Temples & palaces of Solo (Surakarta)


| May 15, 2020

Kraton Surakarta is the former palace and residence of Susuhunan Pakubuwono, a king of the Mataram empire who ruled in the 18th century. Many of the buildings here were destroyed in a fire in the 1980s, but some of the inner buildings have been restored. The nearby Sasono Sewoko museum exhibits various artefacts from the era, including weapons, statues and a large horse carriage collection belonging to the royal family. Istana Mangkunegaran acted as the second residence of the ruling royal family, founded by the nephew of Susuhunan Pakubuwono. In a better state of repair than the Kraton Surakarta, the richly decorated pavilion is the focal point of any visit. Outside the city is Sukuh temple, a 15th-century Javanese-Hindu temple set on the western slope of Mount Lawu. The temple is notable for its distinctive reliefs and carvings, with the life cycle as its main theme.

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