Being the root of Islam in East Java, Masjid Ampel is really embodiing the purpose. To find the place is not not difficult especially when you have someone locally to show you when to turn and where to park. The mosque is in one of the most crowded neighborhood in Surabaya. Behind the mosque, you can find street vendors selling anything related and unrelated to the activities inside the Mosque. I got the chance to join the jamaah prayer that afternoon. It was a very tranquil prayer time. You could feel the feeling of camaraderie with every person around you. The mosque itself is not so big and stay in a very modest way. However, its simplicity is part of the greatest charm of the place.