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Nestled in the center of the city of Solo lies a market unlike any other; a market possessing the ability to transport you through time, pulling you tens, or even hundreds of years into the past. This is the Triwindu Antique Market: the center of excitement for lovers and collectors of antiques. Also known as Windujenar Market, Triwindu Antique Market is located on Jalan Diponegoro, not far from the Mangkunegaran Palace in Solo, Central Java.Upon entering the market complex, you will be greeted by a pair of statues – a man and a woman sitting in the cross-legged position. Solely dedicated to the sale of antiques, the atmosphere in Triwindu differs from other markets. The building itself, wherein the market is situated, is a two-story, wooden structure that has stood since 1945, adding to the “antique” feel of the building.
Strolling across the numerous aisles, you will be treated to various forms of antiques from different times in the past. The artifacts housed within these walls vary greatly in shape, history and cultural background, yet all display an element of high artistic value and admirable craftsmanship. Antiques found in the market can be made of gold, silver, copper, wood, ceramics, paper or cloth.
The variety of antiques available for sale also differ from one another in manner of usage. The first floor contains mostly smaller items. Accessories are just a small portion of the ancient artifacts on display, and include necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and hair accessories. Decorational pieces are also on this floor, ranging from table center pieces to wall displays and ancient paintings. A collection of rare books, antique batik cloth, and ancient money and coins are also among the vast display of items Triwindu proudly holds. Random obsolete household items can also be found here, such as gramophones from Europe, antique kitchen and dining utensils, shoes, handbags, and other various items that were once part of everyday life.
The second floor is home to larger items ranging from automotive tools, no longer in existence, to old fashioned bicycles. Antique cabinets, beds, tables, chairs and other furniture items also line the aisles of the second floor.
An interestingly unique feature of Triwindu Antique Market is that the barter system is still in place as a valid means of transaction. Here you can bring your own antique items to exchange for a different piece that you admire. Items housed within this market range in price from just a few hundred thousand to tens of millions of rupiah. The value of an item varies depending on age, history and condition of the item. Although some items date back hundreds of years, most are in good condition and many are still functioning. Triwindu Antique Market is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4p.m.
Although Triwindu specializes in the sale of antiques, there are also fakes in the market, so be cautious when making a purchase.
Bargaining is acceptable and common in the market in order to get the best price.
The Adisumarmo International Airport is located 14 kilometers north of Solo city. The airport is internationally connected to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and domestic flights are available from Jakarta, Pangkalanbun, and Pontianak.
If you prefer travel over land, there is also a Jakarta-Solo route by train. The journey takes between 11-12 hours before arrival at Solo Balapan Station. There are also Jakarta-Solo routes by bus.
Once in Solo, the market is located on Diponegoro Road, within the city center. You can get there by public transport, private car or hired car.