Pabean market is one of the biggest traditional markets in Surabaya, even it’s the biggest in south east Asia, people said. No one know the exact year when was this market built, some people said that
this market already been there since 1918 and some people said it was built in 1928.
Pabean Market is a sprawling, darkly-lit market, which links the Chinese and Arab quarters, where you can buy everything from Madurese chickens
to Chinese crockery.
It was the central point of people to interact each other in past era, where the mix cultures blended in one. Pabean market lay beside the Kalimas River, where the trader from outside Surabaya came from this
river through the Kalimas Port. In this area, we can see some ethnicity live together, respect each other, live peacefully. They are Javanese tribe, Maduresse tribe, Chinese, India and Arabic people.
In front of Pabean Market known
as China Town, called Kya-kya Kembang Jepun, and the backside of this market is Arabic Square, and there is a tomb of Sunan Ampel, one of nine saint who spread Islam in Java Island, inside the Arabic Square. Those ethnicity shows us that they can live together
peacefully even came from different cultures. They meet each other in this market everyday, keeping their cultures.