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Mystical Keris
Alila Solo . Indonesia
Take a closer look at stunning collections of keris (kris), the traditional Javanese dagger, whose centuries-old mystical lore continues to fascinate and enchant. Discover more about this ancient craft at the keris artisan workshop of Padepokan Brojobuwono, located in the village of Wonosari, not far from Solo. An ancestral technique from a bygone era, the keris- making the process itself usually takes from six months to a year depending on which materials are used and the complexity of the design. Precious metals such as gold, silver, and gemstones such as diamonds or citrines are used to adorn the most exquisite pieces.

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Courtly Dances
Alila Solo . Indonesia
Explore classical Javanese dance at the Soerya Soemirat Dance Workshop, located at the Prangwedanan Hall of Mangkunegara Palace in Solo. Founded by GPH Herwasto Kusumo in 1982, this dance studio teaches adults and children traditional Solonese and courtly Pura Mangkunegaran dances. Imagine yourself part of Solo's royal court as you practice the intricate hand movements, subtle head turns and graceful steps! On Wednesday mornings starting from 9.30 am until midday, there are rehearsals that are open for visitors to attend.

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On The Batik Road
Alila Solo . Indonesia
Adjacent to Kraton Kasunanan in central Solo, Kampung Kauman features small shops and stately homes with architectural influences from Holland, Java, and China. In the past, this neighborhood housed the royal clergy and their relatives, as well as wealthy batik merchants who comprised the sultan's court. The area is ideal for shopping for authentic, handpainted fabrics and for enjoying a class to learn this magnificently detailed form of art.

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Two to Candi
Alila Solo . Indonesia
Rise early and follow the temple trail as our Leisure Concierge guides you from the city center to Candi Cetho, located on the remote western slopes of Mount Lawu. Perched 1,500 meters above sea level, this ancient temple was built in the 15th century during the reign of the Majapahit Kingdom. Its location provides an abundance of fresh air and gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. According to locals, the word “Cetho” means clarity in Javanese. According to historians, the temple is also synonymous with rebirth. Candi Cetho is still used as a place of worship for Hindus and the followers of the original Javanese ancestral religion of Kejawen.

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Morning Markets
Alila Solo . Indonesia
Strolling around Indonesia's vibrant markets is a great way to get up close and personal with the locals and witness the routines of daily life. Start off early around 8.00 am and head to Pasar Gede, which literally means “big market”. Located in the Chinese district of Solo, it is the largest traditional market in the city, brimming with the largest selection of fruits and snacks. Opened in 1930, this architectural icon was designed by Dutch architect Thomas Karsten and is a classic combination of Dutch and Javanese architecture.

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House of Danar Hadi
Alila Solo . Indonesia
Discover the beauty and history of batik at the House of Danar Hadi museum complex, which was founded to preserve and advance the art of batik in Indonesia as part of the nation's cultural legacy. Located in the stunning late 19th century Dalem Wuryoningratan, the museum showcases the importance of batik in Indonesia, the process of creating this precious textile and its re-emergence in the contemporary lifestyle, seamlessly integrated into daily dress codes. Walk from room to room and be mesmerized by each different collection, including an incredible number of antique batiks. Learn about the distinctive motifs, patterns, and influences that are unique to each region. The complex also features an elegant boutique showcasing some of the city's finest batik prints and a traditional Indonesian restaurant named “Soga”, set in an exquisite early colonial-era building.

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