Syu Monument in Kediri Regency, East Java Province

Kediri Regency is part of East Java Province. Not to mention it has become one of the best places to spend a vacation, even for outsiders. Aside from the highlands and natural attractions, the region offers some simple and historical spots to visit! This includes Syu Monument in Mojoreto Sub-District. This unique monument resides in a roundabout of Jaksa Agung Soeprapto Street. Also, it is located right in front of the regent’s official residence. The local government built the monument to recall PETA army’s merits during the revolution against the Nippon. As for tourists, it becomes a good spot to learn history and conduct photography, though.

The Nuance
In terms of appearance, the monument has several features. The most noticeable one is indeed a PETA soldier statue who stands bravely. His right-hand carries a Keris and he wears an army costume. In terms of size, it is considered big. Behind it, a Garuda bird statue perches on a cliff ornament. The bird opens its wide wings, as well. What is more? The monument is surrounded by a small and neat garden. Under the soldier statue, actually, the information is carved on the wall. As for the nuance, it is considered crowded due to the location. Many vehicles often pass by, as the monument is located on a roundabout.

Exploring Syu Monument
For those who are into history, they should take advantage of a local guide’s help in order to get thorough information regarding Syu Monument. The historical value is quite intriguing, after all. It is said the construction was inspired by the fight during the revolution before the independence of Indonesia. During the WWII, the Japanese army was able to take Kediri from the Dutch. They named it “Syu”. Also, they trained locals (PETA) how to combat in a war. However, these PETA armies rebelled conducted a revolutionary war back then.

Aside from learning the history, people come to Syu Monument in order to enjoy the nuance. The small garden features some plants and looks fine. It gives a soothing atmosphere to the monument, somehow. Also, the passing vehicles make the site crowded too, especially during the high traffic. On weekends, some locals often visit the monument to hang out as well. At the time, tourists have the chance to make some new friends!

What is next? People indeed come to Syu Monument for photography. They want to take photos of the statues and other features of the site. Some of them even take selfies in front of the monument! After enjoying photography, these people usually come to the nearby cafes and enjoy either foods or drinks on the outdoor benches.

Nearby Attractions

  • Sekartaji Park
  • Kalibrantas Pier
  • Enam Taman Monument

How to Get There
For those coming from Surabaya City, they would take around 1 hour and 59 minutes to reach Kediri City. It is because the distance is 120 km. As for the best route, it is recommended to take Surabaya – Mojokerto first. The next route to take is Mojokerto – Kertosono Highway. After tourists arrive at Kediri, their next destination is Mojoroto Sub-District where the monument is located. The best route to take is Pamenang Street and the distance is 28.7 km. Thus, this trip takes approximately 44 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Lotus Garden Hotel
  • Airy Hotel
  • Raya Resort Hotel
  • Crown Hotel

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