The History of Jembatan Merah

Jembatan merah or the Red Bridge is one place you should visit in Surabaya. Although the name has nothing to do with the real color of the bridge, that’s how the locals have called the bridge for years. It is historic because it was the place where the war between the people and the colonials took place. It was the witness the bloody war between the two sides. That was the one that inspired the naming of the bridge. The bridge spans over the Kalimas river. For the people of Surabaya, the bridge is legendary because it keeps a story of the people’s past struggle. The bridge is hundreds of years old. It was originally constructed from wood, coming from an agreement between Pakubowono II and VOC. The agreement was signed on November 11, 1743.

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There are several points stated in the agreement, one of which was the occupation of some areas by VOC. Today, the site has become an important commercial area. It is actually a connecting road between Kalimas and the Surabaya residential building. It has been playing an important role since forever. It was established to make it easy for the government to monitor the surrounding areas. While it was originally made from wood, the restoration was conducted in 1890s. The original structure was replaced with iron. There is a tragic story behind the construction of the bridge, but it will forever be a historic building for the local people.

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It was the place where A.W.S Mallaby and all his troops were killed by the local people. If you want to know more about the bridge, you have to pay a visit to this place. The Red Bridge is easily accessible from anywhere. It may not match the size of the London Bridge, but it does not mean that it is not worth a visit. There are others attractions located not far from there, one of which is the Internatio Building. The art deco-styled building will get you inspired. In the Southeast, you will find the Kembang Jepun Street which will remind you of Chinatown.

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  1. The History of Jembatan Merah | Pamaton.com on October 3, 2015 at 3:10 am

    […] Jembatan merah or the Red Bridge is one place you should visit in Surabaya. Although the name has nothing to do with the real color of the bridge, that’s how the locals have called the bridge for years. It is historic because it was the place where the war between the people and the colonials took place. It was the witness the bloody war between the two sides. […]

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