However, a word of warning... if you don't know your antiques well, be careful not to be fooled by claims of authenticity.Â Some of the goods here are reproductions.Â Prices, however, are cheap and haggling is expected.Â Even if you don't have room in your backpack for colonial-era lightfittings, silverware and Javanese wooden masks, it's still a great place to browse.Â On our ... Read more about Pasar Triwindu (Antiques Market) .
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 ... Read more about Puro Mankunegaran .
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 900 metres above sea level up a very steep hill... so steep, that on our visit the motorcycle that our guide had earlier nicknamed the mighty horse barely made it. The ... Read more about Candi Sukuh & Candi Cetho .
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 designed by Dutch women during the colonial period, to Chinese-inspired batik and to patterns worn exclusively by the Yogyakarta and Solo royal families. There are also ... Read more about Danar Hadi Batik Museum .
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 lack of signs â€“ not just a lack of signs in English but an absolute lack of signs in ... Read more about Karaton Kasunanan SurakartaÂ .
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 pool indicate that weekends are when the waterfall is at its busiest, but on weekdays it's peaceful... well, except for the thunderous ... Read more about Grojogan Sewu Waterfall .
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.Â 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.Â In a secondary part of the market just nearby, to the north of Masjid Agung mosque, are more batik clothes as well as cheap ... Read more about Pasar Klewar (Batik Market) and Kampung Batik .
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