Solo the city of the Heroes
Surakarta Travel Blog› entry 37 of 59 › view all entries
March 29th, 2010 – by: herman_munster
So the plan was by transyogya to bus terminal heading to Surakarta and on the way back dropping off at Prambanan Temple which located beside the highway. Just in-time for sunset.
First sight of Solo was Mesjid Agung or Grand Mosque of Surakarta, featuring classical Javanese Architecture, the most sacred mosque in Solo. Later I walked further towards Kraton Surakarta and stumbled upon Pasar Klewer (Klewer Market). Kraton Surakarta, the white walled old city was already closed at 2pm but luckily they let me in for nearly an hour tour. 10,000Rp on a limited time as some part were off-limits and it’s still the residence of rulers. The main sight was the museum that exhibits and array of silver-bronze Hindu Javanese figures, antiques and the mother of all horse carriage.
Around 3 pm I had to head back to Yogya for Prambanan Temple. I walked towards the road where the bus dropped me earlier but apparently no bus going to the opposite direction on the same road. I believed what the guy I asked said. Time is running out, I hope to reach Prambanan before the lights gone. I hailed a Becak and it was the price the girl I asked about the fare of 15000Rp. Negotiated and agreed for only 10000Rp, this bapak rode the becak in the drizzle noon. Actually it was worth the money for 3km ride that earlier on I was ripped off by becak in Bogor.
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