Kamis, 29 September 2011


TawangmanguTawangmangu offers natural beauty and the cool slopes of MountLawu. Enjoy the expanse of rice fields, misty mornings or rabbitsatay tasted in the area of ​​protected hulatan Grojogan Sewu will get you hooked.
Tawangmangu subdistrict, district Karanganyar

Tawangmangu - enjoy the fresh Grojogan Sewu Waterfall on the Slopes of Mount Lawu

Although located on the equator with temperatures hot and humid, Indonesia is endowed with many mountains that offer coolness.One is Tawangmangu, approximately 37 km east of Solo. Although situated on the slopes, this tourist area is one of the easiest to visit.Public bus transport almost all the time available to take tourists up to the main terminal. Travel overland for approximately 1.5 hours from the terminal Solo was the main attraction. Beautiful scenery of rice cultivation on the left and right upon entering the street ready to greet Karanganyar region.
Tawangmangu morning atmosphere is very beautiful and exotic.Cold air typical of the mountains and fog blanketed the mountain peaks provide an aura of its own beauty. Take a stroll while enjoying the beautiful rice fields, see the activities of residents in the morning, or exploring the market is very effective to relieve tired of the bustle of everyday. Tawangmangu also popular with the production of vegetables and fresh fruits. The fields were planted with cabbage, carrots, radishes, strawberries, and various other crops extends everywhere.

We also visited a 81-meter-high waterfall located in the region.Grojogan Sewu which means "a thousand waterfalls", the waterfall is located within a protected forest area of ​​20 ha. This tourist area is also equipped with a flying fox, rafting small playground with pemancingannya ambassadors, and the arena outbound traffic to the park and train a tree. Not only humans, thousands of monkeys also linger at home here. They roam freely without fear in humans.Although it seems benign, but we must remain vigilant because any time they can suddenly take a bag or other luggage.
Food and beverage merchants scattered around the waterfall, ready to be a place to unwind or relax enjoying the fresh air under the shady trees. The most famous food is rabbit satay. Meat rabbits are a little tough but has a soft meat fibers combined with peanut sauce, sliced ​​chilies and onions, served with rice cake.According to experts, in addition to low-cholesterol rabbit meat also has many health benefits. Rabbit meat contains a substance called kitotefin compounds. These compounds when combined with other compounds such as omega 3 and 9 was allegedly able to cure asthma. Based on the experience of some people, meat is also nutritious lower blood sugar levels for diabetics, while his brain as a fertilizer content efficacious women.

Open Schedule Monday - Sunday pk 8:00 a.m. to 16:00 pm Idul Fitri at 06:00 - 18.00 WIB
Ticket Price Domestic visitor: Rp 18,000 Visitors mancanegarak: Rp 18,000 Student: Rp 9,000

Rabu, 28 September 2011

KRATON Surakarta Sultanate

Kraton KasunananAs one of the womb of Javanese cultureKraton SurakartaKasunanan stay standing a monument to the glory of ancient Javanese culture with a charming touch of Europe.

Baluwarti VillagePOND Market District, Surakarta

KRATON Surakarta Sultanate - with a touch of ancient Javanese Palaces of Europe 

Kraton Surakarta Sultanate or later better known as Kraton Surakarta Kasunanan has stood since hundreds of years ago.Kraton is the "successor" of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom. After changing the central government starting from Kotagede, Pleret until Kartasura, yellow rebellion by ethnic Chinese to move Kratonnya Mataram forces to the village of Sala. Internal conflict and interference in the Netherlands and then forced the kingdom broke into Kasunanan Surakarta and Yogyakarta Sultanate in 1755 through an agreement Giyanti.
The journey begins from the north gate of the palace gate Gladag.The gate is guarded by two statues of armed Dwarapala mace.Down the road is shaded by old banyan trees on either side, we arrived at the North Square. Like the typical style of an old urban planning, Kasunanan Kraton Surakarta is located in one complex with the Square and the Great Mosque. A large open gazebo stands majestically just across the square, while the main building behind the palace. Inside the main building there are a museum that was once the office complex at the time Pakubuwono X. The building is divided into nine exhibition halls that contain various kinds of objects and relics of the Palace relics, folk arts to the dioramas and the royal wedding ceremony complete with a variety of equipment.

A narrow corridor connects the museum with the main palace complex. To respect the customs, we are not allowed to wear shorts, sandals, sunglasses, and shirts without sleeves. Sandals are also removable and we have to walk barefoot on the sand court that supposedly taken from the South Coast. Kecik Sapodilla tree that shaded the court makes the air is always cool. In exegesis dhosok, the name of the tree is interpreted as a symbol which means Sarwo becik or well-paced. What is interesting is the European statues that adorn the palace so as to produce slick combination of ancient Javanese architecture with a touch of Europe. The statues are a gift from the Netherlands who had always had very close ties with Kasunanan Surakarta. A high tower in the south courtyard named Stage Songgobuwono become the hallmark of this palace.
Not content to explore the palace buildings, we asked a pedicab driver to drive around the entire palace complex. Sitting relaxed in a rickshaw through the streets in the court became its own experience. Arriving at South Square, seen two old railroad cars parked there, the Kings and CART CART Cruises bodies.However, these carriages are no longer functioning because the tracks have been many who turned into a residential population. On the side of the square to another, a herd of white buffalo known as Caucasians kebo Kyai Slamet looks fun grazing. Buffalos are considered sacred by the people of Solo and always paraded in procession sekatenan or carnival night 1 Sura.

Open Schedule Monday - Thursday pk 9:00 to 14:00 pm Saturday - Sunday pk 9:00 to 13:00 pm
Ticket Price Wards performances: Rp 2,500 Museum: Rp 8,000 Permits camera / video: Rp 3,500


Solo Batik CarnivalSolo Batik Carnival is a carnival that was held once a year with the creation of batik as the main material costume.


Batik is one of the great cultural heritage of ancestors who continued sustainable existence until now. One of the places that the root growth of the archipelago is batik Solo who also once the capital of Surakarta Palace. To further introduce the city of Solo Batik Indonesia in the eyes and the world, held since 2008 was a grand event called Solo Batik Carnival (SBC). The event is organized annually by Solo Center Point Foundation and the City of Surakarta.
Solo Batik Carnival is a carnival-based society that is designed to be a world-class carnival. Initially, the carnival is inspired from Jember Fashion Carnaval (JFC), a fashion parade in the streets.Because it would not be surprised if both are almost the same concept. Only difference is the main ingredient in the manufacture of costume. As the name implies Solo Batik Carnival, batik serve as a source of ideas as well as the main material creation a fantastic carnival costumes. Before following the carnival, each participant is required to follow the workshop to design costumes for months. Carnival costumes designed and used solely by the participants in the peak of the Solo Batik Carnival which took place along Jalan Slamet Riyadi to Solo City Hall office.

At the beginning of implementation, the Solo Batik Carnival is always done in the daytime. But beginning in the 4th Solo Batik Carnival held at night. Major made batik costumes sumptuous and majestic and colorful spotlight Solo Batik Carnival makes the mat more special. No wonder the thousands of spectators coming from various places and crowded the roads that serve as the location of the parade. Solo Batik Carnival implementation date is always changing every year, but starting in 2009 Solo Batik Carnival is always held in June.
Each year, the Solo Batik Carnival carries a different theme ranging from "Mask", "Sekar Jagad" to "Wonders of Legend".These themes are then translated through a costume design unique and creative participants. Classical batik patterns combined with contemporary batik and decorated with beads and costume crown made more lively. No wonder if when he joined the Chingay Festival in Singapore, the delegation Solo Batik Carnival gets rousing appreciation from the audience. Currently Solo Batik Carnival continues to improve itself to become one of the carnival are taken into account in the international arena.

Mount Nglanggeran

Mount Nglanggeran 
Address: Village Nglanggeran, Patuk, Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia GPS Coordinates: S7 ° 50'26 .052 "E110 ° 32'41 .964" Mount Nglanggeran is an ancient volcano form a giant boulder.Besides being able to watch the sunset & sunrise dazzling and sparkling Yogyakarta at night, in the East Peak Nglanggeran there are also the mystery of hamlet with 7 heads of households. 

Mount Nglanggeran Ancient Volcano with 7 Family 
Gunung NglanggeranWatching the sun rise from the mountain top is a luxury that not everyone can enjoy. The route is extreme, erratic weather, severe trip, as well as the distance that must be within walking distance a major barrier for some people. But this does not apply in the Mount Nglanggeran, Patuk, Gunungkidul. It takes only 1 to 1.5 hours of climbing, you will arrive at the summit of Mount Nglanggeran west, Mount Gede. Beautiful scenery that pamper the eyes were welcomed. As far as the eye could see the visible expanse of clouds at altitude, the mountain range of stone with a unique shape, the township residents, as well as green rice paddies and fields.When dusk approaches, the city of Jogja will look like a sea of ​​fireflies. Light sprinkling of stars and city lights are visible from a distance a romantic scene for anyone who camped on this mountain.
Mount Nglanggeran an ancient volcano that had been active tens of millions of years ago. Located in the karst region Baturagung, mountain litologinya composed by fragments of older volcanic material which has two peaks peaks peaks east and west, as well as a caldera in the middle. Currently Mountain Nglanggeran lined with giant stone mountain scenery and exotic shapes and unique name with a variety of folklore as a retinue. The mountains are usually named for the shape, such as Mount 5 Finger, Mount Kelir, and Mount Wayang.

Gunung Nglanggeran
It was still early when we headed east Nglanggeran peak.According to the manager, this place is the best spot for sunrise menikmat. Unfortunately when we arrived was reluctant to move so that the dense clouds covered the sun. Since not get to watch the sunrise, we also chose to visit the grandfather's house Redjodimulyo as elders who live in Pucak Nglanggeran. According Redjo grandfather, Hamlet Tlogo Mardidho at Peak Nglanggeran should only be inhabited by the seven heads of households. If the head of the family who lived in this village more or less there will be bad things that are not desirable. This can be seen in the presence of graves in the Peak Nglanggeran. Therefore, if their children are married then the new family had to leave Hamlet Tlogo Mardhido.
Gunung Nglanggeran
After visiting the village with 7 heads of families, we went back to base camp and try to climb Mount Gede. Unlike the eastern peak of which can still be reached by motorcycle, to achieve the required tracking of Mount Gede anyone. Along the path with rocks on the right side and left roads a fun experience. Getting to the top, the steep road. Some of the rope attached to facilitate the climbers.Sigh not over, facing new challenges. A narrow slit nan steep hill on the right and left stone welcome. A rather narrow dark hallway is passable only by one person. Shortly after successfully menaklukannya a friend said, "It's like in the movie 127 Hours, tense but cool ..."
Ticket: Rp. 3000 (noon); Rp. 5,000 (night)
Package Tour:
Package Tracking (minimum 3 persons): Rp. 25,000 / person Tickets, guide, cruise the village, young coconut / dawet typical Kalisong Package 4 hours on the Enchantment of the Ancient Gods (minimum 5 persons): Rp 35,000 / person Tickets, guide, cruise the village, learning the cultivation of cocoa, coconut Outbound Package 1 (minimum 40 persons): Rp 50,000 / person Tickets, guide, cruise the village, games, learn the cultivation of cocoa, coconut / soto omahan Outbound Package 2 (minimum 40 persons): Rp 100,000 / person Tickets, guide, cruise the village, games, learn the cultivation of cocoa, flying fox, eat an X, snack 2 X East Peak Package: Rp 100.000 Tickets, guide, cruise the village, Tlogo Guyangan, mystery 7KK village, sunset Nglanggeran, young coconut Sunset & Sunrise Package: Rp 300,000 Tickets, guide, cruise the village, homestay, Nglanggeran sunset, sunrise Nglanggeran, snack 2 X

Senin, 26 September 2011


Kasongan, Hunting Ceramics in Kundi Settlement
KasonganIn the Dutch colonial period, in an area south of Yogyakarta shocking events that never happened even frightening local residents with the discovery of a horse owned by the Dutch detective who died on the land of rice fields owned by a citizen. For fear of punishment, such people off the land and does not recognize the right of land again. This was followed by other villagers. Land that has been released even this was eventually recognized by the other villagers. As a result of not having more paddy land, local residents eventually choose to become artisans tiles to toys and kitchen utensils until now. This was revealed in the interview Prof. Gustami et al with local elders in the 1980s.
Areas that we are familiar with the name Kasongan to this day.Padukuhan Kajen a village located in the low mountains of limestone landless. Within 15-20 minutes drive from the city center.Kasongan Village is a residential area of ​​the kundi, which means the pitcher or gundi (people who make the kind of pitcher, gendi, pots and other kitchen wares are also classified as decorative items).
"Starting from a common ancestor mengempal daily-ngempal ground was not broken when put together, and began to form-shaped into a variety of functions that tend to be children's toys or kitchen necessities. Finally, a habit that started to be revealed until the current generation" said Mr. Giman, one worker in a shrine Loro Blonyo.
Kasongan visit to the village, tourists will be welcomed warmly by local residents. Just look at shelf space or showroom is filled with a variety of ceramic handicrafts. And if you are interested in seeing the manufacture of ceramics, tourists can visit several galleries that produce ceramic handicrafts direct it in place. Start of milling, the formation of materials using perbot, drying product which normally takes 2-4 days. Products that have been dried and then burned it, before finally finishing in-wall use a paint or paint tile.
Working collectively, the gallery is usually a family business for generations. Though now the manufacture of ceramics involves residential neighborhood around the gallery owner, but the family is still responsible for the selection of materials and production control.
Touch of Modern Design
KasonganAt first these ceramics do not have the style at all. But the legend of the death of a horse has inspired craftsmen to come up with a horse motif on many products, especially the horses carrier complete with eccentric pottery or basket that is placed on a horse, other than a frog motif, good and elephants.
Along with the development, with modern influences and the entry of foreign cultures through various media, after it was first introduced about Kasongan by Sapto Hudoyo around 1971-1972 with a touch of art and commercial and commercialized on a large scale by Sahid Ceramics around the 1980's, now tourists can seevariety of different motifs on ceramics. Even tourists can book a kind of motifs according to desire such as peacocks, dragons, roses and many others. This type of production itself already includes many types. No longer dwelling on children's toys (musical instrument, frog, piggy bank) and the need kitchen (pots, Pengaron, kendil, cormorant, kekep and others). Entering the gate Kasongan, will be composed of ceramic galleries along the shoulder of the road which sells a variety of decorative items. Form and function also have varied, ranging from small cigarette ashtray or flower pots that reach shoulder height adults. Ornamental goods were not only having the function, but also items that just be on display.
Ceramic Sculptures Loro Blonyo
KasonganOne of the well-known ceramic ornaments are a pair of statues of the bride who was sitting politely. This pair of statues known as the Loro Blonyo which was first created by the studio's Loro Blonyo Walujo pack. The statue was adopted from a pair of statues of the bride's Sultan's Palace. By defining Java, Loro means two or a pair, while Blonyo meaningful through the procession bath makeup and dressed. "But the true meaning will still be a question Loro Blonyo workers in Kasongan" said Mr. Giman.
The existence of the trust will carry the statue of Loro Blonyo hockey and create lasting family life when placed in the home, according to the narrative of Mr. Giman on YogYES, it brings positive impact on the sales of this pair of ceramic sculpture. While some foreign tourists who love its shape, a special order with various shapes such as dancers, guitar players, pragawati and so forth. His clothes were no longer using Java standard, in addition to adopting the typical dress some countries, the most wear motif Bali and Thailand. Some of the ceramics galleries are now selling a pair of these unique sculptures that still continue to be produced by several different forms.
Village Tourism
Since the end of the 20th century, after the Indonesian crisis, now in Kasongan tourists can find a variety of products other than pottery.The entry of immigrants who opened the gallery in Kasongan is one influence. Products sold are also still include local handicrafts such as coconut wood crafts, craft dried plants or craft shells. "Whose name itukan go with the flow of business and development, see the opportunities that exist" said Mr. Giman. But the pottery remains a major milestone on the livelihoods of local residents. "Let her talent, anyways do not have any other abilities. Lha wong our highest high school education, and even then some" he added.
Ceramics with various shapes and even modern artistic motifs, and various other handicrafts as an additional attraction Kasongan is today. A story full of tourist attractions and beautiful items hand-craftsmanship of the local population mixing clay.
Two months after the earthquake, now in Kasongan has many galleries are active again, although some are still in rebuilding stages. So far no longer visible signs of concern from both owners and workers. The locals hope tourists will revisit such moments before the quake Kasongan


Malioboro, reminisce in Souvenirs Paradise
MalioboroExtends over the imaginary axis connecting the sultan's palace,monument and the peak of Mount Merapi, the road is formed into alocality of trading after the lane I developed a means of trading through a traditional market since 1758. After 248 years passed,where it still survives as a trade area even be one of the iconknown as Malioboro Yogyakarta.

Located about 800 meters from the sultan's palace, this place was once filled with a bouquet of flowers every time the Palaceimplement celebrationMalioboro, which in Sanskrit means"bouquet" became the basis of naming the street.

Flanked by shops, offices, restaurants, hotels and historicbuildings, streets that were once could be the basis of the current struggle of the Dutch military aggression to-2 in 1948 was also theland of wandering the artists who are members of the communityPersada Studies Club (PSK) led artists Landu Paranggi pennantsince 1970's until about 1990.

Souvenirs paradise
MalioboroEnjoying the experience of shoppingsouvenir hunting of Jogja,tourists can walk along the shoulder of the road corridor (arcade).Here you will find many vendors that roll out merchandise. Ranging from local handicrafts such as batik, rattan ornament, leather puppets, bamboo crafts (key chains, decorative lamps, etc.) alsoblangkon (hat typical Java / Yogyakarta) and silver goods, tovendors selling many general knickknacks encountered in othertradesThroughout the arcade, tourists can shop in peace in a sunny or rainy conditionsalso can enjoy a pleasant shopping experience at bargain prices. If lucky, can be reduced by one thirdor even in half.
Do not forget to leave little energy. There is still a traditional market that should be visited. In the place known as Beringharjo market, but tourists can find similar goods are sold along the arcade, this market provides a variety of traditional products is more complete.In addition to local products Jogja, neighboring areas are also available products such as batik or batik Pekalongan Solo.Looking for batik or batik prints, or just looking for curtains decorating the windows with unique motifs and batik bed sheets beautiful. This place will satisfy your shopping desires unique items with a cheaper price.
Shopping in the area of ​​Malioboro and Beringharjo, be sure not to be fooled by the price offered. Usually the sellers to raise prices than usual for tourists.
Vredeburg and the Great House
At the end of the road "bouquet" of this, tourists can stop at Vredeburg facing the Great House. This fort was once the basis of protection from possible attack troops Dutch Palace. As usual 

Malioboroevery fortress, a place that was built in 1765 is a square-shaped high wall encircling the area in which the monitors at the four corners of the tower is used as a patrol. From the south tower, YogYES enjoying views over the Sultan of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta and several other historical buildings.
While the Great House is located in front of him had been the residence of the Head of the Dutch colonial administration from 1946 to 1949. In addition he became the Presidential Palace during Sukarno's presidency when the State Capital was moved to Yogyakarta.
Lesehan Malioboro
As the sun began to set, when the lights came on streets and shops that add a beautiful atmosphere Malioboro, one by one lesehan shanties sprung up. Foods such as warm or Jogja pecel catfish can be enjoyed here in addition to oriental cuisine or sea food and cuisine of Padang. Entertainment as well as hits or song memories by street singers when dining.
For tourists who want to taste the cuisine along Malioboro street, ask for price list and make sure the seller, to avoid the rising prices are not reasonable.
Visiting Yogyakarta, known as "Living Museum Javanese Culture", feels incomplete without a stop at the road that has kept many stories and history of the struggle of the Indonesian nation is filled with various souvenirs. A paradise for lovers of history and souvenir hunters