There are two old dynasties from Central Java, the Sultanate of Yogyakarta and the Sultanate of Solo (also known as Surakarta). Yogyakarta is like the brother of Solo. Tourists visiting Indonesia learn about Yogyakarta and its attractions and things to do. Solo frequently gets overlooked.
One of the reasons for this case is that Solo is more famous for business than tourism. That is a shame because there are a lot of great things in Solo. Here is a listing of some of the things which you can do and see in and around Surakarta/Solo. After reading the article, you’ll agree that Solo is a great holiday destination.
- Batik in Klewer marketplace
Are you a massive fan of batik fabric? Solo is famed for its batik’s quality. Klewer market is a traditional market where you can find many different varieties and grades of batik. Suppose you are looking for batik with good quality. Here, you are guaranteed to get some batik of your preference.
- Hunting for some classic at PasarTriwindu
PasarTriwindu is Solo’s antique/flea marketplace. The market can be found in the city center and is a paradise for men and women interested in antiques (Javanese daggers, leather puppets, decorations, etc.). You do have to be careful when shopping here. The same as Jalan Surabaya in Jakarta are a lot of products sold here. Still, shopping in PasarTriwindu is an enjoyable experience. Researching PasarTriwindu feels like walking through a museum. The market is clean and relatively tidy. It’s quite excellent for window shopping, if you are looking for things to do in Solo, or taking some photos and enjoying an afternoon stroll.
- Get lost from Laweyan Batik Village
Suppose you are seeking classic batik, you need to visit Laweyan Batik Village. This village is renowned for its history, and plenty of wealthy batik vacationers lived. Seeing Laweyan feels a tiny bit as if you are stepping back into the past. You see old spots/buildings which are appealing, can walk through the small alleys and do a little bit of boutique shopping. When you see Laweyan, you can learn how to make batik, see how batik is created, and perform some batik shopping.
- The Old Royal Palace
You can go to Mangkunegaran Palace (Pura Mangkunegaran) and Kasunanan Palace (Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat). The Palace grounds cover a massive area. It is a beautiful place, and the environment is very relaxing. However, the memorial is currently falling apart and in desperate need of renovation.
- Grand Mosque Kraton Surakarta
The old mosque (Masjid Agung Keraton Surakarta) is among the most famous landmarks in Solo. The mosque has a traditional Javanese layout, and the inside is large, spacious, and airy.
- Jaladara Steam Train
If you are driving along SlametRiyadi Street, you can not miss the railway of SepurKluthukJaladara. Locals call it the Jaladara steam train. It’s a conventional steam train in the era, and it’s painted black. You may ride on the train. The journey starts from cuts and Purwosari channels throughout the city of Surakarta and finishes at the Sangkrah channel. An early reservation is needed if you want to ride the train. The train is already more than 100 years old.
- Cengklik for Sunset Lovers
Cengklik reservoir can be found in Boyolali. It’s to the west of Adi Sumarmo airport in Solo. The reservoir is an ideal location for sunset lovers and visitors who enjoy photography. You can take fantastic photos of the reservoir at sunset in the backdrop with a view of Mount Merapi and Merbabu.
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