Surakarta, also known as Solo, is located in Indonesia. It is surrounded by the Karanganyar Regency, Boyolali Regency, Sukoharjo Regency and the Solo River.
Till 1744, this city was a simple village. In 1742, then King, Pakubuwono II backed the Chinese against Dutch settlers, resulting in the then capital Kartasura being sacked. The King then shifted the capital to the banks of the Solo River and established it as a capital on the 18th of February 1745. Legends says that the King was influenced by “voices” that he heard to go to this specific village as it was decreed by Allah and would one day become a very prosperous city. King Pakubuwono II dies just four years after founding the city and his heir Pakubuwono III took over as the ruler. Under his rule, half of the kingdom was lost to the city of Yogyakarta. Starting from 1893, under the rule of Pakubuwono X, the city was on a path to revival.
Tourism is an important contributor to the economy of Surakarta. As a result, when it comes to looking for a hotel, Solo offers plenty of options. One of the more popular options is the Alila Solo as it places you within close proximity to the city’s important attractions and also offers luxury accommodation.
Surakarta is renowned as the cultural heartland of Java, Indonesia. The city is famous for its refined aesthetic and sophisticated Javanese art. The only surviving Javanese court, Keraton, is dedicated to the preservation of Javanese culture and traditions.
One of the most important attractions in the city is the palace of Pakubuwono and the court of Mangkunegaran. The unique architectural structure of the Pasar Gede market makes it an interesting attraction. This is also the largest traditional market in Solo. You can view the rich history of Java at the Radyapustaka Musuem, one of the oldest in the country.
Some of the ancient temples worth checking out here are Candi Borobudur, Candi Ratu Boko, Candi Cetho and Candi Sukuh. The Grojogan Sewu waterfall located in the mountainous region of Tawangmangu is also a popular attraction.
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