Let’s Go to Solo!
Being one of the cultural cities in Indonesia, Solo hides so many gems, waiting for travelers to explore. The small city is located in Central Java – to go there, tourists can take a plane and arrive at Adi Sumarmo International Airport or by a train from Semarang (the capital city of Central Java) or Yogyakarta. And this is the bucket list for everyone who visits the town.
The Tallest Hotel
There are many hotels to welcome visitors in the city, but Alila Solo is the most excellent as the hotel makes a lot of breakthrough. The tallest hotel in the city also has the largest Grand Ballroom and the highest rooftop bar, Agra. Boasting rich Javanese culture on its interior, the hotel can also take guests even closer to the locals through the “Alila Experience Day” program, taking them to the following tourist destinations.
Get to know Solo’s rich history by visiting the palaces. The Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat displays collections of artefacts awarded by the kings in Europe, sacred documents, and more, including gamelan, Javanese traditional music ensemble. Another palace to see is the Mangkunagaran Palace that was built in the 1700s. And just like Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat, this palace is also home to historical items, including royal carriages.
The Flea Market
Within a five-minute walk from the Mangkunagaran Palace lies Solo’s unique flea market, the Triwindu Market. This is the place to find antique and unique knick-knacks that may not be found anywhere else. From accessories like necklaces to batik fabrics, China cups and teapots, and even gramophones – there must be something from here to bring home as souvenirs. Don’t forget to bargain to get the best price.
Central Java is home to numerous temples from the glorious era of several kingdoms that once ruled the area – some even ruled the archipelago like the Majapahit Kingdom. One of the must-visit is Cetho Temple that is located on the foot of Mount Lawu. This temple was built towards the end of Majapahit era in the 15th century, and still serves as a holy place where the Hindu people of the area come to pray.
The Natural View
Wherever you go, and whatever vehicle you use to go around Solo – be it a car or a public transportation -, don’t forget to enjoy the view of the greenery along the way.
Magazine issue > Beyond Bali