A few items about Solo from Wikipedia.
Surakarta (often called Solo and less commonly Sala, is a city in Central Java, Indonesia of more than 520,061 people (2009) with a population density of 11,811.5 people/km2. The 44 km2 city adjoins Karanganyar Regency and Boyolali Regency to the north,Karanganyar Regency and Sukoharjo Regency to the east and west, and Sukoharjo Regency to the south. On the eastern side of Solo lies Bengawan Solo River. The city is the seat of Surakarta Sunanate kraton (palace/court). Together with Yogyakarta, Surakarta is the heir of the Mataram Kingdom that was split into two kingdoms in 1755.
Surakarta together with Yogyakarta is well known as the cultural heartland of Java. As the centre of surviving Javanese court (kraton), Surakarta is famous for its refined, highly polished aesthetic, and sophisticated Javanese art. The Kraton served as an important center dedicated for the preservation of Javanese culture. Several important traditional Javanese ceremonies such as Satu Suro and Sekaten rituals were observed in high importance among its people. The Sunan (king) of Surakarta, although today no longer holds official actual political power, is still revered and holds important position as cultural symbol among Javanese people.
Banjarsari District is located in downtown Surakarta. It is located in the district of Solo Racing stations serving a train trip to Jakarta / Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Semarang. In addition, there is also the Terminal Tirtonadi which is a bus terminal.
Also in this district is the Mangkunagaran temple, the royal palace Mangkunagara, one of the heirs of Mataram kingdom New. This district is the largest districts in Surakarta and incidentally also the richest districts. Many international five-star hotel is located in this district. In addition there are three important cemetery in this district: TPU Bonoloyo, Nayu North Astana, Astana Bibis and Noble.