Exploring The Unique Triwindu Antique Market Ngarsopuro Solo Indonesia – Solo or Surakarta in Central Java is known with the art and Javanese culture. You could visit 2 palaces in this city which are Solo Keraton Solo (Solo Palace) and Puri Mangkunegara (Mangkunegara Palace). I tried to dig why there are two palaces in Solo then I came up in a long story of Indonesian history during the Dutch colonialism.
During my visit to Solo sometimes ago, I stayed at Novotel Solo Hotel. The location of this hotel is very strategic, in the city center. It is close to many main places in Solo, you even could go to both palaces on foot.
On one sunny day, I walked around the Novotel Solo Hotel with no purpose. I just wanted to find out the interesting places nearby. During the dry season. the weather of Solo is a little bit hot and humid. So I applied sunblock before I went out to keep my skin well.
After some development and improvement, this city looks nicer and cooler. The government planted a lot of trees around the city center. Besides, the pedestrian restoration gives more opportunity for people to walk around the city safely.
Based on the map application on my mobile phone, the Puri Mangkunegaran is close from Novotel Solo. So, I decided to go there. Luckily, on the way to the palace, something caught my attention. It was an antique market. I remembered that sometimes ago I read an article about this market. Passed by this market, I decided to go inside to find out what was in this market.
I gave myself sometimes for exploring the unique Triwindu Antique Market Ngarsopuro Solo Indonesia. Located at Jalan Diponegoro which is known as Ngarsopuro area, this antique market is easy to find. There is a bus stop in the end of Jalan Diponegoro then you could walk like only 5 minutes to reach this market.
On the way to Triwindu Antique Market from Jalan Slamet Riyadi, you will see some statues of music instrument players a long the Jalan Diponegoro. While entering the market, you will see some Javanese mask statues.
If you loves antique stuffs, this market is a heaven. This market was built on 1939 by KGPAA Mangkunegara VII in the commemoration of 24 years of his reign in Mangkunegara Palace. Moreover, this market could support the business and economic of Solo citizens.
This two-floors building offers you a lot of antique and unique stuffs. You could find necklaces, lamp, porcelain, batik stamps, traditional dancing accessories, traditional masks, shadow plays, wooden and stone statues, bottles, old coin, and many second hand items. If you are a music lover, you might find records, gramophone, old radios.
Some of these items are in good condition and clean. Unfortunately, some needs repair. You need good eyesight with great skill to be able to differentiate the genuine from fake or the re-production one. I believe you will find a lot of eye-catching item at Triwindu Antique Market. For antique and vintage lovers, I suggest you to spend 2-3 hours to go around this place.
Firstly, remember you need to bargain; even though the price of certain items cannot be less too much. Secondly, you should browse through all aisles and compare things before make decision on what item you wanted to have. If you are lucky enough, you could get some awesome stuffs in low price.
Since not all sellers are able to speak or understand English, I think it will be a little challenge for you. But there are many ways to bargain, isn’t it? Stop by at Triwindu Antique Market when you are on the way to Pura Mangkunegaran. It is only 10 minutes away.