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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Peneleh Cemetery - The Forgotten Home

(Nederlandse begraafplaats Peneleh Surabaya)

A history of the Netherlands; one that remains as a silent space within the crowded city of Surabaya
 Since I have lived in Surabaya, for 5 years now, I never knew about this place, then my backpacker friend from Iran, Sattar Nazarideh, asked me about this place and wanted me to take him there, I suddenly realized that we have a meaningful part of Netherlands history which has remained silent.

It has lay in hidden in its place in central Surabaya, beside the kalimas river, named Kampung Peneleh. Peneleh coming from Javanese language, appeared when Singosari Kingdom was occupied this place, which adopted from “Pinilih” word, mean the chosen one, it said this area was only for The chosen Prince, the son of Wisnu Wardhana, the regent of this area at that time..

This place was a jungle in the east of the city, surrounded by the river. The Dutch chose this place as a cemetery. It was built in 1814, located in 4.5 ha. Only the Dutch were allowed to enter this area. It is said, if someone passed away, they would make a group burial ceremony, then make a parade to take the corpses to the cemetery by horse and cart.

Toilet inside the Cemetery
In current times Peneleh, such as the forgotten land, no body wants to visit this cemetery. This is because the place has become a slum area. You will see the slum house inside the cemetery, some people who live near the cemetery, use it as “pantry side”, a place to dry the clothes and even to herd their goats. What a surprise! I saw a toilet inside the cemetery ??!!

When we visited this place, we met a photographers group who wanted to take pictures in this place. Yes.. even the place is not as beautiful as it  was, at least we still can see the “European Touch” on it. You can see the ruins that show us the European architecture of the time. If you take picture here, you will get Gothic looks, or such as you are in your European  vacation, the fact is that you are still in Surabaya, Indonesia!

Clothes Sun Drying

Please visit and sight see around the cemetery, keep an eye out for the names of those who were buried in this place, you will find a lot of broken buildings inside the cemetery bounds, it seems like its not well maintained. According to the epitaph, some famous people were buried in this cemetery. You will find names of Vice President of VOC, the Governor of Hindia Belanda, General Pieter Markus, he was the leader of Java Island at that time. The epitaph was written in the ancient Dutch language.

The cemetery keeper said that some families had already moved the corpse to the other Dutch cemetery, and most of them were moved to Kembang Kuning Cemetery. It said that this cemetery is well managed by Surabaya government than Peneleh Cemetery. But unfortunately Kembang Kuning Cemetery is not for public spot, need to ask permit from Surabaya Mayor to visit this place..

If you want to visit Peneleh, you can pass the Kramat Gantung Street and turn to the left, pass the peneleh bridge, then you can go along the river until you find the Peneleh Street, ask the Becak driver to take you there. Or  you can take it from Undaan Street, the cemetery is behind the Undaan Orphanage.

I hope Surabaya government will manage Peneleh cemetery like Kembang Kuning cemetery someday, even it can be one of the oldest heritage tourism spot like in Jakarta, Singapore and the other country that have old cemetery sites like this.
Peneleh Cemetery
One of the Grave Stone


  1. haduuhhh jadi penasaran sama wisata kuburan iniiiiiiii??? klo menurut fotonya sih menantang,,,

    toiletnnya nggak kuaaaat haha

  2. mari mari datang beramai-ramai asal jangan malam-malam hahaha... setelah itu wisata kuliner rujak cingur yang harga 50ribu hahaha

  3. Ada yang versi indonesianya ga???kayaknya keren tulisannya,tapi ga paham artinya,hehehe maklum newbie

  4. wah terima kasih kunjungannya MAs Chandra :) ini dibantu teman yang native untuk memperbaiki tulisan :)

    Ok... segera nanti dibuat versi Indo ya :D

  5. Saya cari2 ini kuburan sama temen belanda saya,,,
    gak ketemu2...
    padahal udah bawa tourism map...tetep gk ketemu.
    kalau ada peta detailnya..tambah asik

    1. :) memang tempatnya "nylempit" yang pasti lewatnya dari RS Mata Undaan, kuburannya pas dibelakang pasar Peneleh

  6. fabulous...i love the colors...and the jemuran looks so "humanitarian" anw did u go there with satar nasilodeh..? wkwkwk

    1. hahahah nasilodeh... :D he was wondering of papaya tree and still curious of Kapuk Tree :D hahahah...
      thank you, yes it's terrible :( not like in Jakarta ..well managed..

      here so many cemetery "krowong" alias ngerong.. dunno why and you can see some goats as well over there hahaha


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