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“Tarnished Past has a Certain Charm”
Review of Kraton Surakarta

Kraton Surakarta
Ranked #6 of 42 things to do in Solo
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Owner description: This 18th-century palace housed King Pakubuwono II and his royal court.
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35 reviews
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“Tarnished Past has a Certain Charm”
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 with hope, this place may regain its glory.

Visited May 2014
Thank mucuna
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Love all about the traditional royalty family and palace”
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.

Visited February 2014
Thank BarneyAlexander
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Bandung, Indonesia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Need more maintenance”
Reviewed February 15, 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 it by yourself. Just need more touch to be a better tourist attractions.

Visited January 2014
Thank StephenAngkiriwang
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Solo, Indonesia
Level 2 Contributor
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3 attraction reviews
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“Visit Keraton during Traditional Events”
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 somehow neglected in most history textbooks and seemingly making Keraton Surakarta less superior than Keraton Yogyakarta.

The buildings might be rusty, although one could imagine how beautiful it may be during the golden times, but the culture is well preserved.

Come to Keraton Surakarta during these times:
1. Grebeg, a procession more than 500 years, symbolizing how the Susuhunan or the King thanks God for prosperity in his kingdom,
There are three main Grebeg procession in Keraton Surakarta:
a. Grebeg Maulud held on Mohammad's birthday according to Islamic calendar. This year's Grebeg Maulud will be held on January 14th.
b. Grebeg Pasa/Sawal, held one day after the Idul Fitri celebration (or on 2nd Syawal Month)
c. Grebeg Besar, held on Idul Adha
These Grebeg processions usually start at 9.a.m., the biggest and most viewd grebeg is Grebeg Maulud. You are allowed to come into the Keraton without paying tickets if you waer polite outfit, for men waer batik, for women wear long skirts, don't wear shorts or T shirts, don't forget to wear the "Samir" which you can easly buy at the souvenir locket. Enter the Keraton through the north door not the one wear tourists usually enter. Usually the guide will allow you if you have already dressed well and wear the samir..and no ticket fee, just say you want to see the grebeg procession. Come at 8 a.m. and see the preparation of Grebeg, courtiers playing ancient gamelan, how soldiers march inside the keraton, play music and come out the keraton followed by dozens of courtiers carrying the heavy "gunungan".

2. Kirab Malam Selikuran
A parade which is approximately a century old held on the night of Ramadhan the 21st. Usually held after Isya (7.30 p.m), as like grebeg, u may come inside keraton with outift explained above to see all the preparation. This Kirab is unique to Solo and not found in anyother Keratons in Indonesia. The kirab is held to commemorate the holy Malam Lailatul Qadar, a night sacred in Islamic teachings.

3. Kirab 1 Suro
Now, this is the greatest event throughout the year. It is where the Keraton celebrate the Javanese-Islam new year. Sacred heirlooms, including the sacred white buffaloes, are carried out of the keraton in a night procession. The kirab starts at 00.00 but it all depends on the buffaloes, because they lead the procession. Hours before the procession starts, many rituals are held in the keraton. Specially for this procession, for men, wear "beskap" and for women wear "kebaya" all in black, as black means self introspection, and don't forget the samir. Traditional Javanese celebrate new year by self intospection. Come at 7.pm. and see the gamelans played, courtiers praying, and all others busy for the midnight procession. Kirab 1 Suro usually ends before 4.a.m. Museum guides sometimes offer accompany, but I don't know how much they should be paid. If you feel confused ask the museum guide how to participate in this hundreds of year old procession, where to get beskap and kebaya, etc.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank aditya d
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Bali, Indonesia
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Not Well Maintained”
Reviewed January 1, 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. There is no explanation in most of display items. It doesn't even look like a palace where the king lives.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank MayaHadi
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