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Candi Ceto, beautiful temple in the sky
On the slopes of Mount Lawu, rests a 700 year old Hindu temple 1470m above sea level.There are few visitors to this place as the journey here was dangerous. No guide book will mention the perilous but beautiful journey through mist-covered tea fields, deep yawning valleys and terrifying hair-pin turns. Guess there are few tourists who are willing to risk the thousand metre drop. But once you're there, you'll forget the peril you went through. The temple, hewn out of darkened stone,was beautiful and it overlooked the gorgeous green valley below. Every once in a while, a cloud blows over the temple and you'll think for a while that you're in a temple in the sky.
Where: 1470m above sea level, Mount Lawu, Java, Indonesia.
How I got there: On a rickety ojek(motorcycle) which broke down several times on the journey from Solo to the mountain. The trip was arranged by Warung Baru guesthouse.
If you have a thing for palaces and musty art and historical collections, do pop down to Kasunanan Kraton. Of the two palaces over here in Solo, Kasunanan Kraton is more worth a visit as the other Kraton ( Kraton Mangkunegaran) is in a sad state of disrepair. If you're here in the former royal residence of King Pakubuwono in the 17th century, do look out for this enormous rice pot, an enormous barge with an equally enormous oar and the octogonal tower called Panggung Songgobuwono where the king is rumoured to meet the Goddess of the South Seas during the anniversary of his coronation. I wonder if they exchanged cell phone numbers during the exchange. But no matter, the tower was festooned with bamboo poles when I was there as it was in the process of being restored.
Admission is 2,500 Rupiah (0.28 USD), which includes a guide.
Becak driver at the Kraton, Solo
Abang beca, abang beca di tengah jalan,
Cari muatan untuk mencari makan,
Putar putar, putar putar kaki mengayuh,
Pergi jauh teringat pun lalu jatuh,
Dari pagi hingga matahari terbenam,
Barat timur selatan serta utara,
Hujan panas tiada melintangi nya,
Abang beca, abang beca, abang beca,
(Indonesian song about Becak Drivers)
Instead of taking an ojek(motorcycle taxi) and spinning in mad circles in Solo, take a leaf from the Becak drive and take life in the slow lane. This 3 wheeled human-powered cab is the most common mode of transport here and trips cost around Rp 15,000(less than 1USD).
Pasar Gede, Solo, Indonesia
No foodie's trip is complete without a trip to the local food market. Pasar Gede is such a place. You'll see all types of local produce there from thorny green durians to banana leaf packets of fried catfish served with rice and vegetables (pecel lele). While I was here, I bought hard to get items in Singapore such as "Kluwek" or the Indonesia Black Nut, Roasted Arabica Beans, Black Pepper and Spices. My excitement got the better of me and I neglected to ask if they had any Kopi Luwak ( That my dear reader, is the coffee that has been crapped out by the Asian Civet Cat ).
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Kaki Lima Vendor whipping up a meal
For a taste of real Solonese food try something from a Kaki Lima. They're the mobile street food vendors who ply their trade on the streets of Solo with a push cart. In case you're wondering, they're called kaki lima(5 legs) as they're named after the mobile stalls' three wheels plus the owner's two feet! The push cart serves as a mobile kitchen. They can whip a mean bowl of salad or steaming mee bakso in seconds.
Where: Solo, Central Java, near Pasar Triwindu
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