Solo the city of the Heroes

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Mesjid Agung or Grand mosque of Solo
Set my alarm for an early rise at 6.30 am but only managed to leave hostel at 9am. I planned to cramp Surakarta (Solo) and Prambanan in one single trip full day without the use of travel agent. You’ll know it’s 100 % more by using the service of tour agent which scattered around tourist area and waiting to rip travellers money. Borobodur I went yesterday for instance, by the door to door coach cost 60,000 Rp(excluding entrance fee which is 117000Rp !) by tour agent, where else I’ve only spent around 30,000Rp on my own. And it’s much more exciting.

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.
The becak and the gate to Pasar Klewel
I left Malioboro road heading to Giwangan Terminal bus to Surakarta(Solo) and paid 10,000Rp. The bus passed along the highway and I saw a glimpse of Prambanan Temple a quarter the journey. Arriving Solo at Tirtonardi bus terminal around 1pm, I didn’t know which direction to main town center was. So I had lunch and looked at the map at the bus terminal. After finishing my meal I asked the foodstall owner how to get to Kraton, located 3 km south. She had the audacity to lie after I had meal at her shop, that she said there’s no public bus going that direction. Only by becak(tricycle) or Ojek(motorbike) or taxi. So I said how much is the becak and where can I get one? Its 15000Rp by this Bapak.
Kraton Surakarta
.the guy who was infront of me all along before I’ve even order the food. Never mind, I walk couple meters away and found a minibus for 3000Rp dropping 100m away to the site.

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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Mesjid Agung or Grand mosque of So…
Mesjid Agung or Grand mosque of S…
The becak and the gate to Pasar Kl…
The becak and the gate to Pasar K…
Kraton Surakarta
Kraton Surakarta
Lush imposibly green padi field
Lush imposibly green padi field
Paddy field
Paddy field
Mesjid Agung gate, surakarta
Mesjid Agung gate, surakarta
Mesjid Agung
Mesjid Agung
Entrance of Mesjid Agung Solo
Entrance of Mesjid Agung Solo
En-route to Surakarta. Not sure if…
En-route to Surakarta. Not sure i…
Javanese Architecture
Javanese Architecture
infront of pasar klewel
infront of pasar klewel
Walled city of Surakarta
Walled city of Surakarta
Gateway to the Kraton
Gateway to the Kraton
Pahlawan Nasional - National Heroes
Pahlawan Nasional - National Heroes
Recollection of giant horse carria…
Recollection of giant horse carri…
courtyard of the museum
courtyard of the museum
horse carriage. a fantasy of cinde…
horse carriage. a fantasy of cind…
exhibits of the museum
exhibits of the museum
traditional Javanese wedding
traditional Javanese wedding
The kings of Solo
The kings of Solo
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