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Things to do in Solo
Solo, also known as Surakarta, is one of the major cities of Indonesia. It’s filled with incredible attractions for those who travel for culture, incredible sights, and new experiences. Not only that, it’s also a good stop for you to visit before you travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Borobudur and Prambanan. So if you want to truly experience one of the least westernized Indonesian cities, it’s time to go to Solo.
Hop on a bus to the must-see Keraton Kasunanan. This big and beautiful palace combines traditional Javanese designs with classic European styles. Wander around the grounds with your camera and spend some time at the museum, art and cultural centre of Puro Mangkunegaran too.
Explore Kraton Complex next and enjoy a stroll along the King’s grounds. Check out the exhibits of Museum Keraton Surakarta. Then head to the beautiful gardens of Pamedan Mangkunegaran to add more colour to your travel photos.
If you’re travelling with kids, bring the family to Jurug Zoo and say hello to the land and sea creatures. Stop by Sriwedari Cultural Park to taste the local food. You can also catch a puppet show and the classical Javanese dance of wayang wong at Wayang Orang. When you visit the park in September, you can even see the colourful display of umbrellas of the Umbrella Festival.
Before you travel outside of Solo for more sights, bring your Indonesian Rupiah to the city’s traditional markets like the popular Pasar Gede and Pasar Klewer. It’s a great place to bring back home a piece of Indonesia.
Then make your way to Prambanan and be impressed by the collection of massive Hindu temples. Get in touch with your inner self when you visit the Buddhist stupa and temple complex of Borobudur too. Don’t forget to see the scenic sunset against the mountains to complete your amazing trip.
What you should know
The best time to visit Solo is during dry season from June to September, when you’ll enjoy exploring the city best. Remember to bring a good Indonesian phrasebook to help you on your trip, because English isn’t widely spoken in Surakarta.
So get your suitcase ready because Singapore citizens can fly to Indonesia and visit Solo visa-free as a tourist for up to 30 days. Check out the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia website for more travel info.
Travelling to and around Solo
You will be landing at Adisumarmo International Airport, where you can ride the bus or taxi to reach the city. You can travel around Solo by bus, taxi, and becak (tricycle pedicab).
Solo is not just a great destination for solo travellers. Plan with your family and friends and go book your Solo flights with Skiddoo today!
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