This is Jalan Slamet Riyadi, in the center of Solo.
Solo or Surakarta is just a couple of hours drive east
of Yogya. It's another old Javanese court city, with its
own princely houses and palaces. It's quieter and has fewer
tourists than Yogya, but there are still lots of artists and
This is the front entrance to the Pura Mangkunegara, one of
two palaces in Solo. There is a very nice museum hall inside
the palace, with all sorts of interesting historical artifacts,
bits of treasure, and the 'pustaka' (emblems, including magic
'keris' daggers) of the Mangkunegara House. (They don't let
you take pictures in there.)
The courtyards inside the Mangkunegara Palace have beautiful
gardens and exotic birds, both live...
...and stuffed. This is a bird-of-paradise from Irian Jaya (not
This is the outdoor 'pendopo' or ceremonial platform of the
Kraton Surakarta. The decorations are gold. The oil painting is
of the current head of the House of Pakubwono. (I was told he
has an apartment somewhere else.)
There are a lot of things on display inside the Kraton Surakarta,
including this old cannon which is supposed to have magic powers.
This cannon is the "wife" of the Si Jagur cannon in Jakarta. Sultan
Agung brought this cannon to Mataram in the 1600s (before Solo was
founded), but the "husband" cannon refused to go. The little bowl
of flowers and water is supposed to "feed" the powers of the cannon.
This is also in the Kraton Surakarta--a rice cooker 1.5 meters tall,
for those special occasions when you have extra guests.