Pura Mangkunegaran: A Millennial Palace in Solo, Indonesia

javaprivatetour.com – Indonesia is a country with a rich history, and there is no shortage of historical sites to explore. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Solo, Central Java, is the Pura Mangkunegaran palace. This palace has been gaining popularity in recent years, especially among millennials, and it’s easy to see why.

A Brief History of Pura Mangkunegaran

Pura Mangkunegaran was once the official palace of the Mangkunegaran duchy and the residence of its dukes. The palace was built in 1757 by Mangkunegara I, also known as Raden Mas Said, and was modeled after the royal palace (keraton).

Solo, as part of the glory of the strongest Islamic kingdom in Java, the Mataram Sultanate, holds a lot of history. Surakarta or Solo has two historical tourist destinations that are part of the cultural heritage, namely Pura Mangkunegaran and the Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace.

Pura Mangkunegaran is located on Jalan Ronggowarsito, Keprabon, Banjarsari District, Surakarta City, about 2 kilometers from the north square of Surakarta City or 3 kilometers from the south square of Surakarta City.

Meanwhile, the Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace, which is the official palace of the Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat, is located on Jalan Kamandungan, Baluwarti, Pasar Kliwon District, Surakarta City, Central Java, about 350 meters from the north square of Surakarta City or 1.8 kilometers from the south square of Surakarta City. The Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace was built earlier, namely since 1745 by Paku Buwono II.

Pura Mangkunegaran was once the official palace of the Mangkunegaran duchy

Modernization of Pura Mangkunegaran Results in a Millennial Palace

Pura Mangkunegaran tourism has now succeeded in attracting visits from the public. Pura Mangkunegaran has taken various revitalization steps so that it has now become a hot topic on social media and is even called the “Millennial Palace”.

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A study conducted by the Student Creativity Program (PKM) team in the field of Social Humanities Research (RSH) at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), namely Syahriza Indra Utomo, et al. shows that the public has high enthusiasm for one of the tourist attractions in Solo since the Pura Mangkunegaran garden has been refreshed.

The garden in the west area of Pura Mangkunegaran, known as Taman Pracima Tuin, was once neglected and experienced damage and weathering. However, during the leadership of KGPAA Mangkunegara X, Taman Pracima was then revitalized with a focus on the garden structure during the reign of Mangkunegara VII. Uniquely, the revitalization is also aligned and acculturated according to the times.

Taman Pracima then seemed to give a ‘millennial’ or contemporary feel to Pura Mangkunegaran. This is evident from the visitors who are mostly millennials. However, this palace still maintains its identity by blending Western and Javanese cultural elements.

For your information, Taman Pracima Tuin is a destination that is open to the public. The goal is to increase economic income. The opening of Taman Pracima to the public is also intended as a place for the public or tourists in Puro Mangkunegaran to enjoy traditional culinary delights.

Even though it is open to the public, people who want to visit Taman Pracima Tuin and Pracimasana must make a reservation first. In addition, the entrance fee of Rp30,000 to enter Pura Mangkunegara does not include a pass ticket to Taman Pracima Tuin.

To enter Taman Pracima Tuin, there is no entrance fee. However, you must order food for a minimum of Rp100,000 at the Pracimasana restaurant.

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Now, Taman Pracima Tuin has become the main icon of Pura Mangkunegaran and can only be found in this palace. This beautiful and aesthetic garden cannot be found in the Solo Palace or the Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace.

Pracima Tuin Park
Taman Pracima Tuin

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