House of Danar Hadi and Ngarsopuro Night Market

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Danar Hadi Ancient Batik Museum.

I was just trying to find as much information as possible about some events which would be held at Sriwedari Park in two months since my arrival. But unfortunately, there would be no cultural performances in next two months at that cultural park. That means, Marketing Conference participants couldn’t be directed to enjoy cultural performances at Sriwedari Park. Okay, that was okay, this survey was arguably a failed, but on other hand, at least, I had time to visit Sriwedari Park and added cultural treasures about Solo, even though it only took half an hour to visit.

At half past ten in evening, I started to leave Sriwedari Park. Then again swinging steps to east to survey the last destination on Jaladara Tourist Train Line. The place which I was aiming at was still a heritage site, located half a kilometer from Sriwedari Park.

This destination was nicknamed House of Danar Hadi. Of course, I already knew that when I arrived, this place was definitely closed because its operating hours was only until five in the afternoon every day. But that was okay, I only meant to confirm the place because I definitely recommended Marketing Conference Event Division to including this place as one of places to visited. Besides shopping for Typical of Solo Batik*1, Marketing Conference participants would also be able to visit Danar Hadi Ancient Batik Museum, which collected up to ten thousand types of batik in it.

A few minutes after arriving at destination, I was just silent looking at the shape of building and surveying surrounding area. It took me time to observe this destination before deciding to leave it and moved to another destination. Because that night, I would spend time around Ngarsopuro Night Market before going back to hotel for rest.

I continued swinging steps to Keprabon area. Ngarsopuro Night Market was no more than one kilometer from House of Danar Hadi. It only took fifteen minutes to get there.

Arrived at Diponegoro Street. My attention was suddenly drawn to crowd on west side of road. Gamelan sound made me curious and finally I couldn’t refrain to take a look at it.

Oh, it turned out that there was a Wayang Kulit*2 performance at that place. Better, for half an hour, I stood still and enjoyed the show, I haven’t seen a Wayang Kulit show in a very long time.

Wayang Kulit performance.

Several time before ten in evening, I finished in watching the show and rushed to Ngarsopuro Night Market area. This night market was actually open every Saturday night, while I come on Monday night. Therefore, traders at that night market didn’t seem optimal. There were only several food cars and culinary carts which sold foods and drinks at several points. But still, I decided to hang out and mingle with several groups of young people who seemed to be enjoying the night while sipping coffee and eating street culinary in Solo.

Taking a seat and enjoying a cup of coffee latte, I began to spend the evening in that place. That night I felt satisfied because my full day adventure was full of memories and very satisfying.

Until it was almost eleven o’clock in evening. I decided to immediately went back to Amaris Hotel Sriwedari and took a rest because tomorrow there was still a very busy survey schedule.

Food car in Ngarsopuro Night Market.
Visitors who were enjoying the night.
Finally, I joined with them.
Diponegoro Street.

Come on….Back to hotel….Sleep!

Note:

Batik*1 is an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to the whole cloth. This technique originated from the island of Java, Indonesia

Wayang Kulit*2 a traditional form of puppet-shadow play originally found in the cultures of Java, Bali, and Lombok in Indonesia

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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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