About the Destination
Surakarta, or Solo, as it is better known, is the older of the two royal capitals of Central Java. Together with Yogyakarta, it was the heart of ancient Javanese kingdoms, home to two royal houses, steeped in court rituals and rich traditions of dance, music and art. Regarded as the cradle of Javanese culture, Solo’s traditional court society is considered the most sophisticated in all of Java; the embodiment of elegance and refinement, more graceful, more eloquent. Till today, royal festivals and ritual ceremonies are still held with great pomp and majesty and witnessing these customs and traditions is one of the most captivating things to do in Solo, Indonesia.
Along its leafy streets, explore the city’s rich history preserved in two beautiful royal palaces, and in a vibrant heritage of arts and culture, particularly batik arts that are hailed as the best in the region. Today, Solo is one the fastest developing economic centres of Indonesia, presenting a city of fascinating contrasts, combining the charm of a small city with the ambitions of a metropolis, and centuries-old heritage buildings alongside gleaming paragons of modernity - which only adds to its enduring allure.
Travel beyond the city and the scenery will astound you – a fertile landscape of rice fields and volcanic peaks, dominated by Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi, and dotted with unique temples. Among the most visited temples in Central Java are the 9th century Prambanan complex of Hindu temples, and the iconic Borobudur Buddhist temple that lies about two hours from Solo, considered one of the wonders of the ancient world.
History, traditional arts and crafts, temples, palaces and museums… The regal city of Solo offers a truly enriching getaway, and access to the many cultural and natural wonders Central Java has to offer.