Head of the Surabaya Culture, Tourism, Youth, and Sports Office Wiwiek Widayati stated in Surabaya on Wednesday that Kya-Kya is a historic town developed for tourism in Surabaya.
"We will strive to optimize it, so that in August, it can be opened," Widayati noted.
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According to Widayati, in addition to the areal arrangement, the Kya-Kya area also features typical Chinese cuisine and art and cultural entertainment, designed with Chinatown-style concepts.
Widayati said her side is also preparing a supporting destination, such as the Abu Han family home.
Currently, the Surabaya city government is optimizing the Kya-Kya Chinatown area by beautifying the venue with colorful paints, murals, and supporting exteriors.
"There has been a tremendous change. We just need to decorate it with painting, murals, and so on. Today is a process of painting murals," she remarked.
Moreover, the Surabaya city administration connects the Chinatown area with the Kota Tua (Old Town) area on Karet Street and Gula Street in a bid to draw more tourists.
"When Kya-Kya is opened, residents can walk to Karet Street-Gula Street. That is what we are trying to connect," Widayati remarked.
In addition to beautifying the exterior of Kya-Kya area, she revealed that the city government will provide rickshaws to transport tourists and also enable them to enjoy night tour routes in the Kya-Kya area to the Old Town.
"There will be rickshaws that can serve tourism routes in Kya-Kya. Hence, in addition to the culinary delicacies that can be enjoyed along the way, there are also arts that we display. For example, Barongsai, Liang-Liong, and Chinese music," she explained.