The staff at the reception were friendly. Entrance fee costs about 18,000 Rupiahs. You will be assigned a guide in the language of your choice. Some tipping will be in order, and I asked what amount would be acceptable and was told it was up to me. I was very pleased with the guide I had as she was very proficient in English and knowledgeable. She also tried to practise her Mandarin with me. She would pause at appropriate junctures to allow me to take photographs.
The exhibits consist of a significant number of 18th and 19th century European-style pieces, which are rather rare in a typical Indonesian museum/palace. As the royal family still resides on the premises, their framed photos are displayed on the property. Do take some time to look at some of the photos as you would when visiting a friend's house. A great insight.
I tipped my guide 25,000 Rupiah and she seemed very appreciative of the same. When I remarked that I would next be going to Kasunanan Palace, my guide advised that the same was closed that day, thus saving me a wasted trip. When I decided to head for lunch and showed her a brochure highlighting Solo culinary delights, she offered me suggestions as to which restaurants/dishes were worth trying. I then tried to call for a taxi but realised that my phone was out of stored value. My guide offered to use her handphone to call for a taxi for me.
Excellent staff and well-maintained exhibits. A must-see when in Solo.
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