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Published: September 25th 2015
Becak Ride in Solo
Tourist Experience in the Old City of Solo
We drove up to Solo since it’s considered the closest city to Yogjakarta. Indonesia is a vast land and vibrant cities with traditional and cultural activities. There are many things to explore including the small city like Solo (old name was Surakarta) that lies some 60 km east of Yogyakarta.
Solo is a very strong upholder of Javanese culture. The town is a centre for art (heaven for Batik shopping) and provides an interesting experience for all types of tourist. No doubt, Solo has preserved much of its Javanese character and less westernized compared to other cities in Indonesia.
We went to few Batik shops including the Batik museum that displays a wide variety of batik from different cultural influences and periods. We absorb ourselves in history with ‘becak’ (trishaw) ride through the old city, and it was an interesting experience.
We spent an hour at Kraton Surakarta Hadiningrat (year 1745 by Pakubuwono II). The place looks very old and houses lots of antiques.
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