Solo Trip 2016 : Pura Mangkunegaran1:44:00 AM
I finally moved on from my Yogya posts and continue on with the next city we went to : Solo or Surakarta! I only have two posts from this city (the other one will be a hotel review and a bit of the story of our new year's eve, yes-half a year later!) and it's from our brief visit to Pura Mangkunegaran!
Pura Mangkunegaran is (the name might confuses you a bit, i initially thought Pura means temple-then i realize that it wasn't Bali and it means something totally unrelated) a smaller, lesser known Keraton (palace) in Surakarta. If you mention Keraton, one would immediately thought of Keraton Solo-which we've been to a few times already. Hunny and i are total history buffs and we're lucky enough that our interest rubs off Little O-who totally enjoys museum and historical places too.
In fact, Little O was actually the one who kept mentioning museums since the trip bored him a bit, we mainly went for culinary and Batik shopping-hardly interesting for an 8 year old boy! We initially wanted to visit some museums which unfortunately were closed because it was new year's holiday. We managed to slip some time to visit Pura Mangkunegaran (which i'm sure i've been to before, maybe when i was little because i recognize the place somehow, but don't really have solid memories of it) in the morning before we had to go back to Surabaya.
|Like Keraton Solo and Yogya, there were gamelan band playing at the background|
|Then we entered the inner part. There's this area called Dalem Ageng that used to be the royal wedding chamber-now used as a museum. The open area is called Pringgitan|
|Here you can see the strong European influence with all the European furnitures and decorations|
|See those framed photos? Those are of the current royal family. One of the princes were an actor, and the current King was divorced and re-married. A total modern day family haha|
|Before i started blogging, i used to laugh at L's hobby to take fake candid pics|
|Fast forward to present time, i definitely give L a run for her money in the staged candid category *LOL*|
|Is it just me or that kind of antique mirrors are simply terrifying? Maybe i watch too much horror movies, but can you just imagine someone standing behind you when it's getting dark and happen to pass by one of those???|
|The garden's totally lush and beautiful. Is it very wrong that i immediately thinking of outfit photos in every nook and cranny of this place?|
|I find this pic hilarious, it looks like Koko O is leading his mini army on :D..|
|OOTD time *LOL*. I don't often wear something that i just bought immediately, but i was running out of pants so i wore that comfy Batik culottes that i bought in Yogya earlier|
|OMG Litte O, what's with the expression..|
|Heading to Beranda Dalem|
|Even stronger European feeling here, yea?|
|There are parts of the palace where photography was not allowed, i don't really know why but as a respectful visitor, i did not even think of violating the rules-of course|
|You will forever find me doing mirror selfies-no matter where i go...|
|Lots and lots of intricate antique decorations to admire|
|Hunny is a total people-person, the only one who gives the guide the time of the day hahaha|
|Eek, who clearly didn't want to be there, and didn't stop complaining from start to finish. I wonder if his mum dropped him head first when he was a baby. Why else is he such a pain in the ass?|
|Ever so curious boy ^^|
And that's it! I personally think this is a very interesting and beautiful place, a total must visit (and the area surrounding it is also very... I don't even know how to explain, it's very tourist friendly, photogenic and lovely la) if you ever go to Solo!
Hope you enjoy the post! Toodles for now!#Pink