Dinas Perpustakaan dan Kearsipan

The name Surabaya has been recorded in history since the time of the Majapahit Kingdom. The existence of Surabaya at that time was not as a city as we know it today, but as a village that was given special privileges by the King of Majapahit Hayam Wuruk or Rajasanagara. In the inscription known as the Canggu Inscription or the Ferry Charter, Surabaya is designated as a special village along with other villages in the Brantas and Bengawan Solo river basins. So, historically the name Surabaya has nothing to do with the story of the battle between two animals, namely a shark and a crocodile, as has been popular in society or folklore.