There are two dynasties from Central Java, the Sultanate of Yogyakarta and the Sultanate of Solo (also known as Surakarta). Yogyakarta is similar to the famous older brother of Solo. Tourists visiting Indonesia fast know all about Yogyakarta, along with its attractions and things to do. In the frantic rush to explore Indonesia, Solo frequently gets overlooked.
Part of the reason behind this is that Solo is more famous for its business than tourism. That’s a shame considering there are a lot of good things to do in Solo. Here is a listing of some of the most incredible things that you can do and see in and around Surakarta/Solo. I hope after reading the content, you will agree that Solo is also a fantastic holiday destination.
- Batik at Klewer market
Are you a massive fan of batik fabric? Solo is renowned for the quality of its batik. Klewer marketplace is a traditional marketplace where you can discover many different kinds and qualities of batik. I remember my mother always included a trip to Klewer market in Solo on her trip every moment we went to see our grandma in Boyolali. You’re assured of getting some lovely batik here should you look.
- Hunting for some classic at Pasar Triwindu
Pasar Triwindu is your antique/flea market in Solo. Of course, you do want to be careful when shopping here. Exactly like Jalan Surabaya at Jakarta, there are a lot of fake goods sold here. Still, buying Pasar Triwindu is a fun experience. Researching Pasar Triwindu feels just like walking through a museum. The market is relatively clean and tidy. It’s relatively fine for window shopping or just taking some pictures and just enjoying an afternoon walk if you’re searching for Solo’s things.
- Get lost in Laweyan Batik Village
If you’re looking for classic batik, then you have to visit Laweyan Batik Village. This village is famed for its history — previously, a lot of wealthy batik businessmen resided here. Visiting Laweyan feels a little bit like you are stepping back in the past. It is possible to walk through the small alleys and see old spots/buildings that are very appealing and do a bit of boutique shopping. When you visit Laweyan, you can learn to produce batik, watch how batik is made, and perform a little batik shopping.
- The Old Royal Palace
You May Visit Mangkunegaran Palace (Pura Mangkunegaran) and Kasunanan Palace (Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat). I didn’t have the chance to see Mangkunegaran Palace and only visited Kasunanan Palace. The Palace grounds cover a massive area. It’s a beautiful place to visit, and the surroundings are very relaxing. On the other hand, the museum is falling apart and also in desperate need of renovation.
- Grand Mosque Kraton Surakarta
I remember seeing it frequently when I stopped by to see my loved ones in Surakarta throughout my childhood. The mosque has a classic Javanese design, and the inside is spacious, spacious, and airy.
- Jaladara Steam Train
If you are driving by Slamet Riyadi road, you can not overlook the old railroad of Sepur Kluthuk Jaladara. Locals usually call it the Jaladara steam rail. It is a traditional steam train in the Victorian age, and it is painted black. You can still ride on the train. The journey starts from Purwosari channel and cuts across the city of Surakarta finish at the Sangkrah channel. An early reservation is necessary if you wish to ride the train, which is already more than 100 years old.
- Cengklik for Sunset Hunters
Cengklik reservoir can be found at Boyolali. The reservoir is an excellent spot for sunset lovers and people who love photography.