Kraton Surakarta, another palace in Java Island is located right in the center of Surakarta, central Java Province. It is adjacent to the landmarks of Solo (Surakarta) such as City Hall, Klewer Market and Gede Market. You can use so many transportation to reach the palace. And do not forget to try the traditional vehicle of transportation such as rickshaws and “andong”.
Physically Kraton Surakarta has much in common with the Yogyakarta Palace, because one of the architect is The Prince Mangkubumi or Sultan Hamengkubuwana I , which is also the main architect of the palace of Yogyakarta. The similarity of the spatial pattern is evident in the layout of the square to the north and south of the palace. Surakarta palace building consists of the main building and supporting environments such as Gate (the gate) called Gladag to the South. And then there were two square in the northern and southern palace complex.
Surakarta Palace is a symbol of the origin of Surakarta or Solo. Kraton Surakarta or the official name, Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat, is a historic place you must visit when travelling to Solo. Built in stages since the first was established in the year 1744 by Sunan Pakubuwono II, making Kraton Surakarta an exotic place that also saves a lot of historical value.
Keraton Surakarta built by Pakoe Boewono II in 1745 AD. Formerly the capital palace in Kartasura, located approximately 12 km west of the city of Solo. Kraton Surakarta experienced the golden era during the reign of Sunan Paku Buwono X in the year 1893-1939. In Surakarta Palace there is an Art Gallery with various historical objects that have historical value and high art. Some of the collection is the carriage, an assortment of weapons, shadow puppets and objects of other relic. Kraton Surakarta open to the public every day at 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Sunday 8:30 to 13:00 hours. Kraton closed on Friday.