23 September 2017

Geographically, Surakarta is located between 110045’15”-110045’35” east longitude and 7036’00” – 7056’00” south longitude, with an area of ​​approximately 4404.06 ha. Surakarta also located in the basin between two mountains, that is Merapi mount and Lawu mount  in the east and bordered by Bengawan Solo River  in the south.

From the traffic liaison aspect on the Java island, the position of Surakarta is on a strategic path that is meeting point that connected Semarang to Yogyakarta ( Joglosemar ), also Yogyakarta and Surabaya lines . With this strategic position, it is no wonder Surakarta became an important business center for the surrounding regent.

When viewed from the territorial limits, Surakarta city is surrounded by 3 regent. North is bordered by Karanganyar and Boyolali regent, on the east bordered Karanganyar and Sukoharjo regent, on the south by Sukoharjo regent , and on the west is bordered by Sukoharjo and Karanganyar regent.

Meanwhile administratively, Surakarta consists of 5 ( five ) sub-districts, ie Laweyan, Serengan, Pasar Kliwon, Jebres and Banjarsari. From the five districts , divided into 51 sub-districts , 595 Pillars of Citizens ( RW ) and the Neighborhood 2669 ( RT ) .

 

Solo City’s Vision and Missions

Vision:

“Becoming an independent, developed, and prosperous city of culture”

Missions:

Waras (Healthy):

To create a society where people live a wholesome life in a healthy and clean environment that allows the growth of productivity, creativity and prosperity

Wasis (Smart/Intelligent):

To become a home to intelligent and creative people with commendable morals and characters, who are contributive to the development of the growth and competitiveness of the city

Wareg (Content):

To support productive citizens who are able to fulfill their physical and spiritual needs to create an independent and participative society for the development of the city.

Mapan (Established):

To create a community that is orderly, safe, peaceful and fair for commendable and thriving residents through an accountable sectorial, regional, and demographic development as well as an effective, responsible, and responsive service delivery from the government.

Papan (Accommodating):

To create equity in housing as well as environmental support and capacity which go together with the changing needs of a growing population directed towards a sustainable city development.

 

The City’s Logo

Meaning of the Colors:

Green represents life. White, yellow, red and black represent some of the desires of human beings according to the Javanese values. The combination of the colors creates the meaning that in life, human beings have to be able to overcome and suppress their desires.

Meaning of the Figures:

-         The shield symbolizes struggle and protection.

-         The tugu lilin (candle-shaped monument) that is ablaze symbolizes the rise and union of the people.

-         Keris symbolizes glory and the culture of the Javanese people.

-         The bow and arrow symbolizes the perpetual state of awareness.

-         The horizontal, wavy lines in the background represents the waters of Bengawan Solo, the city’s biggest river.

-         The two stars on the right and left sides represent the stars in the sky, which holds the meaning of prosperity.

-         Bambu runcing, the traditional spear made from sharpened bamboo, symbolizes the struggles of the people against the Dutch colonialism.

-         The stalks of cotton and rice represent clothing and food, which signifies the people’s prayers for prosperity. The six leaves, flowers and bolls of the cotton            stalk and the 16 grains of the rice stem symbolizes June 16th, the day of the city’s de facto establishment.

-         Cloth is one of the most important commodities of the city, while Sidomukti batik motif represents hopes or prayers.

-         The combination of the figures in the oval symbolizes the surya sangkala memet, or the Javanese chronogram. The bow and arrow in motion means rinaras, which represents the number 6. The waters of Bengawan Solo means waudadi or dadi, which represents the number 4. Connecting the arrowhead and the top of the monument creates a straight line which means terus, representing the number 9. The candle-shaped monument means manunggal, which represents the number 1. The combination of the words create the sentence “RINARAS DADI TERUS MANUNGGAL,” a chronogram that can be read from the last word to the first one as 1946—the year when Solo City was first established.