In Pendopo (Court Hall)
Saturdays - 9.00 – 10.30 am
Saturdays Pon - 10.00 p.m to midnight
The Weton-day. (Javanese birthday of Sri Mangkoenagoro IX)
See Karaton Gamelan.
Monday : Court Dance Training
Tuesday : Sinden Lesson
Wednesday : Dance Training for court employees (abdi dalem).
Thursday : Gamelan music lesson for foreigners
Friday : Singing art of classical gamelan music
Saturday : Gamelan music – Monggang preservation
Mondays to Sundays : Museum
The magnificent Mangkunagaran Palace or locally known as Puro Mangkunagaran stands proudly in the down town of Solo. It is easily reachable from every hotel of the city. The location is very convenient, even for new visitors.
The court families under the present leader of Sri Mangkoenagoro IX manage to preserve the high valuable cultural heritage of their ancestors – the Mataram dynasty. There is no day in this Puro without any art and cultural activities. The Puro Mangkunagaran as one of the cradle of Javanese culture is committed to the preservation and development of Javanese culture.
This classical culture in this modern time, remains as beautiful as ever. The beauty of the palace and its contents, nowadays, can be enjoyed also by local and foreign visitors coming from different parts of the world.
A sight seeing to the Palace can be done everyday and the Mangkunagaran Tourist Bureau is available at any time to arrange a special package programme requested by the visitors, such as
Tour leaders and guides conversant in Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese who know very well Mangkunagaran as well as Javanese art and culture are available.
Interesting Objects/ Museum
The Puro has a rich collection of books, a genuine source of information, visited by many students, scholars and historians. The famous book of Javanese philosophy "Wedatomo" was masterpiece of the late Sri Mangkoenagoro IV.
For those who are interested in traditional pilgrimage to the graveyards of Mangkunagaran families, a grouped pilgrimage can be arranged or permit can be issued.
The important pilgrimages are:
NB. At the beginning, this pilgrimage service was rendered to the Mangkunagaran families residing outside Solo mainly for practical reason. As interest from other party was growing, the Puro could arrange it upon request.
Evening visit to Puro Mangkunagaran on a special occasion, for instance when the Puro is organizing a certain ceremony, can be arranged. Nowadays, Puro Mangkunagaran carries out an open door policy for visitors worldwide. It is cordially hoped that whatever they have seen in Mangkunagaran Palace: art, culture, precious things and ritual etc. should be beneficial and remain as one of the best remembrance in their successful life. To facilitate professionally a visitor’s interest, kindly contact:
Mangkunagaran Tourist Bureau.
As a traditional leader, Sri Mangkoenagoro IX and/or his wife K.B.R.Ay.A. Mangkoenagoro IX, by the request of the society, have a honorable obligation to participate in various events, such in charity gatherings, traditional contests and other cultural activities.
The Mangkunagaran’s court families have a strong traditional relation preserved up to present date. From time to time they organize meeting or get gathering to strengthen the family union or to do positive things to preserve high valuable Mangkunagaran Art, Culture and Tradition.
The H.K.M.N. Association consciously supports the continuous efforts of K.G.P.A.A. Mangkoenagoro IX as the family leader and one of the recognized traditional – court leader to preserve and disseminate Javanese Art and Culture in the society.
Joglosemar Online is grateful to His Highness Sri Mangkoenagoro IX for the interview and to his staffs:
R.M. Y. Tranggono (Tourist Bureau)
(Suryo S. Negoro)