There are several groups engaged in cultural activities :
WAYANG ORANG (HUMAN WAYANG
This is well-known, old group of wayang performs every
evening from 08.00 am 10.00 pm, Sunday is closed.
Orang "Sriwedari" performance
Republik Indonesia (RRI)
Located on Jl. Abdul Rahman Saleh (Markoni) 57, held the
wayang orang theater at its auditorium every second
Tuesday of the month from 08.00 pm to midnight. It is
very popular and oftenly excellent.
WAYANG KULIT PERFORMANCE
Anom Suroto's Residence
Located on Jl. Gambir Anom 100.
Notodiningratan, a highly reputable dalang (puppet
master). Played on every Tuesday Kliwon (the eve of Rebo
Legi) of Javanese calendar.
Republik Indonesia (RRI)
Wayang performance is on air every third Saturday from
09.00 pm to 05.00 am.
Manteb Soedharsono's House
He is another famous dalang in Solo, sometimes he
performs in his house at Karang Pandan, 27 km south east
Budaya Surakarta (Cultural Center)
Located on Jl. DR. Sutami 57, there is a wayang kulit
performance every Tuesday Kliwon (once in 35 days). ). It
is worth to be noted that Taman Budaya Surakarta
organizes many cultural events in Solo and a place where
many cultural pundits could be contacted, such as Sardono
W. Kusumo (a famous dance teacher), Murtidjono (the head
of Taman Budaya Surakarta), Pak Ngaliman and Ibu Djoko,
etc. From the Karaton Solo the experts are among other
Princess G.R.Ay. Koes Murtiyah (Gusti Mung), B.R.M.
Bambang Irawan and from Mangkunagaran Palace are Pak
Suripto, Ibu Sutarwo, etc.
Surakarta - Course for Dalang (Puppet Master)
Practicing every Friday and Sunday from 07.00 pm
Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, in the afternoon Jl. R.M. Said III.
Traditional folk drama with stories from history and
Republik Indonesia (RRI)
It performs ketoprak every forth Tuesday from 08.00 pm to
Every night performance from 08.30 pm 11.30 pm.
Practice (Javanese Court Dance)
Sunday, at 09.00 am 03.00 pm.
Wednesday, at 10.00 am 12.00 pm.
STSI (Art Academy) in Jebres, North East of Solo
Daily, 09.00 am to noon, except Sunday.
SMKI (high school for performing art in Kepatihan)
Daily, 09.00 am to noon, except Sunday.
For private lessons, one may contact : Taman Budaya
Surakarta or Karaton Surakarta.
Karawitan/Javanese Gamelan Orchestra
Karaton Surakarta - Bangsal (Hall) Marakata Every Sunday Kliwon/eve of Tuesday Legi transmitted by RRI.
- Every wednesday - at 10.00 AM, Gamelan Kyai Monggang
- Every saturday - at 10.00 AM, Gamelan Kyai Kanyut Mesem
- Every Friday Paing/eve of Saturday pon at 10.00 PM - to midnight.
Lecture on Javanese Culture
Karaton Surakarta, Bangsal (Hall)Marakata Every Tuesday Legi/eve of Wednesday Paing, after the reading of Al Qur'an.
Sacred court dance and theirlooms offering
Karaton Surakarta, every Tuesday Kliwon during the day. The dance is KETAWANG, which is considered as a sacred dance. some wayang (leather puppets) are taken out to be aired.
Solo is a 'warehouse' of cultural experts, men of
letters, traditional dancers and dalangs (puppet
masters). They are really valuable assets to the nation.
One of the famous artists living in Solo is Suprapto
Suryodarmo who heads the ± 2 ha Padepokan Lemah
Putih (padepokan refers to a quite large place where
someone lives with main purpose to do meditation; lemah
land; putih white) in Mojosongo. Mas Prapto
is an extraordinary movement teacher 'The Movement
Autodidact' with his 1000 (a thousand) students from
all parts of the world.
There are some steps of training for someone who wishes
to perfectly understand and master his teachings. Some
self-conscious exercises are carried out in Padepokan,
Candi or Sukuh Temple, Borobudur and the
beach of Parangtritis.
For direct information could be contacted :
Padepokan Lemah Putih
P.O. BOX 301
Mojosongo, Solo, Indonesia
Tel. 061 0271 635210
or Garebeg Ceremony
In the Javanese month of Mulud, on the birthday of
Prophet Muhammad, the Karaton celebrates it by making
several gunungan (rice mountain) paraded from the
palace to the grand mosque yard. The Karaton sacred
gamelans brought to the mosque and played there for a
The gunungan and gamelan processions are very interesting
and usually a two weeks fair called Sekaten is held in
the North Square.
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Procession in Karatons'!
Heirloom Procession (Kirab Pusaka)
In the first date of Javanese month (1st of
Suro), Karaton Surakarta and Mangkunagaran organize
heirlooms procesions, encircling their own palaces.
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information about 'Commemoration of 1st Suro'!
Night fair in Sriwedari park, held during the month of
Ramadan, begins on the eve of 21th of the month with a
parade from Karaton to Sriwedari.
The annual art fair held at Sriwedari Park at the end of
the year during Christmas and New Year Celebrations.
A religious traditional ceremony held in the district of
Jatinom, nearby Klaten, 30 km west of Solo. It is in
honor of Ki Ageng Gribig, a prominent religious
leader of the 16th century. The spectacular
ritual occurs when Apem (round rice cake) thrown
from a high platform to the crowds. This apem considered
as having magical power to keep a healthy live.
The ceremony is held every month of Sapar, on the 15th,
begins in the evening and followed by a night fair. This year is Thursday, June 11, 1998.
many places for modern entertainment especially in the
center of the city, such as cinemas, karaoke,
discotheques, bars, pubs, etc.
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Solo Golf Course, located next to Adisumarmo Airport.
In Javanese 'Mangan enak' means to eat something
delicious is a requirement for Solonese. No wonder, in
this town, there are a lot of restaurants offering
different kind of cuisine; Javanese, Chinese, Western,
Japanese, etc. Many local people are still enjoying the 'lesehan'
sitting on the mat while dining, even some people prefer
using fingers. It's not a big deal!.
Pujasari in Sriwedari Park is a popular place for
lesehan, also along the street of Keprabon. The
speciality of this region is Nasi Liwet, rice
cooked with coconut milk and chicken. For westerners, a
plate of fried shrimps or fish might be ordered for a
light meal with a price less than US$ 1.00. Plus
the refreshment drink, one should spend not more than
equivalent US$ 2.00. An unbelievable cheap price!
Every Thursday night from 10.00 - midnight a kroncong
music beat could be enjoyed while dining , and every
Sunday night a Javanese Siteran music is entertaining
The cheapest are the food sold by roaming street hawkers
such as; bakso, mie, kue putu, pecel (mix vegetables),
serabi (rice pudding, like pan cake).
For budget travelers, restaurants on Jl. Ahmad Dahlan
should be good enough. One could get something easily
something to eat around the clock in 'this city that
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Solo has many hotels to accommodate visitors ranging from
budget hotels to star rated ones, which are luxurious but
maintain traditional values.
Hotel classification in Indonesia :
- Star rated hotels, the
highest is the five stars.
- Lower grade is the Melati
(jasmine flower), grouping Melati III, II and I.
above hotels, there are many homestays offering
accommodation with modest facilities.
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Solo has an International Airport, the name is Adisumarmo,
10 km west of the downtown. The direct flight abroad is
served by Silk Air, with route Singapore Solo
Singapore. There are domestic connections to and
from Jakarta, Balikpapan and Surabaya and via Surabaya
there are connecting flight to Bali and other bigger
cities of East Indonesia. The airlines engaged are Garuda
Indonesia and Merpati .
Click here for information about 'Airport and Airline
The main railway station is Solo Balapan, a
strategic station connecting Jakarta, Yogya, Solo and
Surabaya. It has also connection to Bandung and Semarang.
Click here for information about 'Train Schedule'!.
The inter city bus terminal is Tirtonadi, in the
north west part of the city. There are many buses upon
your choice, serving the routes to almost all cities in
Java, Bali and Sumatra. Direct information can be
collected in the terminal.
Click here to see the 'List of Bus Companies'!
The terminal of these minivans is located in Gilingan,
nearby the bus station. These cars serve connections with
For transportation within the city, there are various
kinds such as becak (Trishows), minibuses (Angkota),
buses and Taxis.
Click here for information about Taxi and Car Rentals!
For the sake of conveniences, one could go to a Tour and
Travel Agent to get a ticket or to go to any tourist spot
Click here to see
the list of Travel Agent!.
Listing the offices of immigration, Post-Office, Tourist
Click here for the list of Public Service Offices!.
CHANGERS and BANKS
There are many banks and several money changers in this
city. The popular credit card here are; Master, Visa and
Click here for information about
Banks and Money Changers!.
Business local as well as international is thriving. The
national products such as batik and textile play an
important role. There are big batik manufacturers and
textile factories in Solo. The trading and production of
pharmaceutical products, foodstuffs, herbal medicine,
iron and brasswares, chemicals are prospering.
The cultural related items such as gamelan, wayang
(leather puppets), keris and craft are still in active
further information, kindly click the list bellow :
List of Exporters
List of Importers
List of forwarding Agents
List of Insurance
List of Artshops and Craft Centers
who are interested in more detailed information for
business, industry and investment, addresses of :
1. Assistant governor's Office of Surakarta Regency,
2. The Mayor of Surakarta,
3. The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Solo
4. BAPPEDA (Board of Planning and Development of Solo),
5. BKPMD (Regional Board of Investment),
Just click here for going to
the article of 'Business, Investment and Industry'.
(Suryo S. Negoro)