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Things to see and do

Pasar Triwindu (Antiques Market)

Just a short walk out of the main gates of Puro Mankunagaran and located on the charming public art-filled street of Jalan Diponegoro, Pasar Triwindu is an antique lovers paradise. However, a word of warning... if you don’t know your antiques well, be careful not to be fooled by claims of authenticity. Some of the goods here are reproductions. Prices, however, are cheap and haggling is ... Read more about Pasar Triwindu (Antiques Market) .

Puro Mankunegaran

This is Solo’s second palace, built by a rebel prince in 1757. 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 ... Read more about Puro Mankunegaran .

Candi Sukuh & Candi Cetho

Located some 40 kilometres from Solo and set high among breathtaking tea plantations and lush green farmlands on the dramatic peaks of Mount Lawu, sit Candi Sukuh & Candi Cetho. These two ancient temples are little visited compared to Borobudur and Prambanan, but worth the sometimes precarious trip. Candi Cetho is probably the most beautiful of the pair, set in often misty heights more than ... Read more about Candi Sukuh & Candi Cetho .

Danar Hadi Batik Museum
Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi No. 261, Solo

This private museum, established by the owner of the Danar Hadi batik company, has a comprehensive collection of antique batik materials, presented in an ornate building. Surprisingly, the museum is little known by most tourists, perhaps because it is situated behind what looks like a typical expensive batik boutique. The batik in the museum is grouped into different styles, from those cloths ... Read more about Danar Hadi Batik Museum .

Karaton Kasunanan Surakarta

Solo’s palace, the Karaton, is a series of grand buildings gathered around leafy green courtyards. Significantly more decorative than the public areas of Yogyakarta’s Kraton in terms of style, it’s definitely worth a visit if you are in town. A large part of the palace was destroyed by fire in 1985, however quite a lot of the grandeur and charm still remains. The only problem is a complete ... Read more about Karaton Kasunanan Surakarta .

Grojogan Sewu Waterfall

This spectacular waterfall, set in a lush green canyon about an hour east of Solo, is popular with locals as a place to cool off. It also seems like a favourite place for timid courting teenagers on very G-rated dates. The path down to the waterfall is steep but paved steps make it a very manageable walk. Save some energy for the trek back up. At the base, a children’s playground and wading ... Read more about Grojogan Sewu Waterfall .

Pasar Klewar (Batik Market) and Kampung Batik

Located next to the Karaton, Pasar Klewar is a bustling traditional market specialising in the sale of local batik fabric. Nearly all of the products on sale are made from cheap mass produced batik, so be wary of any claims that the batik is handmade. The market is busy, crowded and hot, so it’s better to go early in the morning. Prices are reasonable, but you will need to haggle. In a ... Read more about Pasar Klewar (Batik Market) and Kampung Batik .

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