Located in the heart of Solo, with a large alun-alun, or public park, in front, the Puro compund is made up of three different sections and contains a museum of artifacts from royal life, including some rather scary-looking male and female chastity belts, delicate headpieces worn by palace dancers and more.
The grounds and huge entertaining pavillions at Puro Mankunagaran are nicely maintained and adorned with Dutch lamps and scuptures from Europe and China.Â You will need a guide to tour the complex, as the royal family still live in the residence. Our guide was very friendly, but did little to explain the origins or history of the palace. She was very helpful in explaining the rituals of royal life in the past and today, however, and recommended other sights around town.
Traditional dance practice is held here on Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00 and tourists are invited to watch. On Saturdays there are also gamelan music performances.
Entrance does not include the cost of a guide, whom you pay what you see fit (around 10,000 rupiah is considered fair).