Top 10 Attractions
- Borobudur Temple
The biggest Buddhist temple in the ninth century measuring 123 x 123 meters, and it’s considered as one of the seven wonders of the world. This temple is located in Magelang, around 2,5 hours from Solo City. Has 1460 relief panels and 504 Buddha effigies in its complex, and it was completed centuries before Angkor Wat in Kamboja
- Kasunanan Royal Palace
An enormous landmark in the city. The Palace was the house of the Java king who ruled over Central Java, century ago. Founded by Susuhunan Pakubuwono II (Sunan PB II) in 1744 as a substitute for the Palace / Palace Kartasura ravaged due to Geger Pecinan 1743. The palace is huge, which stands in 54 acre of land. The numerous statues, royal heirlooms, ancient weapons and precious and “The Tower Of The Universe” which is a meeting place of The Goddess of the Sea is some of the richness of this palace.
- Puro Mangkunegaran
A very beautiful and well maintained palace. The construction of the Puro Mangkunegaran in Solo can be dated back to the year 1757. The Mangkunegaran Palace is a classic repository of classical Javanese art and culture. Several numerous priceless treasures can be found at this royal estate which are believed to be from the Majapahit (1293 E 1478) and Mataram (1586 E 1755) empire eras. The palace also features an exquisite collection of dance masks, wayang orang (dance drama) costumes, leather and wooden wayang puppets, religious icons, jewelry, and uncountable other antiques and heirlooms.
- Triwindu Antique Market
A traditional flea market that sell antique items. Its a very nice antique market with lots of ethnic, craft, and vintage stuffs of any kind. Here, visitors can find cpins, radio, keris, lamps, leather puppet, kid toys, wooden or bronze statue, and also reproduction of antiques. Walking down the market aisles with antiques scattered on the right and left sides will make you feel like you are in the antique heaven.
- Sangiran Prehistoric Sites
The important prehistoric sites that reveals the live of former human in evolution. In 1996, Sangiran has recognized by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as one of World Heritage Sites. To date, 100 individuals of Homo Erectus fossils had been found in Sangiran. This amount represents more than half the population of Homo Erectus fossils in the world. Homo Erectus itself is the missing link of human evolution between apeElike human to modern human.
- Sukuh and Cetho Temples
Sukuh is a 15th century JavaneseEHindu temple that is located on the western slope of Mount Lawu (3,000 feet above sea level). It has a distinctive thematic reliefs from other candi where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme. While Cetho temple is a hindu temple relics print end of the majapahit period (15th century) at an altitude of 1400m above sea level. Until now, the temple complex is used by local residents who are hindus as a place of worship and popular as a sanctuary for those in the original religion of java / javanese beliefs (kejawen).
- Prambanan Temple
The masterpiece of Hindu culture of the tenth century. The slim building soaring up to 47 meters makes its beautiful architecture incomparable. The foundation of this temple has fulfilled the desire of the founder to show Hindu triumph in Java Island. Prambanan temple has three main temples in the primary yard, namely Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva temples, which are symbols of Trimurti in Hindu belief. Prambanan also has panels of relief describing the story of Ramayana.
- Pasar Gedhe-traditional market
Pasar Gede Harjonagoro is a traditional market in the heart of Surakarta that was build by Thomas Karten’s (a well known Dutch’s architect). With interesting architecture to deceive the tropical climate, this market is unified with the city’s arrangement. Pasar Gede has orientation to meet the Kasunanan palace’s linear axis. Here visitors can buy fruits, vegetables, meats, and various kind of traditional food, as well as enjoy the traditional cuisine of Solo, like timlo and dawet.
- Batik Village: Kampung Batik Laweyan and Kauman
Laweyan is one of popular the central batik in Solo. There are a lot of history left in this village until became icons Batik Solo since 19th century. Kauman Batik Village is another industrial batik center in Solo. In this place, hundreds of pieces of batik cloth over the age of 35 years exhibited at several of angle Javanese wooden house.
- Museum of Batik W Danar Hadi
The passion of H.Santosa Doellah (local entreupreneurs) for preserving Batik, trigger the idea of building a museum of batik. In this place, visitors can experience Javanese art at its finest, by observing the intricate process of making batik or enjoy traditional Javanese performing arts presented at the beautiful old building having the splendor of traditional Javanese architecture, nDalem Wuryaningratan. Displayed in this gallery are the antique batiks that were created through the period of time before and during the Dutch and Japanese occupancy, till the independence of Indonesia.
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