Plinteng Semar Park in Wonogiri Regency, Central Java Province
Located in Wonogiri Regency, a famous park resides and awaits all tourists with its serenity. The name is Plinteng Semar Park and it is located in Giripurwo Village and it resides on the roadside. No wonder, tourists can easily find the site regardless of where they come from. For the information, the locals also call it Selopadi Park. Aside from the comfy nuance, the park offers an interesting legend for tourists to learn during the visit. In terms of name, actually, “Plinteng” means a slingshot and “Semar” is one of the characters in the Javanese Mythology.
The most noticeable feature in Plinteng Semar Park is none other than the Semar Statue that comes with a big size. In fact, tourists can see it from afar. The next important feature that tourists may find in the park is the presence of a big rock leaning on a tamarind tree. Even though it is quite leaning, the rock won’t fall! Some people even consider it a sacred rock, in fact. What is more? The park features lush trees and some gazebos for relaxation. In terms of nuance, the site looks peaceful due to the low number of visitors.
Exploring Plinteng Semar Park
It is true tourists won’t find an actual name sign of Plinteng Semar Park in that area. Instead, they may find a sign “Taman Selopadi”. The good thing is the park is located on the roadside, so it is easy to find. Also, the park resides higher than the road, so visitors need to climb the stairs in order to reach the location. The first thing that they may see in the park is none other than the giant Semar statue. Usually, visitors take some photos in front of it!
The Semar Statue indeed becomes the icon of the park. However, the site offers more than that. For example, the location is good enough to conduct relaxation and recreation. Thanks to the presence of lush shady trees and some benches. That means visitors can sit and enjoy the nuance comfortably. Not to mention they can see beautiful panoramas from the park. After all, the park resides higher than nearby landscapes.
The next thing that tourists can enjoy in Plinteng Semar Park is definitely the legend. Have no worries. Either villagers or tour guides may tell the story to visitors. It is said the park has a close relation to Magelang’s Tidar Mountain. Kiai Semar was the one who manages any creepy mystical creatures who live in Tidar Mountain! During a war, Semar used a slingshot to attack the enemies. However, he missed the target and the stone was thrown up to Wonogiri Regency. The big rock in the park is said to be the one!
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How to Get There
It is easy to get to Plinteng Semar Park. Tourists only need to reach Wonogiri Regency first. If they come from Semarang City, they need to spend about 3 hours and 25 minutes as the distance is 169 km. It can be done faster if they take Semarang – Solo Highway, though. Once they arrive at Wonogiri, their next destination is Giripurwo Village where the park resides. The distance is 20.4 km, so the trip may take about 41 minutes. As for a faster trip, it is recommended to take Wonogiri – Ngadirojo Street.
Where to Stay
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