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Kraton Surakarta

Solo, Indonesia
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Ranked #7 of 16 attractions in Solo
Type: Castles
Description: This 18th-century palace housed King Pakubuwono II and his royal court.
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Keraton Surakarta showcased the Royal Javanese ancient treasure, i.e old toys played by prince and princess, royal carriage, marriage stuffs, Surakarta royal family tree. The tour guide explained very clear and detail. Though not all part of the palace we could visit, but it's enough for my kids to know about keraton surakarta. The palace needs more attention to maintain... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

One of the major attractions of Solo, but I wouldn't bother if I were you. It's literally crumbling into ruin. Not as bad as the National Museum of Thailand, but certainly up there with the worst places I've been. Mould everywhere on the walls, poor exhibits covered in dust and basically, a sad reflection on the effort that goes into... More

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Bandung, Indonesia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

It was my second time here but this time I came with my bf. We pay 25K each person for entry the Keraton and by the end we pay the tour guide also. our tour guide was very kind and funny! he tried to speak dutch sometimes and his english was good too. he explain about the history of keraton... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I visited the Kraton in traditional javanese clothes to make the event special. Many Indonesians visited the place as school is out. They are kind of just running thru the motion as the dusty relics and damaged treasures are nothing to rave about. The lack of funds in recent years really shows the palace in less than proud situation. But... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Just love about this place, historical and feel so welcome here! At that time I visited this Kraton, there's a ceremonial event for the King who died before. And all the family gathered at Kraton. I am so lucky to met them that time.

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Bandung, Indonesia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Going to Kraton Surakarta, I wish to see a great palace and beautiful one. I guessed it was a beautiful and great palace before, but nowadays it's not great and beautiful anymore. It looks like that the Kraton is not maintained, a lot of broken things, especially the royal wagon. Yet, you still have to visit this place to know... More

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Solo, Indonesia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

There are many traditional events, hundreds of years old, still maintained well by Keraton Surakarta, despite the lack of financial support from the government. Historically, this is the city where the national movement got support. The king at that time, Pakubuwono X, is now a national hero due to his effort in supporting the national movement. Now, this role is... More

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Denpasar, Indonesia
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16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Lower your expectation if you want to see the King's collectible items or horse carriage in a very good way. The display is really dirty, even the light is not working in several sections. I was so shame to myself look all over the "abandoned" collection. Most of them are dusty and seemed no one is taking care of them.... More

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Brisbane, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

What a disappointment this place was. The entry fee is thankfully low. I dislike charging higher for foreigners when not one consideration, not one piece of information is in English or any other non-indonesian language. The buildings are crumbling, display cases filthy inside and out. Most lights don't work in display cabinets, many displays are falling apart and anything on... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Visitors are not permitted to enter kraton building. Just can take a look from yard. Then we were directed to kraton's small museum. This part was creepy. All ancient things wore and used by the king/families were put there. It was not well maintained and dust everywhere. Just a place for you to take photo...not more than that.

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