Top 7 Must Visit Places in Solo


The Solo City or Surakarta is a strategically located town in the province of Central Java, Indonesia. Because Solo City has a strategic location and is in the middle of the land, the city of Solo is always crowded with people on their way to another city for transit. In addition to transportation, Solo City also has attractive tourist spots. Here's a list of the best tourist attractions in Solo City Indonesia:

1. Pasar Klewer
Pasar Klewer
Pasar Klewer (image:flickr.com)

Pasar Klewer (Klewer Market) is the center of textile and clothing in the city of Solo. The market is synonymous with Solo city offers a variety of fabrics and various clothing, especially batik. Pasar Klewer is not only as an economic hub, but also a shopping destination and landmark for the city of Surakarta.

Klewer Market initiated during the Japanese colonial period, where many people are hawking fabrics and garments by way of hanging on the shoulders. Because wares dangling irregular or "kleweran". From the word "kleweran" the name, Pasar Klewer is taken. Klewer Market has undergone several refurbishment markets, to adapt to market developments.

Klewer Market is located at the west gate of Keraton Surakarta and south of the Masjid Agung (Grand Mosque). In addition to a cloth merchant, around Pasar Klewer there are also typical foods vendors are also a culinary destination.

Surakarta Sunanate or Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat

Keraton Surakarta (Surakarta Sunanate) is a symbol and a forerunner of Surakarta or more famous Solo City. Keraton Surakarta or the official name Surakarta Sunanate is a historic place that should not be missed when visiting the Surakarta. Built in stages since the first was established in 1744 by Sunan Pakubowono II, made the Keraton Surakarta an exotic locale also save a lot of historical value.

Physically Keraton Surakarta has much in common with the Sultan Palace Yogyakarta regarding spatial archetype, because one of the architects was the Prince Mangkubumi or Sultan Hamengkubuwana I, which is also the primary architect of the palace of Yogyakarta. The similarity of the spatial pattern is most evident in the location of the square at the north and south of the castle.

Keraton Surakarta experienced a golden age during the reign of Sunan Pakubowono X in the years 1893-1939. Keraton Surakarta undertakes massive restoration, with a mixture of architectural styles between Java and Europe in shades of white and blue.
Keraton Surakarta is located right in the city center, adjacent to several of Solo city landmarks, such as City Hall, Pasar Klewer, and Pasar Gede. There are many various means of transportation can be used to reach this location, especially the traditional transportation like rickshaws and horse cart.

3. Ngarsopuro
Ngarsopuro Surakarta
Ngarsopuro Surakarta (image:flickr.com)

The Solo city is synonymous with unique places that must be visited by people from local and foreign tourists. One area of interest to visit is the integrated area Ngarsopuro. Ngarsopuro is located in Diponegoro street right in front (south) Mangkunegaran.

Ngarsopuro is a pedestrian area with artistically styled and comfortable to use as a hangout for young people. In 2009, Ngarsuporo which is a range of electronic shops Surakarta successfully conjured up by the Government to be more beautiful and exciting to visit.

In the area of Ngarsopuro become crowded in the afternoon until the evening to society community gathering on street furniture supplied. Ngarsopuro increasingly visible ethnic and unique with paintings on display, street lights installed in a bird cage, sculptures Loroblonyo and others.
4. Radya Pustaka Museum
Radya Pustaka Museum
Radya Pustaka Museum (image:Wikimedia.org)

The museum is located near Sriwedari Park is one of the old hall, even the oldest in Indonesia. It founded by KRA Sosrodiningrat IV during the reign Pakubuwono IX. Precisely in one room in the palace Kepatihan on October 28, 1890. In 1913 moved to its current location, at Jalan Slamet Riyadi. Previously, the museum building was the residence of Johannes Busselaar, a citizen of the Netherlands, which was later bought by Sri Susuhunan Pakubowono and serve as the location of the new museum.

Also, a renowned cultural figure, Go Tik Swan or also known as KRT. Hardjonagoro, which is known as the creator of the archipelago batik motif, also contributed significantly to the development of this museum.

There are a lot of historical objects that is a collection of the Radya Pustaka Museum that provides valuable information, although it was marred by the theft. Surely this is a particular note for the manager. There is a collection of objects the museum several gifts from the guests of state, for example, some porcelain gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to Sri Susuhunan Pakubuwana IV.

Radya Pustaka Museum could be an option for those of you who want to travel to see the city of Solo in the past. The location is easily accessible, and adequate transportation options and of course can be a plus to visit there.

5. Kampung Batik Laweyan
Kampung Batik Laweyan
Kampung Batik Laweyan (image:kampungbatiklaweyan.org)

Kampung Batik Laweyan is a center of batik in Solo. Laweyan is one of the old villages in the city of Solo, who is now also the name of the village and sub-district in the town of Solo. This community has existed since the 14th century to the royal era Pajang. Laweyan derived from the word "Lawe" which means the thread of cotton spun because at that time the place is the center of cloth manufacture. Until now Laweyan reputed to be a center of batik and fabric, especially in the city of Solo.

When entering the village Laweyan as if entering the old town with views of the old architecture that still stands. Many houses in Laweyan built with a touch of European architecture is magnificent and sturdiness. This house the residence of the batik merchants in antiquity. Their wealth surpassed even the nobles, so no wonder they can build their own castles.

Also, old houses are belonging to merchants, many historical sites in the village Laweyan, such as the Museum Samanhudi. Samanhudi is one of the leaders of the national movement. Not just enjoy the history and beauty of the building. In Kampung Batik Laweyan, you can buy all kinds of batik products, fabrics, clothes, and handicrafts, as many stores batik in this village.

6. Mangkunegaran
Magkunegaran Surakarta
Mangkunegaran Surakarta 

Mangkunegaran or Puro Mangkunegaran in the Javanese pronunciation is one of the Palaces in the city of Solo, although it is smaller than the Surakarta Sunanate, its beauty is still visible today. As mentioned in various sources, Mangkunegaran built after the Treaty of Salatiga in 1757. Just as Kraton Surakarta, Mangkunegaran also changing the architecture of the building, which can be seen from mixing European style in some parts of the building. It is estimated Mangkunegaran current form was built by KGPAA MANGKUNEGARA II who ruled between the years 1804-1866.

In this place, visitors are invited to browse through the traces of history and heritage that is amazing, because, in addition to the beautiful buildings, Mangkunegaran also keeps a collection of books and literature. Everything is arranged in Rekso Library (Rekso Pustoko, in Javanese pronunciation) built by KGPAA Mangkunegoro IV, to maintain the treasures of science that flourished in Mangkunegaran.

Mangkunegaran is located in the center of the city of Solo, making it easy to reach by various means of transport. It is precisely located at Jl. Ronggo Warsito, Jl. Kartini, Jl. Students and Jl. Teuku Umar.

7. Museum Batik Danar Hadi
Museum Batik Danar Hadi
Museum BAtik Danar Hadi (image:Flickr.com)

Batik is an important cultural heritage to be preserved. Even UNESCO has confirmed batik as world cultural heritage. Danar Hadi is one of the famous batik producers in the city of Surakarta. Besides the production of batik and product innovation, Danar Hadi also preserves valuable cultural this by setting up a museum, the Museum of Ancient Batik Danar Hadi.

There are a variety of patterns, motifs and batik cloth from all over Indonesia in the collection of Ancient Danar Hadi Batik Museum. The collections even reach 10000 pieces of batik cloth, so that the museum is recognized by MURI (Indonesian record museum) as a museum that has the largest collection of batik fabric.

Opened in 2002, the museum holds a variety of patterns and motifs of batik cloth along with the values of its history. Dutch batik fabric is one of the important collections of Ancient Danar Hadi Batik Museum. This material is influenced by the variety of patterns and colors typical of Europe, brought by the Europeans in the Dutch colonial period. Also, there is the motif Djawa Hokokai.

Type of batik fabric is influenced by the variety of patterns and colors typical of Japan, which at that time occupied Indonesia. The combination of this cultural model is making batik cloth Djawa Hokokai more unique and beautiful.

Ancient Danar Hadi Batik Museum, in addition to being a place to store the fabrics are priceless, also provide historical and cultural information for all visitors.
                                                                                                           

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