Surakarta is a unique city in East Java especially to those who really love antique stuff. If you wanna go back to 100 years past, follow me.
This palace is the “successor” of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom. After several attempts of moving the palace from Kotagede, Pleret to Kartasura, the pemberontakan kuning, or the yellow rebellion by Chinese, forced Mataram to move its palace to the village of Sala. Internal conflict and the Dutch intervention then divided this kingdom into Kasunanan Surakarta, and Yogyakarta Sultanate in 1755 through Giyanti Agreement.
If you come here, you will feel like you’re back to the era of the kingdom, especially the Javanese Kingdom. It is almost like a castle because you will find the main gate with huge doors.
And after that, you will find the front of the palace called Kori Kamandungan, with the bell tower named Panggung Songgobuwono behind it. It was used as watchtower for the palace to look out for enemies, and for emergency situations.
The main building is named Kompleks Kedhaton. There’s a big park inside the main building, but remember not to wear shorts, sandals, sunglasses, and shirts without sleeves if you want to enter. We have to walk barefoot on the sand that was said to taken from the South Coast.
And if you like antiques, there’s a lot here, from old statues to old photographs.