The Alana Hotel & Convention Center - Solo
Jl. Adi Sucipto, Colomadu - Solo (Karanganyar)
Close to Karangpandan, a busy road heads southward from the main Solo to Tawangmangu road and towards the burial hill attractions of Mangadeg. For just a small donation you are able to visit the elaborate graves of the Mangkunegoro family and enjoy the spectacular surrounding scenery, with views that seem to go on forever. Close by and still within the sacred hills is a further opulent burial site - the Astana Giribangun.
Sarangan is a small and sleepy town on the outskirts of Solo. It remains fairly quiet during the working days. However, at weekends, many visitors descend to Sarangan and the town quickly becomes a rather crowded holiday resort. If you do take a trip here, you will certainly enjoy the panoramas, and may even like to hop on a speedboat and take a quick tour of the lake. Those planning to climb the Gunung Lawu will find that Sarangan is a good place to set a base camp.
Cetho & Sukuh Temple
The Sukuh and Cetho Temples are magnificent Javanese-Hindu temples and sandwiched between East and Central Java. This attraction is quite mysterious and is rather Inca-like in its structure, resembling a truncated pyramid in appearance. The Sukuh and Cetho Temples are to be found approximately 36 kilometers / 22 miles to the east of Solo and features innumerable crude sculptures and carvings which are around 500 years old, although they appear to be more like they were created in the 5th or 6th century. Close by, a trail leads down the hill and towards Tawangmangu.
Kasunanan Palace is also known as Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat was built in 1745 by King Pakubuwono the 2nd. The Palace is the first thing known upon the discovery of Solo City.
Inside of the palace, there is an exotic art gallery and a museum with royal heirlooms of the kingdom. A cart and its coachman, ancient weapons including keris (Javanese Traditional Weapon), and also antique matters. In the yard of the palace, there is a tower called Panggung Sanggabuwana, a mysterious tower as a place for the king to meet the ruler of the Southern Sea.
Close to the center of the modern city is the smaller Palace, Mangkunegaran Palace. Built in 1757 after a bitter struggle against the founder of Surakarta, Pakubuwono II, by his nephew Raden Mas Said, who was later crowned Pangeran Mangkunegoro I. Although smaller, this Keraton is more intact and is a bit more interesting than its bigger neighbor. The royal family still lives at the back of the palace, but most of the rest is open to the public for guided tours.
Sepur Kluthuk Jaladara
Old-fashioned steam train, known as Sepur Kluthuk Jaladara will invite you to tour around various places of interest in Solo. Interestingly, the railway line is directly on the side of the city’s main street, without borders.
When stepping in Jaladara, you can enjoy the beauty of Solo City along the route. You will also have the opportunity to shop and visit historical attractions in some areas between Sangkrah and Purwosari Stations. Some of the destinations visited include Pusat Grosir Solo (PGS), Beteng Trade Center (BTC), Batik Danar Hadi, Radya Pustaka Museum, and the mayor’s official residence Loji Gandung.
Museum Batik Danar Hadi
The history of Batik Danar Hadi also began in Solo City, when H. Santosa Doellah and his wife Hj. Danarsih Santosa decided to start their batik business in 1967.The name Danar Hadi itself was actually a combination of two names; Ibu Danarsih and her father H.Hadipriyono. "Galeri Batik Kuno Danar Hadi" is located at the centre of Surakarta, at Jl. Brigjen. Slamet Riyadi No. 261-263, at the main street of Surakarta.
Triwindu Antique Market
Also known as Windujenar Market, Triwindu Antique Market is located on Jalan Diponegoro, not far from the Mangkunegaran Palace in Solo. Upon entering the market complex, you will be greeted by a pair of statues – a man and a woman sitting in the cross-legged position. Solely dedicated to the sale of antiques, the atmosphere in Triwindu differs from other markets. The building itself, wherein the market is situated, is a two-storey, wooden structure that has stood since 1945, adding to the “antique” feel of the market.
Ngarsopuro Night Market in Solo City
Ngarsopuro Night Market is a night market in the city of Solo, which can be visited on a Saturday night and Sunday night. The region was once lined with electronic shops and was less organized. Since 2009, the area was transformed into a very beautiful place and worth visiting by children, teenage couples, families and groups who want to fill the weekend with relaxing and inexpensive activities. Some products and souvenirs are commonly found here include a variety of Solo souvenirs of clothes, bags, batik-accentuated shoes, pins and stickers which are all unique and interesting. In addition, at the Night Market Ngarsopuro there are also many street foods and snacks ready to pamper your taste bud, such as Nasi Liwet, Cabuk Rambak, Wedang Ronde, Solo Sausage, Meatball Grill, Sate Kere, etc.
Batik Village Laweyan
Kampoeng Batik (Batik Village) Laweyan is a village of 24.83 hectares and about 2,500 citizens living in it. Laweyan is the oldest Batik Village in Indonesia and is one of the Batik central in Solo. This village was the icon of Batik Solo. Since the 19th century, this village was known as batik village.
The traditional batik art masterpieces continue to be performed by Laweyan’s society until now. The surrounding situation of batik making activities in the past, predominated by the existence of batik entrepreneur as the owner of batik business. That is why the village of Laweyan once known as the village of batik bosses (kampoeng juragan batik).