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Chinatown, the Grand Mosque and Kampung Batik

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At first glance, Solo isn’t the most appealing of Indonesian cities, but many of the attractions are within a relatively easy walking distance of one another, and, once you get off the main roads, it is a pleasant—and interesting—town to wander through.

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Set more or less due north of Karaton Kasunanan Surakarta, Solo’s small Chinatown is worth a quick wander, especially if you have an interest in markets.

Raise the red lantern. Photo taken in or around Chinatown, the Grand Mosque and Kampung Batik, Solo, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Raise the red lantern. Photo: Stuart McDonald

At the northern end of Jalan Sudirman, the road splits with Jalan Jend. Urip Sumoharjo veering to the east, over the short bridge which spans the Pepe River (though it is more like a canal)—and once you reach the eastern bank, you’re in Chinatown. If you are in Solo near Lunar New Year, expect the streets to be strung with red lanterns.

Once you cross the river you’ll see Tien Kok Sie pagoda to your right on Jl RE. Martadinata. This pagoda is the epicentre of Solo’s Chinatown, hosts dragon dances and in early 2018 released 999 sparrows to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Old building near Pasar Gede. Photo taken in or around Chinatown, the Grand Mosque and Kampung Batik, Solo, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Old building near Pasar Gede. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Cross the road from here and you’ll walk straight into the sprawling Pasar Gede which sells all manner of goods from t-shirts and flip flops through to over-sized snake fruit and limes. Wander the market but also make the time to explore the immediately surrounding streets as there are some pretty (albeit very run down) trading houses in the area.

Across the road, in a far more attractive two storey building, is Pasar Gede Barat—a triangle shaped building that is a major fruit clearing house—it is very photogenic. On the western side of Pasar Gede Barat, Jalan Suryopranoto runs to the north—if you have an interest in traditional Chinese style shopfronts, with a keen eye you will spot a few along here, but much is hidden behind commercial hoardings. The back side of these buildings can be seen from the bridge over the Pepe River as this row backs onto the ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Chinatown, the Grand Mosque and Kampung Batik
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