Monday, January 12, 2015

A Day Trip to Solo (Surakarta)

The team spent the first day getting acquainted with Indonesia by taking a day trip to Solo (also called Surakata). Solo is one of the two historical capitals of the Mataram Kingdom. We started our day in Solo with a tour of the Kraton Palace.

Royal Garden of the Kraton Palace

Portraits of the Pakubuwono Kings

Pakubuwono royal carriage
Afterwards, we took lunch at the Museum Batik before taking a tour of the museum.

Mie Goreng (fried noodles) at the Museum Batik
The Museum Batik is home to one of the largest batik collections in the world. Batik is a traditional Javanese method of wax-resistant dyeing of cloth. In 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Unfortunately, we were unable to take photos while inside the museum: but, we can vouch that it was a stunning collection, and all the more reason to visit Solo.

Antique Market
After our tour of the Museum Batik, we took a stroll around the Pasar Triwindi Jala antique market. There, we indulged in some souvenir shopping. We successfully haggled a good deal on bracelets before returning to our hotel in Semarang.

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