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Top 7 Must Visit Places in Solo

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 transit, 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 since 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 in terms of spatial archetype, because one of the architects was the Prince Mangkubumi or Sultan Hamengkubuwana I, which is also the main 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 palace.

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 interesting 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 museum, 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.

In addition, 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 greatly to the development of this museum.

There are a lot of historic 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 special 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 city of Solo. This village 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.

In addition, there are ancient houses belonging to merchants, many historic 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, but 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 keep 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 cloth.

Opened in 2002, the museum holds a variety of patterns and motifs of batik cloth along with the values of its history. Dutch batik cloth is one of the important collections of Ancient Danar Hadi Batik Museum. This fabric is influenced by the variety of patterns and colors typical of Europe, brought by the Europeans in the Dutch colonial period. In addition, 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 pattern 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.
                                                                                                             
Gedong Songo Temple Java

Gedong Songo Temple Java


Candi Gedong Songo (Gedong Songo Temple) is one of the attractions located in the Darun village, precisely the village temple Bandungan District of Semarang regency, Central Java province. The reason is called the Gedong Songo Temple is a term of the Java language that means a building or temple of nine.
Gedong Songo Temple
Gedong Songo Temple

Gedong Songo Temple has a strategic location, precisely at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mount Ungaran Semarang. The tourists from different corners easily able to access the sites, enjoy and feel the scenery and amenities provided in the tourist area around Gedong Songo Temple so that the visitors were satisfied and reluctant to leave Gedong Songo Temple tours.

Besides the natural beauty, the cool air with the breeze can be enjoyed by tourists in the Gedong Songo Temple building for about 19 ° up to 27 ° Celsius from the existing situation capable of making the soul of visitors to be quiet, peaceful, comfortable and enjoyable.
Gedong Songo Temple has a different layout from one temple to another temple. To get to the temples are the visitors can travel by foot, can also be reached by riding horses, both can be done while enjoying the atmosphere of outstanding natural beauty of the exquisite.

History of Gedong Songo Temple


Historians explain the results of research that Candi Gedong Songo is a heritage building of the Hindus In 1740 AD, the temples were discovered by Sir Thomas Raffels. Gedong which consists of nine buildings of the temple was previously found only amounted to seven so-called the Java language is Gedong Pitu temple.



The mention of the name of Gedong Pitu has long been known and lasted a little over a thousand years. In 1908-1911, Van Stein Callenfels is an archaeologist who came from Holland doing research around Gedong Pitu. Three years in his research he finally discovered two more temples located around the temple pitu. The addition of two Gedong (temples), combined with the seven temples discovered by Raffels making the total to nine and officially named Gedong Songo temple until today.

The temple building one with the other temples located in Gedong Songo temple tourist spot has a distance that is not too far so that the tourists easily cover and surround the nine temples. Each temple of Gedong Songo temple has a history, as well as the uniqueness of different shapes.

Gedong Songo Accommodation


In the area around the temple, there are a campground facilities and thermal baths. There is a horse transport service that you can use to go to the location of the temple or to the location of the thermal baths for a fee of course. Some lodgings and food stalls also can get around the temple area.
Gedong Songo II Temple
Gedong Songo II Temple

How to get to Gedong Songo Temple


To reach the tourist attractions Gedong Songo can through various channels both from Semarang, Solo, and Jogjakarta.

From Semarang you can walk on track towards Solo or Yogyakarta, on the way you will find a gas station Lemah Abang in front of which the T-junction and then turn right to take the path to Bandungan, straight road and will find a T-junction in the second and then take a turn to the left, straight road until you finding a gas station in Palbapang Sumowono and there is T-junction and then take a right again, straight road and you came in the tourist area of Gedong Songo temple.

If you are in the town of Jogjakarta and Magelang, take the path to Semarang, after arriving in Ambarawa there is a junction located not far from the tourist attractions Ambarawa. At the T-junction take the path to the left and walk straight until you find Bandungan T-junction, take a left again and go right to find a gas station Sumowono then take the straight road directions to the right and you will see the tourist area of Gedong Songo temple.

If you're in the city of Solo to the tourist attractions Gedong Songo temple follows the path to Semarang. After arriving at the terminal Bawen there is the T-junction take the left path to Ambarawa. From Ambarawa there is T-junction take to the right, straight road to the T-junction Bandungan then turn left and continue until you find a gas station Palbapang Sumowono ,there is a T-junction in the road take a right straight then you will come to the tourist area of Gedong Songo temple.
Gedong Songo IV Temple
Gedong Songo IV Temple

Entrance Fee Gedong Songo


For local travelers sized adults or children over 5 years of Rp 6.000 on the weekdays and Rp 7.500 on the weekend. As for foreign tourists is Rp 50.000.

Surakarta Sunanate

Surakarta Sunanate


Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat (Surakarta Sunanate) is the official Palace of Surakarta in Surakarta, Central Java. The Palace was founded by Susuhunan Pakubuwono II in 1744 as a replacement for the Royal Palace of Kartasura, which was destroyed in 1743. Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat location is one area with the Alun-Alun Utara (North square) and Klewer Market.

Surakarta Sunanate has officially become part of the Republic of Indonesia since 1945. The complex of buildings of the Palace still serves as the residence of Sri Sunan and his household who still run the Royal tradition until now. The Palace is also one of the main attractions in the city of Surakarta. Part of the palace complex is a museum which houses various collections belonging to Surakarta, including various gifts from Kings of Europe, heirloom replica of Surakarta, and gamelan. In terms of the building of the Palace, this is the best example of traditional Javanese Palace architecture.
Surakarta Sunanate
Surakarta Sunanate Hadiningrat

Establishment of Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat


Establishment of Surakarta Hadiningrat is the impact of the prolonged conflict that occurs in the Sultanate of Mataram Islam dating from the 16th century AD. The Government of the Sultanate of Mataram Islam early was at Mentaok, then Kota Gede (Yogyakarta). At the time of Amangkurat I (1645 – 1677), precisely the year 1647, the seat of Government was moved to Plered (now in the Bantul Regency).

Later, Amangkurat II (1680-1702), founded a new Kingdom to the East of Yogyakarta, namely in Wonokarto forest which was renamed Kartasura (now in Sukoharjo Regency, Central Java). The construction of the Palace has recently carried out Plered's Palace because of the rebel-controlled and considered inappropriate use as the seat of Government. The new Palace in Kartasura begun in 1679 became known as the Kartasura Sultanate Hadiningrat. In succession, the successor to the throne of Amangkurat II in Kartasura in Surakarta Hadiningrat is Amangkurat III (1703-1708), Pakubuwono I (1704-1710), Amangkurat IV (1719-1726), until with Pakubuwono II (1726-1749).
Javanese and European Architectural
Javanese and European Architectural  (source flickr.com)

Architecture of Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace


The Kraton (Palace) of Surakarta is one of the exotic in that era. One of the architects of this Palace was Pangeran Mangkubumi (later became Sultan Hamengkubuwono I) which was also the main architect of the Palace. Therefore it is not surprising if the archetypal spatial both Palaces (Yogyakarta and Surakarta) many have general equations. Surakarta Sunanate, as can be seen now is not constructed simultaneously in 1744-1745, but was built in stages by maintaining a basic spatial pattern remains the same as the first. Construction and restoration of massively last done by Susuhunan Pakubuwono X in 1893 to 1939. Most of the Palace is nuanced colors white and blue with the architectural style of a mixture of Javanese and European.

The Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace Museum


At the Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace Museum is the most interesting place. The Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace Museum is in Surakarta Sunanate region. In the museum, there is a wide range of collections of historic objects, objects of art and culture related to Surakarta Sunanate. Here you will find a range of typical objects of the Kingdom used by the Royal family and also the great family of the first Government until now. There are 13 rooms in Surakarta which exhibit a wide range of collections. This historic collection includes cooking equipment used in the past, weaponry such as Keris, spear, Trident, sword, gun, and ancient cannons. Traditional art tools such as masks, puppets, and gamelan, desk chair, a carriage with a unique design etc.
A Carriage with a Unique Design
A Unique Carriage  (source flickr.com)

Kori Kamandungan


One part that can be encountered when it first set foot in this Kasunanan complex is Kori Kamandungan. Kori Kamandungan is a major gateway used by Abdi Dalem. The gate is not open to the public, only certain people who can get into Kasunanan through this door. There are three main doors are very large, the middle door and door to the right and left. Thirdly this door has a different function. The right and left doors open every day and can be used by Abdi Dalem for transitions. While the central part of the door , which is larger than the right door and left , only used during certain events and cannot be used by any people .

On the right and left sides Kori Kamandungan there are two large old mirrors. Both of these mirrors, according to Abdi Dalem Kasunanan, have its own function. Both mirrors are accidentally placed on the right and left as a medium for self-introspection and improve the appearance and clothes before meeting with the king.

Kori Kamandungan of Surakarta Sunanate
Kori Kamandungan  (source flickr.com)

Panggung Songgobuwono


There’s a Panggung Songgobuwono  in Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace, a tower with octagonal form. A few trust that it's far an area wherein Sri Sunan (a famous call for the king) persevered the tradition of his ancestors to see with the Goddess of South Seas (Kanjeng Ratu Kidul) at least on the anniversary of his coronation.
Panggung Songgobuwono of Surakarta Sunanate
Panggung Songgobuwono  (source flickr.com)

The Entrance fee of the Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace


Surakarta Palace Museum is open from Monday to Thursday 9.00 to 14.00, while Saturday and Sunday 9:00 until 15:00. Admission to the museum is Rp 10,000 on weekdays and 15,000 ($1) on weekends.

There are several things to consider when you visit the Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace. Do not use sunglasses, hats, jackets when inside the museum. In addition, you are also advised not to use shorts during a visit to the palace.

Plaosan Temple Central Java

Plaosan Temple Central Java


Plaosan Temple is located in Bugisan Village, Prambanan, Klaten Regency, about 1.5 km to the East of the Sewu TempleThis temple is a historic building complex is divided into 2 , particularly, the complex of Plaosan Lor Temple (Lor method North in Javanese) and the Plaosan Kidul Temple complex (Kidul in Javanese approach South). Sculpture in Plaosan Temple could be very soft and designated, just like that determined in Borobudur Temple, Sewu Temple, and Sari Temple. Plaosan Temple, it is located not far from the Prambanan Temple complex. The distance between the Plaosan Temple and Prambanan Temple is about 2 kilometers to the East. Although the location of Plaosan temple near the Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, but the two temples are very different and are not interconnected. Plaosan Temple is a Buddhist temple.
Plaosan Temple
The Grandeur of Plaosan Temple Central Java

History of Plaosan Temple

 Statues Guard Plaosan Temple Java
Statues Guard of Plaosan Temple (source flikr.com)

Plaosan Temple which is that this Buddhist temple through experts probably built in the course of the rule of Rakai Pikatan from the Hindu kingdom of Mataram, specifically at the start of the 9th Century.one of the professionals who support the opinion this is De Casparis who hold the substance of the Inscription Cri Kahulunan (842 M). Inside the inscription stated that Candi Plaosan Lor became constructed through Queen Sri Kahulunan, with the aid of her husband. In line with De Casparis, Sri Kahulunan changed into the title of Pramodhawardani, daughter of King Samarattungga of the Wangsa of Syailendra. The Princess, who embraced Buddhism, married to Rakai Pikatan from Wangsa of Sanjaya, who transformed to Hinduism.
the alternative opinion at the improvement of Plaosan Temple is that the temple was built before the rule of Rakai Pikatan. According to Anggraeni goddess, who's the Sri Kahulunan was the mom of Rakai Garung that ruled Mataram before Rakai Pikatan. Because it's far predicted for the duration of the rule of Rakai Pikatan is too short to be able to build the Temple of Plaosan Temple. Rakai Pikatan builds ancillary temples after the development of the main temple.

Candi Plaosan Lor (The North Plaosan Temple)


Candi Plaosan Lor is an extensive complex of enshrinement. In front of Plaosan Lor complex, there are two pairs of a Dvarapala statues face each other, the pair is located at the entrance to the North and a pair at the entrance to the South. In the North, there is a square-shaped stone terrace surrounded by a row of the stone base. Allegedly the stone terrace is the place to put offerings. It was said above the terrace building was made of wood, whereas above each of the base was there a statue of Dhyani Buddha.
In the center of the complex of Plaosan Lor, there are two buildings that have two levels which are the main temple. Both of the buildings facing the West and each is surrounded by a stone fence. Stonewall lining each of the main temples is surrounded by ancillary temples originally numbered 174 consisting of 58 smaller temples squared square base and 116 buildings form the stupa.
Plaosan Lor Temple
Plaosan Lor Temple

On the West side of the stone fences that surround each of the main building, there is a gateway of Paduraksa Gate, with a roof that is decorated with a row of small Crown. On the roof of the Paduraksa gate has a square shape with Crown across it.
Each of the main temple buildings stands on the foot as high as about 60 cm. along the outer wall of the second main temple decorated by reliefs depicting men and women who are standing in size resembling a human size. The reliefs on the wall of a temple in the South described the men and on the North of the temple depict women.

Candi Plaosan Kidul (The South Plaosan Temple)

Plaosan Kidul Temple

The South Plaosan Temple is located in the South of the Plaosan Lor Temple, separated by a highway. 

When in the complex Palosan Lor Temple both main temples are still standing with a magnificent, unfortunately in the South Plaosan Temple complex whose main temple is already a ruin. The Temple still standing are just a few ancillary temples.

Things to do in Plaosan Temple


Ethnic Tourism: observing the expression of the culture and lifestyle of the community, pay a visit to the home of the local population, see local traditional art, ceremonial or religious rituals.
Environmental Tourism: emphasis on attractions that are prepared by nature, Getting Back to Nature such as photography, tracking and so on.

Historical Tourism is the tourism activities visit places which have the value of the uniqueness of the history. In this case, the Plaosan Temple is included in it. Given the potential and historical value owned by Plaosan Temple.
Recreational Tourism: tourist activities that aim to relax such as Sightseeing, bicycling etc.

How to get Plaosan Temple


Public Transport


From Jogjakarta please ride Trans Jogja bus or buses heading for Yogyakarta-Solo and get off at Prambanan Temple. From Prambanan Temple, you can ride Ojek taxi (Popular motorbike escorted in Indonesia) heading to Plaosan Temple.

Private Vehicle


From Jogjakarta, you can follow the road Solo to get to the Sub-District of Prambanan in Central Java. When you find the third traffic light (the left side of the post office and if South to Prambanan Station) turn left heading towards Manisrenggo (Klaten). Then just follow the road until you see the intersection where the ancient Relics Preservation Office in Central Java is on the left side of the road or West. Please check out toward the East or right because that's where the Plaosan Temple is located.
The Ruin of Plaosan Temple
The Ruin of Plaosan Temple (source flikr.com)

Plaosan Temple Entrance Fee


The ticket price for visitors to Plaosan Temple for both domestic as well as foreign tourists is Rp 5.000 ($1)/person. And you will be asked to fill out a guest book when entering the area of Plaosan Temple.

Cave Tubing Goa Pindul Jogjakarta

Cave Tubing Goa Pindul Jogjakarta


Goa Pindul (Pindul cave) is one of the traveler sights within the village of Bejiharjo, district Karangmojo, Gunung Kidul Regency. Goa Pindul is a fall down it there is an underground river that extends from the mouth of the cave to the tail of the cave Goa Pindul is one of the popular locations of Gunungkidul Regency in Yogyakarta, especially among interested by the cave. Goa Pindul is so precise and present purely by means of natural strategies that shaped the stalactite and stalagmite courting returned lots of years inside the past. The allure of cave is placed at the underground rivers glide in all of the cave.

Goa Pindul also has stalactite and stalagmites. But the difference is capacity. According to research these stalactites and stalagmite caves already thousands of years old, so it has a very large form. In Goa Pindul, stalactite and stalagmites blends right in the middle of the cave forms a pillar, sturdy and looks great, in length accomplishing up to 5 spans of person's hands. Because of its big length, the stalactites in Goa Pindul fall into the category of the largest 4th in the international. A very exceptional factor may be obtained right here if you could see directly the beauty of stalactites fashioned naturally in Goa Pindul.

Goa Pindul is still active to this day. So if you visit again the next few years, you can see the pillars of stalactites is getting bigger. But feared of this is the greater the diameter of the stalactites, then it might be hard to get it passed and now the gap is just simply bypassed for one person only.
Goa Pindul Jogjakarta
Inside Goa Pindul Jogjakarta (source flikr.com)

History of Goa Pindul


This story at start people in ancient times named Ki Ageng Pemanahan and Kih Juru Mertani. Both get the assignment to kill the infant who is instructed by Panembahan Senopati Mataram. The baby is the son of Princess Penembahan Senopati.

Ki Ageng and Juru Mertani decided to violate the commandments of Panembahan Senopati that is reluctant to kill the baby. The two men decided to wander towards the East while carrying the baby, on a hilltop. Because the two men have a very remarkable supernatural powers, in his climb to the Hill collapsed leaving a sizable hole that is below the river water flows. The baby who is ordered to be killed by Panembahan Senopati bathed by Ki Ageng and Ki Juru Mertani River under Hole in the Hill. When processing of bathing the baby, the infant's cheeks abruptly bumps into the partitions of the cave until the bumps. In the Java language, ' means "Pindul". That turned into the historical past at the back of the foundation of the name Goa Pindul.

At the same time as the second version recounts that once upon a time there was a younger guy named Joko Singlunglung who is doing the journey to discover his father. The adventure traveled with the aid of him is absolutely heavy and complete of boundaries, passing thru the wasteland, rivers, up to dark caves. Whilst on his journey tracing a number of the cave the Joko Singlulung head’s bumps into a huge rock in a cave. That is what cave is called as Goa Pindul. Within the Java language, Pindul approach that cheek bump.
Cave Tubing Goa Pindul
Cave Tubing Goa Pindul Activity (source flikr.com)

Things to do in Goa Pindul


Cave Tubing Goa Pindul


Goa Pindul has a length of 350 meters, width up to 5 meters, the distance from the surface of the water with the roof of the cave 4 meters, and a water depth of about 5 to 12 meters. Goa Pindul has three zones are Dim, light and dark zones. It takes around 45 minutes.

Cave tubing is similar to rafting. If rafting is an activity down the flow of the river by boat, then cave tubing is the caving activities using the tires (similar to lifebuoy). Because the flow of water in Goa Pindul is calm, and do cave tubing in Goa Pindul this can also be done by the novice or young children even pregnant women. In the middle of Goa, there is a room that is rather large, with a hole in it and the locals call the wells upside down, the sunlight entering through the hole it makes the atmosphere more beautiful. On top of the cave, there are holes that are often used as vertical entrances by the SAR team members.

The magnificence of Goa Pindul is progressively finished with the trimming along the dividers of the Cave like an artful culmination of conceptual sketches is invaluable there are many bats putting embellish the alleyways of the cave. There is like a curtain that is composed of water droplets on the walls of caves.
Stalactites and Stalagmites Goa Pindul
Stalactites and Stalagmites at Goa Pindul (source flikr.com)

River Tubing Kali Oyo


Kali Oyo (Oyo River) is a river this is located no longer far from the vicinity of the Goa Pindul, even nonetheless belongs to a village that is positioned in Bejiharjo. The River along the 1500 meters with the period of one to two hours if you through it. Alongside the river, there are the lovely cliffs of ordinary karst rocks and natural Gunungkidul. There we can experience the beauty of the river Oyo by using the usage of tires (just like lifebuoy), as is the case in Goa Pindul. Accompanied by a guide and equipment that keeps us safe and comfortable then do not be afraid to wade through the River to a depth of 7 to 11 meters.

There is a waterfall on the Oyo River was additionally extremely excellent, where site visitors can take a wreck to revel in nature within the area of the Oyo River. Further site visitors also can jump from the threshold of the cliff into the Oyo River.
Kali Oyo Waterfall
Kali Oyo Waterfall (source flikr.com)

Caving Goa Gelatik


Goa Gelatik is positioned in the vicinity of the village of Bejiharjo, Gunungkidul, Karangmojo, it's miles located quite close to the Goa Pindul. The beauty of the cave is complementary to the existence of the village Bejiharjo, at the antiquity of the cave is often used for meditation people to get serenity. Now this cave has become visitor locations and nobody else is the usage of for meditation right here.

In this cave guides will accompany the incoming visitors to the cave, beside that the supervisor already presents safety system inclusive of helmets to keep our heads from the collision of the partitions of the cave, there are also shoes for in the cave is a quite slick so you do not slip, there may be also the oxygen tube simply in case due to the fact within the cave air quite minimum and a flashlight to light up all through the ride in Goa Gelatik.

How to get Goa Pindul


Goa Pindul is located in Yogyakarta. To get to this place is very easy. If you are using a private vehicle from Yogyakarta, you need to make the journey to the town of Wonosari, Gunungkidul afterward proceeded to the village of Bejiharjo and continue to follow the road until you find the sign of Pindul. This tourist attraction is situated at the end of the road, so it isn't a difficult issue to find this region.

While in case you're using public transportation, the trip will probably be a bit more difficult because public transports heading to Goa Pindul are very limited. From Yogyakarta, you may take a bus heading to Wonosari, and then get off at the Wonosari city or T-junction Grogol. Then continue by Ojek (popular motorbike escorted) or using public transport heading to the village of Bejiharjo, the price of approximately Rp 10.000 to Rp 20.000 ($2).

The entrance tickets to Goa Pindul are home tourists to Rp. 35,000 ($3)/person and foreign tourists to Rp. 50,000 ($5)/person and the best time to visit Goa Pindul is in April to October.

Dieng Plateau is Well Known as "Abode of the Gods"

Dieng Plateau is Well Known as "Abode of the Gods"


Dieng Plateau has the foremost distinctive natural atmosphere and various, with gorgeous landscapes. There are plenty of lovely Lake Assemblage, ancient temples and additionally a unique phenomenon of the Dieng crater and the mountain Dieng Prau that is a height of 2,565 meters above sea level as the highest peak within the Dieng Plateau.

Dieng's name comes from Sanskrit, that is "Di", that means a high profile and "Hyang" which means the place of the gods and goddesses. Native folks call the sights in Wonosobo most known as a region so stunning with a thick atmosphere of spiritual characteristics.
It’s not surprising this highland is named the ‘Abode of the Gods’. It’s completely beautiful here. Up on top of this 2.000 meters-high highland, you’ll see rolling hills stretching as far because the eye will see, spot boiling pits of mud, enjoyment of the wonder of colored lakes, and have the possibility to go to some of the oldest Hindu design in Java.

The highland is home to a few of little Hindu temples designed around 750 CE as monuments to the god-ancestors and dedicated to Shiva. Although it’s thought that there have been originally four hundred such temples, solely night stay. You’ll witness the earliest fine arts usage of the Javanese infernal masks and marine monsters on the niches and doorways of those little temples nowadays.
Dieng Plateau Central Java
Dieng Plateau Central Java (source flikr.com)


Dieng Plateau Weather


Dieng Plateau is the largest within the world after Nepal. It’s placed to the West of the complex of Mount Sindoro and Mount Sumbing concerning 26 kilometers from town Centre of Wonosobo, administratively located in the border area of Banjarnegara district and Wonosobo, Central Java. Air temperature in Dieng plateau ranges 12 until 18 ° C throughout the day and 5 to 9 ° Celsius at night time. During the dry season (July – September), temperatures will reach 4 ° C within the morning.

The natural beauty of Dieng Plateau became the grace that's valuable because the mainstay of the traveler attractions in Central Java, Dieng Plateau in Wonosobo and Banjarnegara domain offers over 37 attractions that are recognized worldwide. Dieng Plateau with all its cultural and natural phenomena makes anyone who visits feel stunned, antiquity some citizens of The Netherlands usually came to visit Dieng Plateau. Currently, they even dared to start promoting to European countries to visit Dieng Plateau. A mixture of beauty and majesty of nature panorama cultural remains of the past makes the Dieng plateau has its own added value compared with the other, plenty of people who have visited various attractions around the corners of the world, and there are rarely like Dieng Plateau, furthermore in the distance, travel between objects, nearly all of the attractions that are on the Dieng Plateau with its axis to each other.

Stunning Attractions at Dieng Plateau

The temples are on the Dieng Plateau


In the Dieng Plateau, Hindu temples are scattered on Dieng Plateau are named with the name of the famous characters within the epic Mahabharata. There were Bhima, Arjuna, Gatot Kaca, Srikandi, so forth. The art of temple architecture adopted the existing temple buildings in India. This will be seen from the statues that adorn the side of the building of the temple, including the Mahakala, Nandi Swara Mahesasura Mardini, Durga, Ganesha, and Agastya. There are 2 temples that may be compared is Candi Arjuna who is similar to the Bhintargaon Temple in India as well as Candi Semar like Parasurameswara Temple (India) and the form of the Mandapa.
Dieng Plateau Temples
The Temples at Dieng Plateau

Bukit Sikunir Dieng ( Sikunir Hill )


Sikunir peak is a popular place for tourists to see the sunrise. Sunrise here is extremely special, with views of the Golden Sun that rises above the clouds that are transverse. As an alternative, you'll enjoy the Sunrise through Viewing the Dieng features a height of meters 1.789 meters from sea level or from Mount Prau (2.566 m) that is the highest point in Dieng Plateau.

Telaga Warna Dieng (The colored Lake)


There is heaps of gorgeous Lake that is within the Dieng plateau, with its main attraction may be a terribly unique Telaga Warna faithful its name, Telaga Warna blaze red unique like green, yellow, blue, and silver. You can also visit the Lake known as Cebong that's placed within the village Sembungan, the highest village in Central Java. If you wish to visit the Menjer Lake water travel, this is the deepest lake in Wonosobo.
Telaga Warna Dieng (The Colored Lake)
Telaga Warna Dieng Plateau ( The Colored Lakes) (source flikr.com)

Telaga Cebong Dieng (Cebong Lake)


This is lake above the clouds, a lake that is located at an altitude of 2.300 meters above sea level, placed within the village of Sembungan. Telaga Cebong is a lovely natural harmony that you just will meet in the traveler area of Dieng plateau in Wonosobo. You’ll even camp out in the area of the Lake. The blue color of the sky blends with the green of the hills of bouncing on the surface of the pool crystal clear and quiet. in this place, you'll feel a natural beauty that's so charming and refreshing mountain air. Up the boat and skirted the Lake this can be the best way to feel the charm of nature quietness owned on top of the clouds.

Kawah Sikidang (Sikidang Crater)


As the volcanic mountainous terrain that's still active, don't be surprised if there are plenty of these features are still puffing smoke. One among the most famous is Kawah Sikidang that has sulfur compounds in it. The Sileri Crater and Candradimuka Crater is additionally a volcanic crater that's value to be visited, the crater is located within the tourist area of Dieng Plateau.
Kawah Sikidang (Sikidang Crater)
Sikidang Crater (source flikr.com)

The Perfect Time to Visit Dieng Plateau


Take into account that since the Dieng Plateau is placed around 2.000 meters on the pinnacle of sea degree; it’s tons cooler than on the encircling lowlands. Sunlight hour’s temperatures are around fifteen ranges Celsius and additionally the nights are even chillier, at around ten stages Celsius. It’s commonly a hint cooler in the course of the season from may additionally to October but there may be substantially much less rain all through those times and is that the excellent season to visit the Dieng Plateau, considerably within the months of June, July or August. Those months have a tendency to be the peak travel months to Dieng Plateau, however, even then you definitely attained word crowd  of travelers, therefore, it’s an actually revel into the journey.

The season stretches from November via April and this month is the rainy months, the season isn't always a first rate time to go to Dieng plateau there will be landslides and flooding that makes touring to and from the realm tougher.


How to get to Dieng Plateau


The simplest manner to get to Dieng Plateau is with the aid of land. You’ll be capable of getting to Dieng Plateau from Jakarta by catching a educate or night bus from Jakarta to Purwokerto. From Purwokerto, you’ll have to be forced to capture some other bus to Wonosobo, the most cities at the Dieng Plateau, then any other bus to Dieng.

You could additionally get to Dieng Plateau from Yogyakarta by catching a bus from Yogyakarta to Magelang. From Magelang, you’ll take another bus to Wonosobo, the maximum towns at the Dieng Plateau, so some other bus to Dieng. The ride from Yogyakarta to Dieng the use of public transportation takes around daily, in case you catch all the transfers. But the Dieng Plateau is honestly around a 4 hours’ pressure from Yogyakarta. you'll either lease an automobile and pressure yourself or raise around at your motel and neighborhood travel retailers in Yogyakarta for a shared car as a way to do a right away direction to Dieng Plateau.

Prambanan Temple Indonesia

Prambanan Temple Indonesia


Prambanan Temple is located in the garden of Prambanan tour, more or less seventeen kilometers to the East of Yogyakarta, within the village of Prambanan sub-district of Bokoharjo. The placement is simply around 100 m from the Yogya-Solo main road; therefore it isn't hard to search out it. Most of the tourism area that is located at an elevation of 154 m above water level is enclosed in Sleman Regency. Whereas some definitions of the region of Klaten. The Prambanan Hindu temple complex is highest whereas the prettiest in Indonesia.
Prambanan Temple Indonesia
Prambanan Temple Indonesia

Prambanan Temple features a stunning and aesthetic interest, therefore no surprise if this Prambanan Temple in 1991, UNESCO acknowledges the Prambanan temple into a protected world heritage site. If we glance at the design in Prambanan Temple-shaped tall and lean in order that it becomes its own additional value. Prambanan Temple has high forty-seven meters. Including the main temple surrounded by rows of little temples around him. This heritage may be an important quality, therefore it's no surprise several domestic travelers and foreign tourists to visit Prambanan Temple.

Prambanan Temple Story


Prambanan Temple is additionally known as Rorojongrang as a result of the associated by a legend that supposedly believed by most of the Javanese community. The legend tells the story of a prince Bandung Bondowoso who named the falls in love with a princess named Rara Jongrang. Because the princess could not resist his love then the princess asking terms that have to be done by the Bandung Bondowoso to create the temple with the quantity of 1.000 statues nightlong. 

The request was approved and also the Roro Jongrang nearly met one night until finally, Roro Jongrang enlisted the assistance of the villagers to mashing the rice in order to form a chicken crowd in order that marked the days already. However, Bandung Bondowoso who is aware of if rigged at that time already completed 999 statues and Bandung Bondowoso who condemn Roro Jongrang statue to be 1.000.
Prambanan Temple Indonesia
Prambanan Temple is Under Renovation (source flikr.com)


Description of Prambanan Temple


Prambanan Temple has 3 main temples on the main page, specifically Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. The 3 Temple are the epitome of Trimurti in Hindu belief. The third Temple is facing east. Every main temple has accompanying Temple facing to the West, specifically Nandini for Shiva, Angsa for Brahma, and Garuda for Vishnu. Additionally, there are still two Apit temples, four Kelir temples, and four Sudut temples. Meanwhile, the second page has 224 temples.

When you enter the Shiva temple which is that the tallest building, there are four rooms containing statues of Shiva, whereas the three different rooms contain Durga (Shiva's wife), Agastya (Shiva's teacher), and Ganesh (son of Shiva). Statue of Durga that's usually considered to be a statue of Roro Jonggrang in legend as told above. step up to the Vishnu Temple, you may solely realize one area a statue of Vishnu, and Brahma Temples additionally as having only 1 area contains a statue of Brahma.
Prambanan Temple Statues
Prambanan Temple Statues Guard (source flikr.com)

Accompanying Temple is Garuda Temple luring placed close to Vishnu Temple. It saves the story of human figure half the birds named Garuda. Garuda could be a mystical bird in Hindu Mythology the Golden-bodied, white-faced, red- winged, beaked and wingless almost like Eagle. A figure that's an adaptation of the Hindu Bennu (meaning ' sunrise ' or ' shining ', related to the God Re) within the mythology of Ancient Egypt or Ancient Greece mythology in Phoenix. Garuda will save his mother from the curse of Aruna (Garuda who is handicapped) by stealing Tirta Amerta (the holy water of the gods).

The scenery around the Prambanan Temple is incredibly fascinating. You’ll be able to see however stunning and nice relief of the relics of antiquity, one among the reliefs of the famed romance, in fact, Rama and Shinta. As a result of these reliefs which served because the basis for performing Ramayana ballet at this place. There are reliefs of Kalpataru tree or that according to Hindus because of the tree of life. The Kalpataru pictured flanking a lion.


Prambanan Temple Ramayana Ballet


Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday is going to be held within the Ramayana ballet performances of Prambanan temple complex. The show combines the art of dance, drama, and music. Although there's no dialogue between the players, you'll be able to still follow the manner of the story of Ramayana. The Colossal performance this picturesque starts at 19.30 untill 21.30. Throughout the season the show can take place at the open theater, however in rainy season performances were held within the building of Trimurti. For watching the Ramayana Ballet the price tag is totally different from the doorway of Prambanan Temple. Ensure the show that is been happening for many years was entered into the list of your visit to Yogyakarta.

Panoramic view of Prambanan Temple; additionally you'll be able to enjoy the afternoon. Enter the twilight, a high Temple views complete with scarlet sky can you see. At the time, the Ballet was performed for temple building will be highlighted picturesque colorful lights. Additionally to the temple complex, you'll be able to also learn history through archeology and museum Audio Visual that was still within the Prambanan temple complex.
Prambanan Temple Ramayana Ballet
Ramayana Ballet Performance at Prambanan Temple

How to get to Prambanan Temple


The location of the Prambanan Temple is located on the edge of the main road in Yogyakarta – Solo, therefore, it will be easily accessed from anyplace. due to the traveler sites of the Prambanan Temple is located within the town. For those of you coming back from out of the city, you'll be able to additionally use ground or air transport mode then you'll be able to transit within the town of Semarang or Yogyakarta or because of both towns nearest to the location of the Prambanan Temple Tour. Then continue within the direction of Klaten or Yogyakarta, and from there you'll be able to walk or use the cart transport heading to the Court of the Prambanan Temple.

Prambanan Temple Entrance Fee


Domestic tourist’s adults: Rp 30.000/person,
Domestic Child: Rp 12.500/person
Foreign tourists: 18 USD/person