When a traveler is browsing in Kraton, then she/he should not miss
The Water Castle or known as Tamansari, less than 1 Km west of Kraton.
Just west of the Kraton, are the ruins, pools, arches and underground
passages of the former pleasure gardens. It was built in 1758 by Sultan
Hamengkubuwono I as a rest house and pleasure park for the Royal family.
Tamansari means beautiful garden. It was badly damaged due to an
earthquake in 1867. Some parts of it, for instance “Umbul Binangun”
bathing pools have been restored.
Upon seeing the ruins of Taman
Sari, some cultural experts say that it has multi purposed functions,
1. A Rest house, in the form of water castle
with beautiful park. The air is fresh due to:
Artificial lakes and canals Bathing pools Large gardens with
several kind of varieties of trees
2. A place for sport
and entertainment Boating and swimming Deer hunting Classical
dance Bedoyo and Srimpi Gamelan music
3. A place for
4. An important palace and shelter
for the Sultan.
It was well protected. It had 2 Bastions with 12 and 6 Cannons.
Castle itself divided into two (2) complexes. They are:
Umbul Binangun - swimming pool complex It is the
swimming pool where only the Sultans women can frolic. In this complex
only woman employees serve the Sultan. Theres also a three story tower,
with Sultan private bedroom stands south of the swimming pool and The
Sultans private bath-pool is behind the tower. Somewhere in the south
part of the palace, there is a special place, believed to be Sultans
meeting place, from time to time with the Goddess of the South Sea,
Kanjeng Ratu Kidul.
2. Pulo Kenongo - Complex Pulo
Kenongo, the Palace of Kenongo Island was found in the middle of
Segaran Taman Sari. (Taman Sari artificial lake, which was connected by
water canal to the other artificial lake nearby the kraton) Kenongo is a
name of flower trees planted in the front yard, where the fragrance
spread out in the palace. Just like in a palace, there were living
rooms, bedrooms, rooms to make Batik, a hall to perform classical sacred
dance of Bedoyo and Srimpi, gates and sentry-boxes guarded strongly by
the palace soldiers.
Getting There There
are two ways to visit this place. The one is through Pasar Ngasem Bird
Market, just go inside and find an alley called KP III, turn left, walk
about 200 m, there is the Pulo Kenongo rest house complex. The other is
through Jalan Taman Sari, from Pasar Ngasem, go by becak to South
Square, around 0,5 Km turn right, there is the East-main Entrance, leads
the way to the Royal Swimming pools.
Getting Around On
To Do Sightseeing into the castles
complex and buy some souvenirs at Pasar Ngasem.
To Stay Tourist
who wants to stay in the heart of the city has many choices since there
are a lot of star and non-star hotels available.
To Eat There
are many local ‘warungs’ (food stalls) that serve local foods. You can
try one of the famous Yogyakarta local dish calledGudeg, a curry of
jackfruit, chicken and egg served with rice.
Ngasem - Bird Market, here is a market place which sells several kinds
of cute birds and pets. Traditional products and household earthenwares
are also sold here. In this area Batik Painters do not only sell their
products, but some also give instruction in this art. Art shops and
galleries of medium quality can be found allong the alleys.
No traveler is allowed to take picture of Sultan private bedroom at
Umbul Binangun - Swimming Pool Complex. * For short distances you can
take a becak (pedicab) to drive you around. * Some drivers offer you
a city-tour for almost a whole day for 10.000 Rp per person. * Dress
comfortably. Wear sneakers and a hat, the temperature in Jogjakarta is
quite high. Bring along an umbrella, in case of rain. * When visiting
Kraton or Taman Sari, avoid wearing shorts or mini-skirts. Your pants
or skirts should be long enough to cover your knees. This conveys the
message that you understand the local customs. And the locals will also
respect you more. * Bring along a camera to capture the memorable
moments. You are allowed to take pictures in this site with a minimum