Romantisme Gatokaca dan Pregiwa di Taman Sriwedari

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Gerbang Taman Sriwedari.

Karena Loji Gandrung pernah digunakan oleh Kolonel Gatot Subroto sebagai pusat komado dalam menghadapi Operatie Kraai yang dilancarkan Belanda pada Desember 1948. Itulah sebuah alasan yang nantinya akan kuketahui kenapa patung yang dipilih untuk ditempatkan di depan Loji Gandrung adalah patung Jenderal Gatoto Subroto.

Kini kita akan bicara topik lain….

Dahulu….

Sebelum Stadion Manahan dibangun oleh Keluarga Cendana melalui Yayasan Ibu Tien Soeharto pada tahun 1998. Kota Solo memiliki stadion sepakbola yang kecil tapi legendaris. Stadion yang telah melahirkan klub sepakbola profesional yang pernah mencatatkan sejarah dalam persepakbolaan Indonesia, yaitu Arseto Solo FC. Stadion itu sendiri bernama Stadion Sriwedari. Penamaan ini sendiri tentu terkait dengan letaknya yang berada di area Sriwedari.

Malam itu, tentu aku tidak berniat mengunjungi Stadion Sriwedari selepas berkunjung ke Loji Gandrung untuk mencari informasi. Hanya perlu kamu ketahui bahwa di sisi timur stadion legendaris itu terdapat taman budaya yang terkenal dengan pementasan Seni Wayang Orang. Taman budaya ini terkenal dengan sebutan Taman Sriwedari.

Lima belas menit lewat dari pukul sembilan malam, keluar dari gerbang Loji Gandrung, aku melanjutkan perjalanan survey menuju timur sejauh setengah kilometer. Menyusuri sisi selatan Jalan Slamet Riyadi, aku melangkah dalam keramaian malam. Hingga aku tiba pada sebuah name board bertajuk “I Love Solo” yang terletak di sebuah taman kecil di bawah sebuah pohon besar, tepat ditengah trotoar lebar. Inilah penanda bahwa langkahku telah sampai di tujuan.

Tempat hangout di depan Taman Sriwedari.
Patung Gatotkaca dan Pregiwa.

Aku disambut sebuah gapura megah dengan topeng “Buto” di atasnya disusul dengan sambutan patung Gatotkaca dan Pregiwa dengan warna emas di bagian halaman. Dari situ saja, aura budaya tanah jawa tercium sangat kuat. Sementara sebuah pendopo besar menggenapi salah satu sisi taman.

Dari informasi yang kubaca pada sebuah kalender event di salah satu titik. Tepat dua bulan sebelum kunjunganku, tempat ini telah menghelat sebuah pagelaran tahunan dalam usaha peletarian Seni Wayang Orang yaitu Festiwal Wayang Bocah ke-7. Rupanya Kota Solo sangat gencar dalam melestarikan budaya. Memiliki event budaya dari usia dini hingga menyediakan tempat budaya seperti Taman Sriwedari ini adalah bukti nyatanya.

Di bagian belakang-timur pendopo berdiri Gedung Kesenian Solo. Sementara di sisi kanannya tampak beberapa papan proyek rapi mengelilingi THR (Taman Hiburan Rakyat) Sriwedari. Aku mendapatan informasi bahwa taman ini telah ditutup dan akan digantikan keberadaannya dengan Masjid Taman Sriwedari. THR Sriwedari sendiri adalah salah satu legenda taman hiburan di pusat Kota Solo pada masa lalu. Dahulu kawasan ini dikenal dengan sebutan Bon Rojo (kebon rojo/kebun raja) pada era Paku Buwono X.

Sementara di sebelah belakang-barat pendopo terletaklah Gedung Wayang Orang Sriwedari. Gedung inilah yang berperan penting dalam pelestarian Kesenian Wayang Orang yang telah berfungsi hampir satu abad lamanya.

Taman Sriwedari menjadi satu tempat yang layak dikunjungi apabila saat pelaksanaan Marketing Conference nanti terdapat event budaya. Akan tetapi jika tidak ada, maka kemungkinan menjadi sangat kecil untuk mengunjunginya.

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Proyek di Halaman Depan Loji Gandrung

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Loji Gandrung.

Pernah berkunjung ke Istana Merdeka?. Atau berkunjung ke Balai Kota DKI Jakarta?. Ya, kedua tempat penting di Jakarta itu sering menawarkan wisata berkunjung.

Nah, bagaimana dengan Kota Solo?.

Yupsz, kota Solo juga memiliki wisata serupa. Tempat yang menjadi pusat perhatian untuk wisata sejenis adalah Loji Gandrung, rumah Dinas Walikota Solo yang terletak di sisi selatan Jalan Slamet Riyadi.

Malam semakin melaju, waktu hampir menyentuh jam sembilan malam ketika aku selesai merancang sebuah teaser Marketing Conference. Beruntung aku mendapat bantuan dari staff design di Jakarta. Aku juga sudah mem-blast teaser itu ke nomor Whatsapp dan email para calon peserta Marketing Conference.

Kini aku berfikir kembali tentang destinasi berikutnya. Tugasku kali ini adalah memilih beberapa destinasi yang berada di sepanjang jalur Kereta Wisata Jaladara yang akan disewa untuk berkeliling Kota Solo di hari kedua Marketing Conference. Maka di waktu tersisa sebelum semakin larut, aku akan mensurvey setidaknya tiga tempat wisata yang letaknya berdekatan saja.

Aku segera memesan taksi online, lalu meluncur ke pusat Kota Solo. Aku bergerak ke selatan sejauh lima kilometer daerah Manahan menuju daerah Laweyan.

Loji Gandrung ya, Mas!”, pintaku pada pengemudi taksi online.

Wah sudah tutup, Mas

Oh tidak apa-apa, Mas. Saya cuma ingin mencari informasi saja disana”.

Oh baik Mas. Loji Gandrung memang populer di Kota Solo, Mas. Dahulu, Presiden Soekarno sering singgah di Loji Gandrung ketika berkunjung ke Kota Solo”.

Wah keren ya ,Mas”, aku mulai tertegun dengan ucapan pengemudi muda itu.

Topik percakapan kami berkembang ke beberapa hal, hingga pengemudi itu menginjak rem tepat di seberang gerbang Loji Gandrung.

Gerbang Loji Gandrung.

Tanpa ragu, aku memasuki gerbang. Rupanya sedang berlangsung renovasi di halaman depan Loji Gandrung. Aku cuma melihat ujung teratas sebuah patung perunggu yang tertutup rapat oleh deretan papan proyek. Kedatanganku membuat seorang security keluar dari pos dan dengan sigap mengarahkan langkah menujuku.

Ada perlu apa, Mas?. Maaf ini bangunan pemerintah kota. Dilarang sembarangan memasuki halaman”, tegurnya.

Oh maaf, Pak. Saya hanya ingin mencari informasi

Informasi apa , Mas?

Pak, kami akan menyewa Kereta Jaladara dan bermaksud menjadikan tempat ini sebagai tempat tujuan wisata di rute kereta tersebut. Apakah saya boleh tahu prosedurnya, supaya saya bersama para peserta acara bisa mengunjungi tempat bersejarah ini, Pak?

Wah perizinannya sedikit ketat, Mas karena sedang direnovasi. Tetapi Mas boleh mengajukan permohonan resmi ditujukan ke Kepala Bagian Rumah Tangga Rumah Dinas. Mudah-mudahan pada tangga acara bisa diizinkan masuk”.

Oh baik, Pak. Saya berharap demikian”.

Aku memperhatikan sekitar. Bangunan Loji Gandrung ini berarsitektur sangat klasik. Ada perpaduan antara arsitektur Eropa dan Jawa. Tembok tebalnya khas Eropa ditutup dengan atap khas Jawa. Halaman depan dan belakang bangunan itu begitu luas dengan beberapa pepohonan.

Aku sadar bahwa yang berada di depanku adalah bangunan pemerintah dan aku tidak bisa berlama-lama di tempat itu. Aku harus segera undur diri dan berempati kepada security dengan tidak menggangu kenyamanan tempat itu.

Sebelum aku melangkah keluar dari halaman Loji Gandrung. Aku masih tergelitik dengan misteri proyek di sekitar halaman. Akhirnya kuberanikan diri untuk bertanya kepada securiry.

Pak, patung yang terhalang oleh papan proyek itu patung siapa?”.

Oh, itu patung Jenderal Gatot Subroto, Mas”.

Aku mengucapkan terima kasih kepada secutiry karena dia telah menerimaku dengan baik walau hanya berbincang tak lebih dari lima belas menit saja.

Kenapa harus patung Jenderal Gatot Subroto?……..

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Gatokaca and Pregiwa Romanticism in Sriwedari Park

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Sriwedari Park gate.

Because Loji Gandrung was once used by Colonel Gatot Subroto as the commado centre in facing Operatie Kraai which was launched by Dutch in December 1948. That was a reason which I would find later why a statue chosen to be placed in front of Loji Gandrung was General Gatoto Subroto Statue.

Now we would talk about other topic….

In the past….

Before Manahan Stadium was built by Cendana Family*1 through Ibu Tien Soeharto Foundation in 1998. Solo City had a small but legendary football stadium. The stadium which had given birth to a professional football club that had made history in Indonesian football, namely Arseto Solo FC. The stadium itself was called Sriwedari Stadium. This naming itself was of course related to its location in Sriwedari area.

That night, of course, I had no intention of visiting Sriwedari Stadium after visiting Loji Gandrung to seek information. But you just needed to know that on east side of this legendary stadium, there was a cultural park which was famous in Wayang Orang Art*2 performance. This cultural park was known as Sriwedari Park.

Fifteen minutes past nine o’clock in evening, exiting Loji Gandrung gate, I continued my survey trip to east for half a kilometer. Along south side of Slamet Riyadi Street, I stepped into night crowd. Until I arrived at a name board entitled “I Love Solo” which was located in a small park under a large tree, right in the middle of a wide sidewalk. This was a sign that my step had reached in the destination.

Hangout place in front of Sriwedari Park.
Gatotkaca and Pregiwa statue.

I was greeted by a magnificent gate with a “Buto*3” mask on it then followed by a welcome greeting by a golden statues of Gatotkaca and Pregiwa*4 in courtyard. From there alone, Javanese cultural aura smelled very strongly. Meanwhile, a large pavilion filled one side of  park.

From the information which I read on an event calendar at one point. Exactly two months before my visitation, this place has held an annual performance in Wayang Orang Art preservation effort, i.e 7th Wayang Bocah Festival. It seemed that Solo was very active in preserving culture. Having cultural events from an early age to providing cultural venues such as Sriwedari Park was a real proof.

At back-east of pavilion stands Gedung Kesenian Solo. While on the right side, there were several neat project boards which surround THR (Taman Hiburan Rakyat) Sriwedari. I received information that this park had been closed and would be replaced by Taman Sriwedari Mosque. THR Sriwedari itself was one of legends of an amusement park at Solo city centre on the past. Previously, this area was known as Bon Rojo (Kebon Rojo/King’s Garden) in Paku Buwono X era.

Meanwhile, to back-west of pavilion was Gedung Wayang Orang Sriwedari. This building had played an important role in Wayang Orang Art  preservation which had been functioning for nearly a century.

Sriwedari Park was a place which worth visiting if there was a cultural event during Marketing Conference. However, if there was no, there was very little chance of visiting it.

Note:

Cendana Family*1 is Second President of Republic of Indonesia’s family.

Wayang Orang Art*2  is a type of classical Javanese dance theatrical performance with themes taken from episodes of the Ramayana or Mahabharata.

Buto*3 is another term for evil giant

Gatotkaca and Pregiwa*4. Gatotkacais a character in Mahabharata epic, he is a son of Bima. Pregiwa is Gatotkaca’s wife.

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A Project at Loji Gandrung Front Yard.

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Loji Gandrung

Have you ever visited Merdeka Palace? Or visit DKI Jakarta City Hall? Yes, these two important places in Jakarta often offer visiting tours.

So, what about Solo City?

Yups, Solo City also has a similar tour. A place which has become attention center for this tourism type is Loji Gandrung, An official residence of Solo’s Mayor which is located on south side of Slamet Riyadi Street.

The night went on, it was almost nine o’clock in evening when I finished in designing a Marketing Conference teaser. Luckily, I got help from a design staff in Jakarta. I have also sent that teaser to Whatsapp number and email of all prospective Marketing Conference participants.

Now, I thought again about next destination. My task this time was to choose several destinations along Jaladara Tourist Train line which be rented by event comittee to get around Solo City on second day of Marketing Conference. So in remaining time, before it got too late, I would survey at least three tourist attractions which were located nearby each other.

I immediately ordered a taxi online, then drove to downtown. I moved south for five kilometers from Manahan area to Laweyan area.

Loji Gandrung, Sir!”, I asked online taxi driver.

Wow, it had closed, Sir

Oh, it’s okay, Sir. I just want to find information there”.

Oh well, Sir. Loji Gandrung is indeed popular in Solo City, Sir. In the past, President Soekarno often stayed at Loji Gandrung when he visited Solo”.

Wow, it’s cool, Sir“, I started to be stunned by a story from that young driver.

Our conversation topic progressed to several things, until driver hit brake just across Loji Gandrung gate.

Loji Gandrung gate.

Without hesitation, I entered the gate. It seemed that renovation was underway at Loji Gandrung front yard. I just saw the top end of a bronze statue whics was tightly covered by a row of project boards. My arrival made a security out of his post and swiftly directed his steps towards me.

What do you need, Sir?. Sorry this is a city government building. It’s forbidden to carelessly enter the yard”, he admonished.

Oh sorry, sir. I just want to find information

What information, Sir?”

Sir, we will rent Jaladara Train and intend to make this place as a tourist destination on train route. Can I know the procedure, so that I along with event participants can visit this historic place, sir?”

Wow, the licensing is a little tight, Sir because it’s being renovated. But you may submit a formal application and is addressed to Head of Household Department. Hopefully on the event date, you can be allowed to enter”.

Oh good, Sir. I hope so“.

I looked around. This Loji Gandrung building had a very classic architecture. There was a blend of European and Javanese architecture. Thick European walls were covered with a typical Javanese roof. The front and back yard of the building was wide with several trees.

I realized that what was in front of me was a government building and I couldn’t stay long in that place. I must immediately go and empathize to security by did’t disturbed the comfort of that place.

Before I stepped out of Loji Gandrung yard. I was still intrigued by project mystery around front yard. Finally, I ventured to ask to securiry.

“Sir, whose statue is blocked by this project board?”

“Oh, that’s a statue of General Gatot Subroto, Sir”.

I said thank to secutiry because he had accepted me well even though he only talked for no more than fifteen minutes.

Why should it be General Gatot Subroto statue?……..

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