Survey Dadakan di Taman Pelangi

Selepas menelusuri Pasar Jongke, aku sejenak berdiri di atas sebuah jembatan penghubung dua sisi Jalan Dr. Rajiman yang terpisahkan oleh Kali Solo. Kuperhatikan lekat-lekat sungai selebar sepuluh meter itu yang airnya tampak mengering berwarna kecoklatan.

Sore hampir menyentuh pukul lima, dari salah satu sisi jembatan itu, aku menunggu kedatangan taksi online yang kupesan.

Tak lama, lima menit kemudian taksi online itu tiba. Aku bergegas menaikinya di bangku depan, bersebelahan dengan pengemudi.

GALABO ya, Mas!”, aku mengonfirmasi tujuan.

Wah, GALABO jam segini belum siap, Mas. Para pedagang masih menyiapkan makanan yang akan dijualnya”, pengemudi muda itu memberikan informasi penting.

Waduh….Mas, saya sebetulnya sedang survey tempat wisata untuk sebuah acara penting kantor saya. Mas ada rekomendasi tempat yang bisa dikunjungi buat para peserta acara itu nanti?”.

Bagaimana kalau saya antar ke Taman Pelangi?”

 “Oke lah Mas, daripada saya menunggui GALABO yang belum buka”.

Okay, kita meluncur kesana ya, Mas!”.

Tak terasa, taksi online yang kutunggangi sudah meninggalkan daerah Laweyan. Perlahan tapi pasti merangsek ke arah timur melewati Jalan Abdul Rahman Saleh, berlanjut ke Jalan Monginsidi dan sedikit berjalan kencang di ruas Jalan Kolonel Sutarto.

Setelah berjibaku di macetnya jalanan Solo maka aku tiba di Taman Pelangi pada pukul 18:41.Secara keseluruhan aku telah berpindah sejauh sepuluh kilometer dalam waktu tiga puluh menit.

Gerbang Taman Pelangi Jurug yang merupakan bagian dari Taman Satwa Taru Jurug.
Area parkir.

Taksi online berhenti di salah satu slot parkir di halaman depan yang luas. Aku segera turun dan menuju ke loket penjualan tiket masuk.

Masih buka, Mbak?”

Baru saja buka jam 17:00 tadi, Mas. Kita tutup jam 23:00”.

Berapa harga tiket masuknya, Mbak?

Dua puluh lima ribu, Mas”.

 “Oh, baik. Saya beli satu tiket ya, Mbak”.

Baik, Mas”.

Aku segera memasuki taman setelah memiliki tiket dalam genggaman. Memasuki area taman, aku langsung faham bahwa ini adalah wisata malam yang menggoda setiap pengunjungnya dengan permainan cahaya di setiap sisi dan sudut taman. Taman berusia tiga tahun ini penuh dengan cahaya.

Hanya saja aku datang terlalu awal, pukul enam sore di kota Solo belum mampu menggelapkan langit. Permainan lampu itu keindahannya belum terlihat sempurna karena langit masih saja terang benderang. Menurut penjaga loket, waktu terbaik untuk berkunjung di taman ini adalah diatas pukul delapan malam.

Tetapi itu semua tak masalah bagiku, karena aku datang ke tempat ini hanyalah untuk melakukan survey lokasi wisata untuk kandidat destinasi Marketing Conference.

Area parking.
Bersiap memasuki Taman Pelangi Jurug.

Tak sampai setengah jam berkeliling taman, aku mulai melangkah keluar meningglkan taman. Kemudian aku mulai berfikir mengambil kesimpulan. Sepertinya Taman Pelangi ini tidak akan kujadikan destinasi bagi para peserta Marketing Conference karena jenis wisata yang ditawarkan taman ini tidak cocok dengan konsep acaraku. Tapi setidaknya aku memperkaya opsi destinasi yang bisa menjadi masukan untuk panitia Marketing Conference.

Aku segera memesan taksi online kembali karena pukul tujuh malam nanti, aku harus sudah berada di GALABO. GALABO adalah wisata kuliner malam di daerah Kedung Lumbu.

Aku akan menikmati makan malam di tempat itu.

GALABO’ Soto Kwali and Wedang Ronde

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GALABO front gate.

Gladag Langen Bogan or better known as GALABO was a culinary market complex which was held on Kapten Mulyadi Street in Kedung Lumbu area. This street market concept had attracted for the CEO of a company where I worked as a main candidate to be visited at Marketing Conference later.

Therefore, I needed to see GALABO real condition. I have to dissect culinary content in it, its activities concept and of course, its operational time. And to be able to do that, I have to survey it at night because this was a culinary night market.

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I drove with an online taxi which I ordered to southwest, leaving Pelangi Park in Jurug area. Great time to went to GALABO, because I would arrive there at around 7:00 pm and I thought with confidence that culinary tents have been set up along the street.

I moved from Pelangi Park through Ir. Juanda Street, then continued to Jenderal Urip Sumoharjo Street. It took 15 minutes and a distance of 5 km until I finally arrived at a large courtyard with a row of stalls on one side.

“Where is the GALABO, Sir?”.

“This is GALABO, Sir. We have arrived”.

“As I know that GALABO is rows of culinary tents along the street, Sir”.

“Oh that first, Sir. Now it was relocated and moved here. It’s just on south of Fort Vredeburg ”.

“When is relocated, Sir?”

“On mid-2018, Sir”.

I opened the online taxi door and trying to hide my disappointment. I still thought that GALABO was street culinary. Because street culinary would be more attractive to Marketing Conference participants later.

28 selected culinary stalls
Stalls which only sell Solo’s legendary culinaries.
Open from 5pm until 5am.

It’s okay, Donny. Let’s just taste the food first! ”, I thought to myself.

The online taxi quickly left me in GALABO new area. I walked along row of stalls and looking for a suitable dinner. This time, my dinner was a little late so I decided to find a dish which was still hot. I didn’t hesitate to order Soto Kwali * 1 Mbok Yem. Then I combined it by ordering Wedang Ronde * 2 as a drink.

I took a seat on an umbrella shading-bench. Shortly after I sat down, a song sung by a singer with a single organ accompaniment began to play. I just enjoyed beautiful atmosphere of GALABO that evening. GALABO wasn’t crowded yet but visitors consistently started arriving. Slowly, rows of umbrella shading-bench started to fill up.

Ten minutes later, Dish which I ordered arrived and I started to eating a steaming Soto Kwali with gusto. Usually if I ate late, I would automatically lose my appetite. But this time, fragrant aroma of Soto Kwali made me forget my stomach condition which had started to catch a cold. Meanwhile, songs rhythhm which was delivered was faster and beater.

Beautiful night in Solo.

At the end of my dinner time, I started thinking, imagining in bringing 76 Marketing Conference participants to GALABO for dinner. On the other mind, I compared if dinner was being held at De ‘Tjolomadoe Sugar Factory Museum.

It seemed that I already had a tendency to choose which destination. GALABO or De ‘Tjolomadoe?

Now I have to hurry to visit other destination. Destination which would visit in afternoon during Marketing Conference, but I would survey it in the evening.

Let’s continued our journey to the biggest sports center in Bengawan City*3.

Notes:

Soto Kwali * 1 : a typical Solo dish cooked in kwali (clay pot). It’s a soup menu filled with pieces of beef, mostly from sengkel (top of beef leg).

Wedang Ronde * 2: is a hot drink which is made from ginger which can make our body warm after we drink it. It’s consisting of sticky rice balls, then poured with ginger sauce and sprinkled with fried peanuts with addition of plain bread and sugar palm fruit according to our taste.

Bengawan City*3: Another name for Solo  city besides Batik City. Bengawan is a Javanese vocabulary which means a big river.

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Suddenly Survey at Taman Pelangi

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After exploring Jongke Market, I stood for a moment on a bridge which was connecting the two sides of Dr. Rajiman Street which was separated by Solo River. I closely looked at a fifteen meter wide river, whose water seemed to dry and have brown colour.

It was almost five o’clock in the afternoon, from a bridge side, I was waiting for online taxi arrival which I ordered.

Soon, five minutes later, an online taxi arrived. I rushed into it in its front seat, next to driver.

GALABO yes, Sir!”, I confirmed my destination.

GALABO at this hour isn’t ready, Sir. All traders are still preparing their food which are going to sell”, that young driver gave me an important information.

Sir, I was actually surveying a tourist spot for an important event in my office. Sir, are there any recommendations for places which can visit by event’s participants? “.

What if I take you to Taman Pelangi (Pelangi Park)?”

Okay, Sir, rather than waiting for GALABO which hasn’t opened yet“.

Okay, we go there, Sir!”.

Not felt, the online taxi which I was riding had left Laweyan area. Slowly but surely it was advancing eastward through Abdul Rahman Saleh Street, continuing onto Monginsidi Street and running a little fast on Colonel Sutarto Street.

After struggling in traffic jams at Solo’s streets, I arrived at Taman Pelangi (Pelangi Park) on 06:41 p.m. Overall I had moved for ten kilometers in thirty minutes.

Taman Pelangi Jurug gate. People also called it Taman Satwa Taru Jurug.
Parking area.

Online taxi stopped at one of parking slots in large front yard. I immediately got down and headed to ticket counter.

Still open, Ma’am?”

Just opened at 17:00 hours, Sir. We close at 23:00 hours “.

How much is the entry ticket, Ma’am?

Twenty five thousand Rupiah (USD 1,8), Sir“.

Oh well. I buy one ticket, Ma’am”.

Okay,Sir”.

I immediately entered the park after having a ticket in hand. Entering park area, I immediately understood that this was a night tour which tempts every visitor with a light show on every side and corner of the park. This three year old park was full of light.

It was just that I arrived too early, at six o’clock in the afternoon at Solo City, not able yet to darken the sky. The beauty of this light show didn’t look perfect because the sky was still bright. According to ticket counter staff, the best time to visit this park was after eight o’çlock in evening.

But it all didn’t matter to me, because I came to this place only to survey a tourist locations for Marketing Conference destination candidates.

Parking area.
Be ready to entering Taman Pelangi Jurug.

Less than half an hour walking around the park, I started to walking out of it. Then I started thinking to make a conclusion. It looked like that I wouldn’t make Taman Pelangi as a destination for Marketing Conference participants because the type of tourism which was offered by this park didn’t match to the event concept. But at least, I enriched destination options which could be input for Marketing Conference committee.

I immediately ordered a online taxi again because at seven o’clock tonight, I should be in GALABO. GALABO was a night culinary tourism in Kedung Lumbu area.

I would enjoy dinner at that place.

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