Solo also known as Surakarta is a city in Central Java, Indonesia. The city is very rich in history as royal capital of Kasunanan Palace during 18th century ago. The palace at this time became a museum and very interesting tourist attractions in Solo to visit. As one of the best things to do in Solo, The royal palace has long history related to Sultanate of Yogyakarta. Beside of Yogyakarta, Solo also known as the center of Javanese culture and tradition. In this city, there are two popular palace called Surakarta Palace and Mangkunegaran Palace which is considered leaders of Javanese culture. This city was the capital of the kingdom of Mataram from 1745 to 1755 and till this time the royal ceremonies still held every year. Solo nowadays become one of the center of Batik, popular name as Batik Solo. You can purchase the Batik and souvenir in the local markets. To get to Solo, there are domestic and international flight from and to Adisumarno international airport, located approximately 10 kilometers north or the city. Besides as the commercial, education and business destination, there are many best places to visit in Solo during holiday. Here are the list of top 27 wonderful things to do in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia:
- Visit Kasunanan Palace or Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat
Surakarta Sunanate is a Javanese monarchy in Surakarta city established in 1745 by Pakubuwono II. Surakarta Sunanate together with Yogyakarta Sultanate was the successor of Mataram Sultanate. At this time the palace become a historical and cultural sights in Surakarta. Visiting this palace is one of a must things to do in Solo to see the magnificent ancient buildings that are still standing till now. In the Surakarta Sunanate Palace also has a museum with many collections. You can see various kinds of royal relics, royal daily relics, various gift from kings of Europe, a set of traditional Gamelan musical instruments and the replica of the palace of the development of Surakarta Palace.
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- Visit Balekambang Park
Balekambang Park is one of the tourist attractions in Solo and one of the best place for family vacation. Balekambang Park is located on Balekambang Street No. 1 Manahan, Surakarta, Central Java. The park managed by Solo Government has several tourist facilities and rides such as water boats, children’s playground, mini train, reptile park, six-seater horse-drawn carriage and many other. Balekambang Park was officially opened in 2008 as the city forest park of Surakarta. The complex of the park has an area of more than five hectares where you can enjoy different atmosphere and green forest.
- Visit Mangkunegaran Palace
Mangkunegaran Palace Solo is small Javanese royal palace established by Raden Mas Said or known as Mangkunegara I in 1757. Mangkunegaran was formed based on the treaty of Salatiga which was signed in 1757 as a solution of the resistance carried out by Raden Mas Said against Sunan Pakubuwana III. Raden Mas Said or Mangkunegara I received an area that included part of former Mataram to the east. The total area is 49% of Surakarta Sunanate region. The region now covers the northern part of Solo city namely Banjarsari District, Karanganyar Regency, Wonogiri Regency, part of Ngawen District and Semin district in Gunung Kidul Regency. Mangkunegaran Palace now is the center of culture and art in the city of Solo. Besides, you can see various valuable collections inside the palace. One of the tour packages offered in this palace is Mangkunegaran Royal Dinner. It is the best package offer in this palace where you can enjoy the dinner in the royal palace.
- Visit Ngarsopuro Market
Ngarsopuro Market is a night market opened at 18.00 P.M and closed at 22.00 P.M every Saturday and Sunday Night. The market is located in front of the Mangkunegaran Palace and adjacent to the Surakarta Sunanate Palace. You can purchase the souvenir and handicraft here. You can also enjoy the special Solo culinary. In the certain time you can enjoy the cultural performances, Keroncong shows, music, jazz and acoustic.
- Buying a gift of Javanese Dagger
Javanese Dagger is a weapon in Java that was in the past used as the stabbing weapon in dueling and complementary object as well. Besides it is also many cultural functions. At this time the dagger also sell as a souvenir.
- Visit Klewer Market
Klewer Market is the largest textile market in Solo located close to Surakarta Palace. This market is also Batik shopping center. Klewer Market was inaugurated on May 15th, 1969 which is become most famous market in Solo. Klewer Market has an area of about 12,500 square meters with two storey market. There are 2,075 shops that sell various products ranging from various Batik, shirts, jeans, clothing and traditional clothing. Since November 2012, Klewer Market has been designated as one of the cultural reserves in Solo.
- Watching Wayang Orang Sriwedari
Wayang Orang Sriwedari is man puppet show in Solo. The puppet is held by displaying humans as a substitute for the puppets. These puppet players usually use the accessories that are similar to leather puppet and for attractive impression those puppets paint their faces resembles puppet character. This puppet show is famous show in Solo held every day except on Sunday at 8 P.M in Sriwedari Park. The puppet dancer movement makes us feel very impress to watch it.
- Hiking Mount Lawu
Mount Lawu is located in Central Java Province precisely in Karanganyar Regency about one hour from Solo City. With the height reaching 3,265 meters above sea level the mount is good for hiking. The Lawu Mount has three peaks namely Hargo Dalem, Hargo Dumiling and the hisghest peak of Hargo Dumilah. It has two official hiking starting point namely Cemoro Kandang in Central Java Province and Cemoro Sewu in East Java Province. Along the hiking path via Cemoro Sewu you will meet several stalls. The most famous stall in Mount Lawu is Warung Mbok Yem which a legendary stall located at the height of 3000 meters above sea level which is may be the highest stall in Indonesia. When you reach the Hargo Dumilah peak you will see a water pond namely Telaga Kuning. On the side of the western slope of this mount you will also find two Hindu temples which was the relics of Majapahit Kingdom namely Cetho Temple and Sukuh Temple.
- Visit Vastenburg Fort
Vastenburg Fortress is a Dutch heritage fort built in 1745 located in Gladak, Solo. This fort was built for the Dutch supervision upon Surakarta and Surakarta Palace. Governor General of Dutch Baron van Imhoff founded this fort in 1745. At this time the Vastenberg Fort is a cultural heritage object. The fort building is surrounded by the high walls with the height of 6 meters. This fortress is increasingly visited by tourist which is interested in historical site.
- Visit Cetho Temple
Cetho Temple is a Javanese Hindu Temple built in 15th century ago during Majapahit Empire located on the western slope of Mount Lawu precisely in 1495 meters above sea level. The architecture of the temple is similar with Balinese architecture. Based on the research of scientists and archaeologists, Cetho Temple is estimated to be built in 1451-1470 or when Brawijaya King V in Majapahit ruled. When the visitor arrive at Cetho Temple will find the exotic and stunning view of the tea plantation belong to local peoples.
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