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One of the most popular attraction among modern millenials in Surabaya is North Quay. It is located in Gapura Surya Nusantara, a terminal for ferry passangers who arrived at Tanjung Perak Bay. It gives you a similar luxurious feeling with Clarke Quay in Singapore, where you can enjoy the scenic view of Tanjung Perak Bay and the renowned Suramadu Bridge in the distance, that is also remind you a lot of Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco California.
Top 6 Things to Do in and Around Surabaya North Quay
It is hard to dismiss that although Surabaya North Quay is the main star here, one won't be able to take their attention away from Gapura Surya Nusantara. It is dubbed as the best passengers terminal in Indonesia, and we all can see the reason why. It is indeed one of the most modern facility in Indonesia, and also so luxurious it reminds you a lot of an international airport. Gapura Surya Nusantara is also a popular place for hangout by the ferry passengers and visitors of Surabaya North Quay.
One of many things you can do in Gapura Surya Nusantara is of course, taking lots of selfies. It is absolutely hard to fight the temptation, especially after you see that the terminal is such a wonderful luxurious place. So grab your camera and smartphone, pick the best spots you can find, and snap away! One of the most popular selfie spots is in front of Gapura Surya Nusantara's statue.Surabaya North Quay's deck is also a great place to take selfies you can brag to all your Instagram followers and social media friends.
Gapura Surya Nusantara is indeed a brilliant combination of modern architecture and art. At certain spots, the walls are decorated with some sort of cheerful murals with friendly ocean waves, ferry ships, and of course happy-looking people elaborated in them. The murals were done by a renowned art service company called iMural. It is absolutely worth it to snap some pictures with the murals in the background.
Gapura Surya Nusantara also boast a foodcourt where you can find various foods to kick away your hunger pangs. You can find all sorts of food and snacks, from local Indonesian foods to Western and Japanese cuisine. None of them are owned by foreigners however, they are all owned by local small and medium business owners. The food court itself is a comfortable place to hangout and chat while enjoying your food.
Gapura Surya Nusantara is often used as a venue for various cultural events, one of them is East Javanese exhibitions. The visitors will have to seat on the carpet (lesehan) and they can enjoy various shows such as East Java dances and instrumental shows. They might even held a Javanese fashion show that introducing East Javanese traditional clothes. You will be highly entertained, and at the same time you will gain more knowledge about local culture.
Come in the weekend afternoon to enjoy the live music performances held in the terrace of Gapura Surya Nusantara. The shows largely feature local musicians from Surabaya. Not only you can enjoy the swaying melody of the songs, you can see the Surabaya North Quay and even the beautiful sunset accompanied with gentle wind blowing from the sea. It is a great place to spend your evening with your loved one.
How to Get Tickets?
Entering the Surabaya North Quay and Gapura Surya Nusantara doesn't require you to pay. However, if you bring motorcycle or car, you'll have to pay Rp 5.000,- for motorcycles and Rp 7.500 for cars.
How To Get Around?
It is very easy to get around from Surabaya North Quay as it is located in the busiest part of Surabaya. You can either take a Grab Car or Gojek to go around.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Surabaya North Quay is in the afternoon, when the wind is much cooler. You can also view the gorgeous sunset and that amazing moment when the entire Surabaya city is bathed with city lights.
How To Get There?
Surabaya North Quay is easily reachable literally by any public transportations that are heading to Tanjung Perak Bay. You can also take a taxi or Grab car instead for the most convenient way to reach Surabaya North Quay.
Do you know you can also enjoy a ferry ride from Surabaya North Quay? It will be a great experience, especially if you haven't been on a cruise before.