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Address: Baluwarti Village, Kliwon Market District, Solo, Indonesia
Description: This 18th-century palace housed King Pakubuwono II and his royal court.

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Back to the past time

Visiting this Kraton of Surakarta bring you experience back in the past. Seeing many ancient collection on its museum feels like you are taking back to hundred years before... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Visiting this Kraton of Surakarta bring you experience back in the past. Seeing many ancient collection on its museum feels like you are taking back to hundred years before. Unluckily this place didnt provide any Javanese dance or some kind like that which I think it would be great as we can learn about Javanese Culture while visiting this place.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

To visit the Kraton Surakarta in Solo we booked an outing with Satu Dunia Tour and Travel, which then continued to Candi Cetho and Candi Sukah as part of a monster day trip. Solo’s royal palace is much more impressive than Yogyakarta's crummy Kraton, and features a fine collection of weapons, treasures and curios that belonged to the palace's former... More 

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Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Note that the images here are from two separate royal palaces, the one with the blue and white tower is the older site and very neglected as far as maintenance is concerned. The newer royal palace, by contrast, was well maintained and is actually the home of the current royal prince - we were shown round by a charming guide... More 

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

It's a great shame when ancient buildings and items are neglected and left to crumble into dust which seemingly is what's happening here. Once these treasures are gone, they cannot be replaced for future generations to enjoy. There were a number of very old carriages parked along a wall outside the building. Although they were under an awning, they were... More 

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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This kraton should be impressive, and is supposed to be the 'bigger and important' one. However the condition of the buildings and particularly the collections are ashamingly poor! Clearly the Sounan cannot afford a restauration, but cleaning of the windows in the museum showcases should be given higher priority. Their is hardly sufficient lights on, it is not clean, it... More 

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Sukawati, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It was almost similar to Yogyakarta palace. Tickets available at the entrance. The historical building consist of museum that you can find inside the palace. The museum was telling about the historical of Surakarta, from Hindu periode to Islam periode. Regrettably the museum was look like lack of maintenance. They look dirty and need to be cleanup. At the palace... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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18 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Don't expect too much if you're traveling here on a busy day. The place doesn't get crowded, but you can't enjoy the sand on the inner court of this palace. If you're wearing sandals, they will require you to take them off and go barefoot inside the palace. Ask for a guide cause the displays don't have clear caption.

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Medan, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

its close at 4pm. you better get there in the morning. the guard still wearing the old uniform like hundreds years a go. Batik, keris, blankon (head cover for man) , and their hospitality are unforgettable, Many item from the past King are still kept and well maintained., You should stay longer to know Solo and the history better.

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Jakarta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Collections of old solo arts accessories at one place. You may see the old carriage, old households, and many more. Some space are restricted to visitors, and must use shoes to enter. Some statues in the park looks like the statues from Netherlands. Entrance fee ia applied.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Keraton Surakarta (Surakarta Palace) is supposed to be where the Sultan (king) and his family live. Have no idea about the condition where they live, but the part that open for public is in poor condition. Seems there is none or only a little attention and maintenance for a heritage like this.

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Address: Baluwarti Village, Kliwon Market District, Solo, Indonesia
Location: Asia  >  Indonesia  >  Java  >  Central Java  >  Solo

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