Taman Sari (Water Castle), Yogyakarta Tourism Object

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Ancient Water Castle of Yogyakarta
Brief history

Pangeran Mangkubumi also known as Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, asked Demak Tegis,
a Portuegese architect and Bupati Madiun, as the foreman, to build a palace in that
fountain about 500 meters in the south of keraton to respect his wives because of their
helps during the war. The name of this palace is Taman Sari (Water Castle), with Segaran
(artificial lake) and the fragrant scent of flowers which were planted in the artificial
island surrounds the palace.

"On this Gapura Panggung, Sultan usually watched the dance down there. The buildings
in its side was the place for people to play their instruments and in the middle usually
small stage which is used by the dancers to show their versed and elegant dance," the
guide explains as entering Taman Sari. From Gapura Panggung, the guide will brings to
enter the area which was only Sultan and his family could enter, Taman Sari pools. The
sound of splash water immediately greets us. The water limpidity blends nicely with the
stout light-yellow walls. The pools is divided into three, Umbul Kawitan (pool for the
prince and the princess), Umbul Pamuncar (pool for Sultan's mistress), and Umbul
Panguras (Sultan's pool).

A stoneware which was used for Sultan wives to reflect themselves still intactly stands
when entering the tower of Sultan's private room. Ornaments which used to beautify the
stoneware give a glamour effect to all things that were placed beside the Sultan's
wardrobe. Imagine, 200 years ago there was a woman was waiting water in the stoneware
until its calm then she down her head, fixed her makeup and bun, beautify her body while
reflecting herself in the water mirror. Besides the stoneware and Sultan's private room, in
this three floored tower we can find wooden stairs which are still taken care and it will
gave effect of antique for everyone who sees it. Up to the top, the reflection of the
sunshine form the pool down there and all Taman Sari area will be clearly seen. Long
time ago from this place, Perhaps Sultan also enjoyed this view, and Taman Sari view
which was still complete with its artificial lake and the flowers fragrant.

After enjoying the view from the top of the tower, the guide will let tourists into Gapura
Agung, the arrival of Kereta Kencana which carried Sultan and his family. The gate
which is dominated by flowers and bird's wings ornament is the entrance for Sultan and
family to Taman Sari. Place for meditation which is right at the south of Taman Sari
becomes the next destination. Before going to the war, Sultan would meditate in this
place. Silent and quiet atmosphere instantly felt when enters. In this place, Sultan would
think all the posibilities to negotiate with the enemies and war strategies to make
sovereignty of Keraton Yogyakarta keep in order. This area is also to be a storage for the
weapons, armors, and purgatory place for antique keris. Its yard usually used by the
Sultan's solders to war practice.
There are many places that must be visited, such as Sumur Gumuling and Kenongo
Building surrounding Taman Sari. To reach those places, you should went through Tajug,
wind way alley that was used to connect Taman Sari with Keraton and Pulo Kenongo.
This wide underground alley is used as the place when Keraton in the critical condition.
Many hidden places can be found in this place. Leaving Tajug, you can see traces of Pulo
Kenongo which was formerly an artificial island that was planted by cananga flowers to
give fragrant into Taman Sari. Sumur Gumuling, underground mosque as the place for
Sultan and family to do their religious duty. This two-story building is designed to have a
good acoustic side. So, when the imam led the prayer, her voice would be clearly hear
from all over the length and breadth of the building. Now, it still can being felt. The
people speech who are far away from us will feel like they are on our side. Moreover, we
can go to the center of the mosque by pass through the dark alleys. Arriving in the
square-shaped with 5 steps around it in the center of the mosque, the feeling of majesty
instantly felt. When we look up, the blue sky will greet us. The sounds of bird that came
from settlements in Taman Sari area will add the serene atmosphere.

The last destination is Kenongo Building. The building which was used for Sultan to dine
with family is the highest building in Taman Sari. In this place you can watch the
enchanting golden sunset. All Taman Sari complez also can be seen from the top of
Gedung Kenongo such as, Soko Guru mosquee in the east Taman Sari and Tajug's
ventilations. Satisfied by the freshness of water in Taman Sary, the sky will greet us. The
beautiful and enchanting view is offered by Taman Sari. The Enchanting water pools
blend with walls which was blended from European, Hinduism, Java and China styled
become a value that makes Taman Sari unforgetable.

Hours Open: Monday - Sunday, 09.00 - 15.30 WIB


      Domestic Tourist: IDR 3,000
      Foreign Tourist: IDR 7,000
      Guide: (IDR 10,000 - 20,000)

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