Surabaya city has a unique culture and religious tourist object that is Rumah Sembahyang Keluarga Han that also called The Surabaya. It is located in the Karet street No.62 Kelurahan Bongkahan, Pabean Cantikan sub district, Surabaya, East Java province.
This place was built by Han Bwee Koo in the 1876. He is the son of Han Siong Kong and Tan Bie Nio. They were the immigrant family from China that come to Indonesia and stayed in Lasem Central Java.
Not long after they settled in Indonesia, Han Siong Kong brothers that still in China were also migrated to Indonesia. Then after that they moved to Surabaya to build a business. They build sugar factory and sugarcane plantation. They were also worked as tax collector and opium seller.
Han Bwee Koo was the 6 th generation of Han Sion Kong family and he was a captain in the der Chineezen. He has an authority from Dutch Colonialism to maintain religious and culture of the Chinese people in Indonesia.
Then he has an idea to build a prayer place for the family of Han Siong Kong family. Now this place is still used as the prayer place.
The Building Architecture
This place is also known as Han Sie Lok Hian Tjok Biau. In this building wall there is a written text of Rumah Abu Keluarga Han Bwee Koo.
When entering the building, the travelers will see a prayer altar that contains sinci or spirit board. There is also a family tree board of Han Siong Kong family until the 7th generation.
The building has a size of 1000 m2 and it use Chinese and Dutch architecture design. This building is facing the west direction and completed with many pillars that are imported from England. The floors are the Italian Marble.
This building has a high exotic nuance from the Dutch Colonialism era. The terrace of the building is completed with many big columns.
The exotic aroma of Indische Empire can also be found in the main chamber that used for pray. This chamber is closed and decorated with many traditional ornaments from Chinese and Europe. Even though this building is not managed formally as the tourist object, but there are many travelers that still visiting this place.