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Gresik, the Short Indonesian Culture And Language Program For Foreign Speakers Universitas Muhammadiyah Gresik, which was opened and started on November 28 2022, presents many interesting activities for foreign students participating in the program, one of which is an outing class. In addition to learning Indonesian language and culture, participants also took part in outing class activities including visiting traditional markets, and visiting historic buildings in Gresik City, namely the Packaging Village and the historic house building complex in Gajah Mungkur to see the history of Gresik Typical Batik and the Philosophy of several city symbols Gresik, batik and its history. Driving by public transportation, the IRO Bureau would like to introduce public transportation facilities that are still used by the people of Gresik to this day.


The first Outing Class activity was visiting the historic house building complex in Gajah Mungkur (30/11). There foreign students learn a lot about the history and culture of the city of Gresik, including the philosophy of images on Gresik batik cloth, such as damar Kurung, pudak, milkfish and so on. One of the participants, Tran Thi Khanh Vi from Vietnam, first tried wrapping batik cloth as a sarong and using udeng as a head cover. Because it looked attractive, finally all the participants wanted to use batik sarongs and udeng for the men.

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Khoiriri said that the building of the Gajah Mungkur house was built by H Djaelani, the fourth son of H Oemar Bin Ahmad. The Gajah Mungkur House Building, on Jalan Nyai Ageng Arem Arem, is very thick with colonial style, built in 1896 (occupied in 1902) and is still like the original. To the participants he also explained the philosophy about the elephant in the yard facing the house and facing the road, so it is called Gajah Mungkur, or in other words, facing the road.

He retold about the building that Gajah Mungkur House has an impression of heritage charm which is still very strong. In addition to the Gajah Mungkur House, the participants also visited the Packaging Village and there they were greeted by the owner of the middle house in the packaging village. The owner of the house quietly told the participants that the Kampung Paket area had typical European and Chinese buildings. Typical of Europe can be seen in the pillars supporting the roof, relatively large windows and doors. Meanwhile, typical Chinese can be seen on the roof and the use of the dominant color red.

Foreign students are invited to recall Gresik's past by looking at photos and books about the history of Gresik's trade and shipping. The name of this package originates from the existence of a goldsmith named Bak Liong. The good quality of Bak Liong's handicrafts has made many people order jewelery from him. This has made the village where the gold craftsmen live called Kampung Packaging over time.

After coming from the packaging village, students were also invited to shop for ingredients to make the typical East Java petis salad. Starting from garlic, fruits, vegetables, petis to peanuts, all were purchased by students when they arrived at the Gresik market. Armed with notes from mentors, foreign students read out the materials that have been recorded and asked the sellers starting from the price to the amount of materials to be purchased.

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With this outing class activity, the Head of the UMG IRO Bureau, Paulina SP.d M.Pd hopes to be able to introduce the culture of the city of Gresik and students can practice speaking Indonesian directly and mingle with the community. One of the most important goals is to promote the activities at UMG to the people of Gresik and indirectly convey that UMG is developing not only well-known at the national level but also internationally