monumen Kapal Selam's Second Chamber
Monkasel's second chamber acted as a lounge room for the commisioned officer. It also a place where they would enjoy their meal and did their works. Old photos of 13 Pasopati 401's officers are displayed here. Right below the chamber was where the submarine's Battery Room is located. The Battery Room was used as a backup or uninterruptable submarine's power system.
Monumen Kapal Selam's Third Chamber
The third chamber is Operations Room where all sorts of communication devices are at. The submariners would coordinate their preparation for combat in the room. Devices such as Gyro Compass, periscope, inner engine room, and sonar set room are also located in this chamber. Right below the chamber's deck is a food storage room.
Monumen Kapal Selam's Fourth Chamber
The fourth chamber of Monkasel is a place where non-commisioned officers took a rest for the day. There is also a kitchen where the submariners would prepare meals. Right below its deck is Battery Room Group 2. There's also a washroom with a wastafel where the staffs would wash their face and hands.
Live Music in Monumen Kapal Selam
Stay in Monkasel until late afternoon to join in for some musical fun. There is a live music held near the monument where local musicians are showing their musical skills. You can enjoy their performances from up close, or you can also enjoy it while enjoying delicious foods in nearby cafes. Some cafes even offer a direct view of Kalimas River.
How to Get Tickets?
Monumen Kapal Selam is a perfect destination for those who are a bit tight on budget. The main reason is because the attraction doesn't require you to pay any admission fee.
How To Get Around?
To go around from Monumen Kapal Selam to other attractions can be easily done by taking a taxi or using Grab service.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Monumen Kapal Selam is in the afternoon, the weather will be less hotter during that time so you can explore the area as long as you want. If you don't mind with the crowds, you can come at weekend, there usually some sort of music performances held near the monument.
How To Get There?
Monumen Kapal Selam can be easily reached by taxi or any public transportation manners because it's located in the the heart of Surabaya. You can also use Grab car service, other option is by driving your own car but do it only if you are familiar with the traffic (and you own a driving license).
For those with claustrophobia might want to rethink twice before you decided to enter Monumen Kapal Selam. The inside part of the vessel is cramp and might be a bad news for you. You can chill at the park instead.