Sunday, August 17, 2008

Solo Indonesia Tourism

Surakarta or more famous as Solo is lying across in fertile plain terrain along the longest river in Java, Bengawan or River Solo. Flanked by mountain volcanoes Merapi and Merbabu in the north, and mount Lawu in the southeast border, is famous as a stronghold and center of Javanese culture and tradition. Surakarta, is the cradle of Javanese culture, with two royal houses in one single city: the Kraton of Solo and the Mangkunegaran, a principality. Descendants of these two royal houses are still considered leaders of Javanese culture and traditions. Majestic ceremonies and royal festivals are still held with great affectation nowadays.

The city is located close to the Prambanan temples. Solo is a leading educational and cultural hub of the nation. Some of the favorite tourist destinations in Solo are the Kasunanan Palace, Puro Mangkunegaran Palace, and the new Hindu temple of Sahasra Adhi Pura. Besides interesting museums, the palaces are centers of various art and culture. Solo tourism offers visitors and foreign tourists with an ideal family vacation, and gives visitors a good insight into the country as a whole.

Some of the popular local dishes of Solo are Nasi Timlo, Serabi and Nasi Liwet. Tourists can go for shopping in the city and taste the local delicacies in the numerous restaurants and cafes. You can taste local Solonese food from local street vendors. You can taste a bowl of salad or steaming hot mee basko. The food tastes great. The mobile kitchen of the street vendors is called Kaki lima. Tasting local food is another best thing to do in Solo. Image by virtualtourist.com and rurumahku.blogspot.com

Kota Gede "The Silver City" Yogyakarta

Kota Gede district of Yogyakarta is the original capital of the Mataram kingdom which was a great Muslim kingdom in the 16th century. According to history, the city was founded by the first sultan of Mataram in 1582. While in the spot, you can take a look at the burial spot of the sultan in the graveyard of a very old mosque. The mosque is a place of interest and reflects Javan style. In addition to that, the roofs are done in the same style a Hindu temple is made. You can also find the depictions of Hindu gods around the graveyard.

Kota Gede in Yogyakarta provides information on the palace when it was intact. At present you can only find the Royal Graveyard and a few small sections of wall of the palace that remains today. During your tour to the historical city of Yogyakarta, you will find the Kota Gede situated in the outskirts of the city.

Kota Gede, Yogyakarta had earned significance during the time of Indonesian independence in the year 1940 when the silver workers had attained much of attention of the world.

Today, the Kota Gede area is better known for its many silver shops. You don't have to go far from the graveyard of the first sultan to find a large silver factory. These can be quite nice, but the prices are not as good as Bali.

The Royal cemetery is a sight to see and you can have a wonderful experience out there. Image by jakartajavakini.com