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Located in central Java, Solo is the sister sister of Yogyakarta. Solo is also named Surakarta, and just like its neighbour city, is an important cultural and historical centre, albeit with far fewer tourists. There are a number of historical buildings and temples in Solo, such as the Kasunanan Palace, Puro Mangkunegaran Palace, and the Sahasra Adhi Pura Hindu temple. And to the south there are several beaches.


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Wikipedia - Surakarta

Pasar Klewer and Gapura, Solo
Pasar Klewer and Gapura Kraton (Klewer Textile Market and Kraton Gate)

Surakarta (colloquially Solo) is an Indonesian city of more than 600,000 people located in Central Java.
Surakarta is also known by the name "Solo". "Surakarta" is used in formal and official contexts. The city has a similar name with the neighboring district of "Kartasura", where the previous capital of Mataram was located. Variant spelling of Surakarta is found as Soerakarta - and is simply the old spelling prior to the pre 1948's spelling change.
It is approximately 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Yogyakarta, and 100 km (60 miles) southeast of Semarang The eastern part of the town is bordered by Bengawan Solo River, the longest river on Java.
There are 2 major markets in the city, namely Pasar Klewer and Pasar Gede. Pasar Klewer is famous as the biggest textile market in the region.
Its ruling family lay claim to being the heirs to the Mataram dynasty. Like Yogyakarta, Solo has two royal palaces. ... read more

Wikitravel - Solo

Sahasra Adhi Pura, Solo
Sahasra Adhi Pura

Solo the short name for Surakarta, is a major city in Central Java, Indonesia. Together with Yogyakarta, these two cities are heirs of the Mataram kingdom that was split in 1755.
Solo lies some 100 kilometers south of Semarang and some 60 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. As the 'twin' sister of Yogyakarta, this city looks much like the later. But because Solo is not a provincial capital, this city has preserved much of its Javanese character. This also means that Solo is less touristy than Yogyakarta.
Today's Solo is a bustling economic center of some 800,000 (with the suburbs). It is in close proximity to the temples of Prambanan. The town is a center of art and education, offers some good shopping and has some range of tourist facilities.
Solo is very well known of its charming and soft-spoken people. It is said as the least westernized city in Central Java. ... read more

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