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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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.

Get in

By plane

Solo's Adisumarmo International Airport (SOC), 10 km north of town, is a small airport. There are 8 flights a day to Jakarta. The "international" part of the name comes from Silk Air's direct services to Singapore. Malaysia's low cost airline Air Asia now flies daily to Kuala Lumpur. If using taxi, you should buy a ticket in a ticket shelter. Just name your destination and pay the amount they ask, and you will be assigned to a registered taxi.

You can also fly to Yogyakarta's Adisucipto International Airport. The distance between Yogyakarta and Solo is only 60km and any taxi will be glad to take you.

By bus

The main bus station is actually not in Solo city itself, but in Kartasura, some 12 kilometers west of the center. There are regular services throughout the island, including Jakarta (10 hours) and Surabaya (5 hours).

The city bus terminal, Terminal Tirtonadi, services more local destinations such as Yogyakarta, for Rp 8,000

By train

Express trains to Jakarta take around 8 hours. Other trains take longer, sometimes much longer. Express trains serving Solo include Argo Lawu, Argo Dwipangga, Bima and Gajayana expresses (to/from Jakarta, all AC), Argo Wilis and Lodaya (to/from Bandung), Argo Wilis and Sancaka (to/from Surabaya).

The main station is Solobalapan. Other stations are present, i.e. Purwosari and Solojebres, but only used for ekonomi and local services to Yogyakarta.

Get around

By taxi

Taxi is the easiest way to go around. It is cheap, and you can even book it for the whole trip. You can negotiate for the price. Ask in your hotel reception if they can arrange one for you. Or they may also have a car to rent (mostly including the driver).

  • Aravia. Jl Kratonan, Solo 57153. Tel.: (62)(271) 636468.
  • Central, Jl Laksda Adisucipto 78. Solo 57144. Tel.: (62)(271) 728728.
  • Kosti, Jl Ir Sutami 5-B RT 002/09. Solo 57127. Tel.: (62)(271) 664504.
  • Mahkota Ratu. Jl Sungai Sambas 15 RT 001/02. Solo 57119. Tel.: (62)(271) 655666.
  • Citra Persada. Jl Pagelaran 69-B. Tel.: (62)(271) 780433.
  • Riz. Jl Dr Rajiman 354. Solo 57141. Tel.: (62)(271) 742926.
  • Solo. Jl Yosodipuro 38. Tel.: (62)(271) 7076610.
  • Yan. Jl Sriwijaya 11 RT 002/03. Solo 57135. Tel.: (62)(271) 717541.

By horse cart

By becak

Becak are an entertaining way of seeing the city, albeit quite slowly. Expect Becak drivers to quote prices inflated to at least 3 times for the average tourist.

  • Kasunanan. Beautiful palace built in 1675. Facility: museum, art and cultural centre.
  • Puro Mangkunegaran. Beautiful palace built in 1757. Facility: museum, art and cultural centre.
  • Jurug Zoo. Facility: zoo, aquarium.
  • Sriwedari Park. Facility: art and cultural centre (puppet show/wayang at night), children playground, food court (traditional javaneses restaurants).
  • Sahasra Adhi Pura A new Hindu temple under construction 5 km east of Solo, it is a Kundalini yoga center that has 50 miniatures of sacred sites from around the world see [1]
    Sunrise on September Equinox 2006, Sahasra Adhi Pura.
    Sunrise on September Equinox 2006, Sahasra Adhi Pura.
  • Museum Batik Danar Hadi
  • Mandi lulur, a traditional skin-care done by rubbing special spices to the skin to exfoliate it. Very relaxing. Many hotels offer this service. Or ask your hotel reception for a reputable place.
  • Batik. You can buy anything made with batik in Solo. The fabrics range from silk to normal cotton. The ones made by hand (batik tulis) is of course more expensive than the ones made using the 'stamp' (batik cap). Beware though that most of batik will lose some color during first few washes -- washing with similar color is highly recommended.
    • Danar Hadi, Jl Dr Rajiman 164, Solo 57111. Tel.: (62)(271) 644126.
    • Keris, Desa Cemani Selatan Laweyan, Solo 57167. Tel.: (62)(271) 721217.
    • Semar, Jl Laksda Adisucipto 101, Solo 57144. Tel.: (62)(271) 722937
    • Kampung Batik Laweyan, Jl. Dr. Rajiman Laweyan.
    • Kampung Batik Kauman, Nearby Kraton Kasunanan. The batik products of Kauman village are made from natural silk and weaving silk materials, and premmisima cotton.
    • Pasar Klewer, a traditional market for textile, mostly batik. Located off the west gate of Keraton's North Square. As in any other traditional markets in Indonesia, you will have to bargain.
  • Solo Square, Jalan Slamet Riyadi No 451.
  • Solo Grand Mall, Jalan Slamet Riyadi No. 313
  • Ciputra Sun, Jalan Ronggowarsito. (Proposed)
  • Singosaren Plaza, Jalan Gatot Subroto
  • Megaland, Jalan Slamet Riyadi
  • Luwes Mall, Jalan Veteran
  • Ratu Luwes, Jalan S. Parman
  • Sami Luwes, Jalan Honggowongso
  • Gading Luwes, Jalan Veteran
  • Batik Semar, Jalan Laksda. Adi Sucipto 101 Surakarta
  • Batik Semar (Bale Sattwika), Jalan Raden Mas Said 148 Surakarta
  • Batik Semar (Pasar Klewer),Los Baru no 4-5 Pasar Klewer
  • Discount Outlet(PGS), Jalan Mayor Kusmanto Surakarta



  • Kentucky Fried Chicken, Jl Jend A Yani 234, Solo 57162. Tel.: (62)(271) 724797. American fastfood. Approx. US$ 4/person.
  • McDonald. Jl Dr Rajiman 152, Solo 57151. Tel.: (62)(271) 630100. American fastfood.
  • Pizza Hut, Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi 380, Solo 57142. Tel.: (62)(271) 721577. Italian restaurant. Approx. US$ 5/person.


  • Diamond, Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi 392, Solo 57142. Tel.: (62)(271) 715007.
  • Orient, Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi 397. Solo 57142. Tel.: (62)(271) 714963


  • Oishi Bento. Jl Slamet Riyadi 273 Solo Grand Mall Kav 11 Bl B-2 Lt 3. Tel.: (62)(271) 718459.


  • Kusuma Sari, Jl Yos Sudarso 81. Solo 57112. Tel.: (62)(271) 656406.
  • Wong Solo, Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi 299, Solo 57141. Tel.: (62)(271) 713931.

Soto is a sort-of clear soup made from vegetables, spices, chicken or beef. You can find various kinds of soto in Solo:

  • Bangkong, Jl Dr Rajiman 536 RT 002/05. Tel.: (62)(271)7073924.
  • Gading, Jl Brigjen Katamso 75, Tel.: (62)(271) 665526.
  • Kendit, Jl RM Said 227 RT 001/06, Solo 57139. Tel.: (62)(271) 712952
  • Kuali, Jl Beteng Bl D/6, Solo 57113. Tel.: (62)(271) 657261.
  • Prawit, Jl Kapt P Tendean 172. Solo 57135. Tel.: (62)(271) 722653.

Timlo Solo is a famous soup made from beef, white noodles, boiled potatoes, carrots, celery, and cabbages.

  • Timlo Solo. Jl Jend Urip Sumoharjo 94, Solo 57124, (62)(271) 646180. Approx. US$ 5/person.
  • Timlo Sastro. Jl Kapt Mulyadi 28, Tel.: (62)(271) 654820.

Gudeg is also worth to try, even though people said that gudeg originally comes from Jogja, however, Gudeg Solo is quite different from the one from Jogja. Gudeg Jogja is dried and sweet. While Gudeg Solo is usually served with sauce. Gudeg Margoyudan is one of the unique vendor. The specialty of it is its boiled chicken legs to accompany the complete Nasi Gudeg offers. The other unique feature is, it opens at the dawn around 01.00 in the morning. and by 05.00 it will close. After the night travel around Solo, warm NAsi Gudeg will be a great treat for stomach. Eventhough it is located at the strettside, most of the time you have to take the long line up before served. Gudeg cakar Margoyudan represents one symbol of sleepless life in Solo.

  • Adem Ayem, Jl. Slamet Riyadi 342, Solo 57141. Tel.: (62)(271) 712891.
  • Gudeg Cakar, Margoyudan Jl. Monginsidi
  • Nini Thowong, Widuran

Nasi Liwet is almost similar to "Nasi Uduk" which is very famous in Jakarta or west Java. It is rice, which is cooked with 'santan' or coconut milk. The vendors for traditional nasi liwet easily be found in Keprabon street. The most famous vendor is Bu Lemu, but along the Keprabon you can find most of the vendor add the name Lemu after their own name.

  • Serabi Notosuman ,is a popular traditional pancakes made from coconut milk, flour,sugar and other ingredients (often sprinkled with cocholate rices as a variation). They taste sweet. You may notice that in certain holidays often sold out quick, also often taken as a gift (oleh-oleh). Such is the popularity of this dish that one may endure a wait of 2 hours. You can find them in Notosuman street (most Solonese knows Serabi Notosuman) and several their other outlets.

Other than Serabi, Solo offers a rich varities of snack, ranged from dry snack, (onde-onde ceplus, kripik cakar, kripik paru, kerak nasi goreng) to keleman (fresh snack) (solo, wajik, jadah, kue ku, lapis, cara bikang). Sosis Solo has been identified as the specialty snack from Solo, is made of chopped beef combined with spices wrapped in by thin egg pancake. You can find the rich varities of traditional fresh snacks once you walk into Pasar Gede.


Dawet or called 'cendol' in west java/Jakarta tastes so good to cool you down during the hot days in Solo. This drink is made with coconut milk and brown-javanese sugar and sort-of gelatine. Thus this is sweet and usually served with ice-cubes. Gempol plered is made from coconut milk with rice ball and a look like some kind of 'pangsit'. Sometimes it served with rock ice. The taste is mix between sweet and litle bit salty.

  • rumah Turi Eco-Hotel [2], Jl. Srigading II no. 12 Turisari. Tel.: (62)(271) 736606.

The region's first green boutique hotel steeped in modern minimalist style, warm and comforting for all kinds of discerning travellers — from businesspeople to backpackers — with its cozy ambience, secure and traditional neighbourhood, and elegant style.

  • Arini. Jl. Slamet Riyadi 361. Tel.: (62)(271) 716525, (62)(271) 739214. Rate: approx. US$ 15/night.
  • Kusuma, Jl. Rajiman 374. Tel.: (62)(271) 712740, (62)(271) 726153. Rate: approx. US$ 18/night.
  • Mulia Keprabon, Jl. Ahmad Dahlan 7.Tel.: (62)(271)661884. Rate: approx. US$ 10/night.
  • Istana Griya [3],Jl. KH. Dahlan No 22 Solo Indonesia.Tel.: (62)(271)632667, email: Home stay is just minutes from the public bus station very fine location in touristic area. 18 rooms which consist of standard, deluxe and suite arrangaed in high Solonese architectures. Very friendly staff.
  • Sahid Kusuma. Jl. Sugiopranoto 20. Tel.: (62)(271) 646356. [4]. Class: 4 stars.
  • Sahid Raya. Jl. Jl. Gajah Mada 82. Tel. (62)(271) 644144. [5]. Class: 4 stars. Next to Solo Palace.
  • Novotel. Jl. Slamet Riyadi 262. Tel.: (62)(271) 772455. [6]. Class: 4 stars.
  • Quality. Jl. Ahmad Yani 40. Tel.: (62)(271) 731322. [7]. Class: 4 stars.
  • Riyadi Palace. Jl. Slamet Riyadi 335. Tel.: (62)(271) 713300, (62)(271) 717181. Class: 3 stars.
  • Ibis. Jl. Slamet Riyadi (next to Novotel). [8]. Class: 3 stars
  • De Solo Boutique Hotel, +62271 726788, [9]. De Solo Boutique Hotel offers 19 chic rooms and suites. The hotel's prime location gives you access to the city's modern conveniences and enigmatic past. Key areas within close distance from the hotel include the Adisumarmo International Airport (20 minutes) as well as the Balapan Railway Station and Tertonadi Bus Station (15 minutes). Jl. Dr. Sutomo 8-10 Solo. Central Java, Indonesia. Rates star at USD $50.  edit
  • Lor-in Solo [10], Jl. Adisucipto 47. Tel. +62-271-724500, Fax +62-271-724400, email: A 5-star hotel located close to the airport. Offers several spa programs. Rates: US$90-1000.
  • baron indah hotel, jl. dr. radjiman no. 392 laweyan solo (behind of solo grand mall), 0271 - 729 071. email :, Website : We provide 37 Rooms consist of : 27 Standard and 10 Deluxe Room Hotel facilities : - free airport transfer - andong and becak shopping tour - solo ground tour package - in-house spa - free wi-fi internet connection at lobby and restaurant - business center - meeting room - in-house and outside laundry Rates : 462.000 nett/room/night for STD  : 558.000 nett/room/night for Deluxe  edit
  • Yogyakarta is a more tourist city located close to Solo. The easiest is by car, or charter a taxi (approx. 30 min). Taking the train can also be an option, Prambanan Express (Prameks) leaves frequently during the day (usually catering for the commuter workers) from Solo Balapan and Purwosari Station. Ticket costs Rp. 7500 ($ 0.8) one way. Train ride is about one hour and the last stop will be Tugu Station in Yogyakarta right in the middle of Malioboro.
  • Borobudur, the largest Buddhist structure in the world, can be seen from Solo, but it would be better to visit from Yogyakarta.
  • Prambanan temples are a large set of Hindu temples located 50km away. It is easy to stop off at the temples on the way to Yogya.and service to Prambanan just only rp 5,000 if using local bus to yogyakarta from Terminal Tirtonadi.
  • Ambulance: 118.
  • Police: 110.
  • Solo Police HQ. Jl. Adisucipto 2, Manahan. Tel.: (62)(271) 712600.
  • Surakarta Police station. Jalan Slamet Riyadi 376. Tel.: (62)(271) 740683, (62)(271) 713003.

Hospitals with 24 hours emergency room (ER):

  • RSUD Moewardi. Jl. Kol. Sutarto 132, Jebres. Tel.: (62)(271) 634634.
  • RS Dr. Oen I. Jl. Brig Katamso No 55. Tel.: (62)(271) 643139, Fax: (62)(271) 642026.
  • RS Dr. Oen II. Komplek Perum Solo Baru, Tel.: (62)(271) 620220. Fax.: (62)(271) 622555.
  • RS Kasih Ibu. Jl. Slamet Riyadi no, 354. Tel.: (62)(271) 714422, Fax: (62)(271) 717722.
  • RS Panti Waluyo. Jl A. Yani No. 1. Tel.: (62)(271) 712077.
  • RS Brayat Minulyo, Jl Dr Setiabudi 106, Solo 57139. Tel.: (62)(271) 716646, Fax: (62)(271) 727309.
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

SOLO, OR Solo Whist, a card game which is a modification of whist, the chief distinctive feature being that a single player generally has to oppose the other three. The game came into vogue in England towards the end of the 19th century. The following "declarations" can be made, the order being important: (1) proposition; (2) acceptance; (3) solo; (4) misere; (5) abondance (or abundance); (6) misere ouverte; (7) abondance declaree (declared abundance). Proposition and acceptance go together, as will be seen; of the rest "solo" can be declared over "proposition," misere over solo, and so on. The stakes - regarding sixpence as the unit - are: for proposition, sixpence; for solo, sixpence (sometimes a shilling); for misere, a shilling; for abundance, eighteenpence; for open misere, two shillings; for declared abundance, three shillings. A further stake may be arranged for "overtricks," to be paid to the player for every trick made above the number proposed, and for "undertricks," to be paid by the player for every trick below that number.

A full pack is used; players cut as at whist for deal and seats; the cards may be dealt singly, but are more commonly dealt by threes, with a single card for the last round. The last card is turned up and left exposed for a round, whether it is used for trumps or not. One deal constitutes a game. The laws of whist obtain, where applicable, in such matters as following suit, revoking, the passing of the deal, &c. The player on the dealer's left is first to declare or pass: if he proposes, any player may accept, the right going first to the player on his left, but any player when his turn comes may make a higher declaration than any that has gone before him, though a player whose call has been superseded may amend his call afterwards. If all the players pass, either there is a new deal, or by arrangement there is a general misere, when the player who takes the most tricks - sometimes, the last trick - pays a single stake all round.

The Declarations

(1) Proposal: This is an invitation to another player to "accept," i.e. to join the proposer in an attempt to make eight tricks. (2) Solo: Here a player undertakes to win five tricks, playing against the other three in combination. (3) Misere: This is a declaration by a player that he will not win a single trick. There are no trumps, but the turn-up card is left exposed for the first round. If the caller wins a trick the game is at an end (there are no overtricks or undertricks), but he has a right to see the opponents' hands, to be sure that no revoke has been made. A trick that has been turned may not be seen afterwards. (4) Abundance is a declaration that a player will make nine tricks single-handed. The caller makes any suit trumps, but abundance in the turn-up suit takes precedence over abundance in other suits. The trump suit must be declared after the other players have passed, before the first round is played. (5) Misbre ouverte: This call is a declaration to lose all thirteen tricks, but after the first trick the caller's cards are placed on the table, though he may play them as he pleases. (6) Declared Abundance: This is a declaration of the caller to make all thirteen tricks by his own hand. He makes his own trumps and always leads, but a declaration in the suit of the turn-up card takes precedence over others. The game ends when the caller loses a trick. There are no undertricks.

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Simple English

Solo may refer to:

  • Solo (music), to play music or sing alone
  • Solo (dance), a dance done by an individual


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