Surakarta Travel Guide

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Surakarta Things to Do

  • STSI - Academy Of Indonesian Performing...

    History of STSI Surakarta can not be separated with the existence since July 15, 1964 of ASKI (Academy of Conservatory). The STSI (Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia = Academy of Indonesian Performing Arts) Surakarta is the prestigious Art Academy in Surakarta. You may watch here some rehearsal of the students free of charge, an very interesting...

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  • MANGKUNEGARAN PALACE

    Don't be misled by the plate "Mangkunegaran Palace Hotel", the Palace is in the area of Pura Mangkunegaran where the Mangkunegaran Hotel has been founded on the domain of the Palace. This is not actually a "kraton" but a 200-year-old Javanese aristocrat's home built on extra large, luxury and splendid scale. This is the palace of the junior line of...

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  • PASAR KLEWER

    The Solonese Pasar Klewer is the largest batik and textile market in Indonesia, also named "Hanging Market". In this two-storey market place near the Susuhunan's Kraton/Palace, a mad bustle of hundred of stalls offers traditional fabrics, bright batik, Western clothes, and ready-made Indonesian clothes, including stunning "luriks" (short-sleeve and...

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  • Noble Solo And Its Center - The Kraton

    Is Yogyakarta more distinguished, modern and pleasant than "Noble Solo" (also known as Surakarta), and only 60 km East of Yogyakarta? Would be particulary curious, for Solo is the ancient, older and more refined centre of royal Central-Java and traditional Jawa (older name for Java).The Palace of Solo, Solo Kraton, got constructed in 1734-1746...

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  • PASAR GEDE Fruit

    Pasar Gede Harjonagoro is one of the main traditional markets in Surakarta. When Sri Susuhunan Pakubuwono X (1839-1939) reigned the place was built by famous Dutch architect Thomas Karsten in Dutch colonialization of Indonesia time. So the building is of historical importance and has some historical value ...It is the biggest traditional market...

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  • DJEBRES STATION

    My father had asked me to visit the Djebres/Jebres Train Station to make some pics. There are 2 "socially-constructed" stations; the Solo Balapan - upper-class trains and Solo Jebres - economic class trains. Because of it old history the Djebres Train Station is worth a visit. From there you could go for a becak/rickshaw trip around and see some...

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Surakarta Restaurants

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    by dew_shinoda Written Nov 7, 2004

    this restaurant located at jalan Ahmad Dahlan solo. we go there because it's close with our homestay at Solo. the warm appearance of it makes us felt really welcomed. then the hostess mrs. Suntari with her big smile offers us the menu and tell us how she made everything in the menu, try to boil water to make ice cube so her costumer stays healthy :D.

    this restaurant offer you indonesian food like Gudeg yogya, Opor ayam, nasi Kebuli.

    and also international menus.

    cheap and great services..

    food are great
    drink... average

    Favorite Dish: nasi liwet

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Surakarta Transportation

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    by RoyJava Written Mar 13, 2005

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    Don't be surprised to see a truly double-decker city bus/bis kota in Solo. This useful "bis kota" runs continually from Kartasura in the West, along Jalan Slamet Riyadi (Solo's main street) and Jalan Jenderal Sudirman to Palur in the East (about 800 - 1000 Rp).

    The minibus station is by Hadiningrat Kraton opposite Pasar Klewer, or flag them down along the main streets. The taxi stand is on Jalan Kratonan in the same area ...

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Surakarta Shopping

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    by RoyJava Updated Apr 18, 2007

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    The Pasar Klewer ("Hanging Market", a 2-storey department) is the best place to get original batik and, Pasar Klewer doesn't have as much rubbish as Yogya's big Pasar Beringhardjo. Children's clothes are unbeliavably cheap, although bargaining is obligatory here and if you're buying cap/imprint batik look over carefully for holes!

    What to buy: Wanna buy the best batik (batik tulis), then you better visit the 2nd floor, ... that is if you can make it. It is execrably hot around hundreds of stalls which offer their ware, and the best things are less inclined to bargain, also on the 2nd ... Stumbling around see the colorful stalls, too ...

    Try to get some striking "lurik" material, that is natural cotton, rough to the touch like Indian cotton but softens with age. With striped, colorful patterns, "lurik" is an hot item. And you might meet tailors who make custom-made clothes in one day! If you find the time they are fabulous!

    What to pay: About 20 to 40$

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Surakarta Local Customs

  • Sacred Solonese Court Dances

    The Bedhaya Court dances of Central Java got world famous because of its refined elegance and calm atmosphere of the dancing. It may be too slow and the movements too tedious, considered as "halus" (refined) and "sacred-bedhaya". In a general sense, Javanese art specialists refer to all "bedhaya" and "shrimpi" dances as "sacred" and "religious" ......

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  • SOLONESE MAKE-UP

    The Ketawang composition possesses such great influence that it serves as a means of exorcism for the country, enhancing its prosperity, order and peace, wealth, populousness, well-being and happiness, etc. It is told, that Her Majesty Queen Kencana Sari (another name for RATU KIDUL), ruler of the spirits, nymphs and ghosts and of all the invisible...

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  • LORO BLONYO Statue

    The LORO BLONYO (Inseparable Couple, Wedding Couple) is a much beloved Javanese statue often found inside the house of a Javanese family. It's a representation of the Javanese version of the Hindu Rice Goddess Dewi Sri and her husband Raden Sadono.The Wedding Couple as gift is health, prosperity and fertility for the newly married in Java. The...

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Surakarta Off The Beaten Path

  • STSI Arts Academy Surakarta

    We went for a becak-ride (rickshaw) to visit the STSI Arts Academy Surakarta and, enjoyed some excellent rehearsal of young students. After a chat they were so kind to invite us for some more demonstrations though, time killed us and we could not put in our appearance ... alas!When lucky watch the beautiful S'rimpi-dances. Original created in the...

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  • 1985 Catastrophe

    Decadence is not that unfamiliar to the Solonese Kraton family. Rumors about the Raja's womanizing and extravagances were rampant. Until, during the night of 1 January 1985, catastrophe struck when the main core of the Kraton, the Dalam Gede (with all its priceless wood architecture and furniture) caught fire. What followed was a comic tragedy....

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  • GAMELAN Play

    Gamelan is not an ordinary music-band and contains an exquisite ensemble of metal percussion instruments from Indonesia. See the court-gamelan and the handcrafted gongs and metallophones using bronze, brass and iron, all set on beautiful hand-carved wooden frames.Gamelan is an excellent and wonderful way to educate music and, it is said anyone can...

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Surakarta Favorites

  • BEDHAYA KETAWANG

    Maybe the today court-dance Bedhaya Ketawang is the upmost legendary dance with ancient traditions of the Far East, performed at Central Java. Legendary because of its creator, better the Panembahan Senapati ing-Galogo (Founder and first King of the Mataram Empire, 1585-1601) to whom this court-dance got dedicated.It is told the Southern...

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  • NYI LARA KIDUL - SOLO BATIK

    Batik art still is regarded as an elite art-form, at Java named "halus", along with Gamelan-music, Wayang shadow-puppet shows, Lakon-myths, Tempong-poetry and Joged court-dances. To the most expensive batiks from Solo during late 19th century were the richly red dyes, the so called SOGA BROWN's. Traditionally, batik has been focused on no more...

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