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Surakarta Travel Guide, Indonesia

The city of Surakarta (also called as Solo in short) happens to be a city located in the country of Indonesia. The city of Surakarta is located somewhere in the Central Java region. The name Surakarta is used for official works while the other name Solo is used by the locals of the city as well as the tourists that hit the city as Solo is way easier to pronounce when compared to the word Surakarta. There are many theories which explain the reason why this city was named as Surakarta. The most significant theory being the neighboring district called as Kartasura which sounds similar in name to this city’s name which is Surakarta.

As per the census of year 2004 the population for the city of Surakarta was around 570000 inhabitants. The city of Surakarta stretches over an area of around 44 kilometer square and this makes the population density for the city of Surakarta to be around 13 per kilometer square. This population isn’t huge for any city and this makes the city of Surakarta to be a peaceful city which is still away from the difficulties that various metro cities of this planet have.

The city of Surakarta is situated around 65 kilometers away from the city of Yogyakarta and around 100 kilometers from the city of Semarang. The longest river of Java is Bengawan Solo River and this is the water body that is situated in the proximity of this city. The name of this city was also used in a famous song during the 1940s which became a chart buster in almost every Asian country. The song was Bengawan Solo and was composed by Gesang Martohartono.

The city of Surakarta has been divided into 5 major districts namely Jebres, Banjarsari, Serengan, Pasar Kliwon, and Laweyan. This division makes the administration of the city a very easy job for the local government of this city.

The city of Surakarta has also been gifted with two huge markets that attract heavy number of tourists as well as locals so as to buy items as per their requirements. You will be surprised to see the quality of items in these markets which are no less than those available in other branded markets. The two markets are Paser Gade and Pasar Klewer.

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