Solo, also known as Surakarta, is a city in Central Java, Indonesia. Most people will regard Solo as a hub for business trips. But Solo has a lot more to offer, especially if you are into experiencing culture. Here are some of the activities and sites you can visit, to experience and enjoy Solo.
1. Antique Hunting
Antique lovers will find this “pasar” or market, a paradise. Pasar Triwindu is Solo’s famous flea market.
Well known for selling antiques and knick-knacks, this is one place that you have to venture in and dig deep within to hunt for your treasure. You could probably even spend half a day there just to go through the amount of items the shops offer. With our once beloved Sungei Road gone, this may be just the place for the antique “hoarders” to visit and re-live the experience again.
2. Cultural Trip
Also notable in Solo will be the Wayang Kulit, or the Shadow Puppets. A traditional show where the puppets “dance” and act between a white screen and back-light. Audience will watch the play, usually legends and folklore, through the cast shadows of the puppets.
Bali is not the only place in Indonesia that has Hindu temples. On the slopes of Mount Lawu in Solo stands the Cetho Temple, surrounded by beautiful scenery of the nearby landscape and tea plantations. The temple is built during the 15th century, and is a popular place for worship and meditation by the locals.
3. Local Delicacies
A trip will never be completed without some nice local food delights. There are good restaurants in Solo, but nothing beats the delights the street vendors offer. Humble yet delicious, these street finds are often neglected by tourists due to the hygiene and cleanliness of the area.
Just make sure to note the condition of the street stores, that the ingredients are not left in the open, and it should be safe. If in doubt, just check or pay attention to where the locals favor.
For the best stay experience in Solo, be sure to check out the Kusuma Prince Sahid Hotel. This 5-star hotel preserves the traditional look of the Javanese culture, but also provides the quality of modern accommodation and service.
Find out more about the hotel from this link.
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