Wednesday, 19th Feb 2020, very hot morning!!
After having a gloomy day on Tuesday, we got a suuuuper hot day this morning! And with that, we can follow our itinerary as planned! ヽ( ⌒o⌒)人(⌒-⌒ )ﾉ
We were still twinning out with our hats. And yes that was the batik I bought yesterday! ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡
We had about 12 stops today, so I have to separate them into 2 parts, like yesterday. Cyn agreed with the route I proposed. Our first stop was Taman Sari Water Castle. We called grab to pick us up before 9 in the morning.
Located near the Keraton, this place was also known as the garden for the Sultan of Yogyakarta. Tamansari was originally built for multiple purposes yet now only several buildings remain. Some of its original functions were a place to rest, to meditate, to work, to hide and to defend the Sultan’s family.
Taman Sari Water Castle ꦠꦩꦤ꧀ ꦱꦫꦶ
Address: Wisata Taman Sari Jalan Tamanan, Patehan, Kecamatan Kraton, Kota Yogyakarta
Opening time: 6AM to 3PM
Entrance fee: IDR 5,000 (for local) IDR 15,000 (for international)
The most famous place in Tamansari is the bathing and resting place of the Sultan and his Princesses named Umbul Pasiraman. And there was an interesting folklore about this place. It goes like this;
The Sultan loves to go hunting during his free time and The Umbul Pasiraman was designed to appease the Sultan of that desire. To catch his ‘two-legged prey’, it is said that the Sultan would throw a rose from the high tower on the south of the pool and the Princess who caught that rose will be his ‘wife’ next queen or his concubines. There are three different pools at Umbul Pasiraman namely Umbul Binangun, Umbul Muncar and Blumbang Kuras each a different area for the daughters of Sultan and his potential wives to bathe.
Other than the Umbul Pasiraman, visitors can also explore an underground tunnel, mosque and some murals on the street. The tunnel was once a hideout but now is not functional as it is partially used for local residences. Unlike most mosques, the mosque on this premise is a unique circle shaped building, with Sumur Gumilang beneath which was a place for the Sultan to pray. You can follow the crowds to go to the hidden mosque, or you can pay extra IDR to local guides that will bring you there. (￣ε￣＠)
It was super hot and we were running late for our next stop. We checked out our Gmap, and walked down to Museum Kereta Keraton Yogyakarta, which was about 20 minutes walk from the hidden mosque we visited.
Museum Kereta Keraton Yogyakarta
Address: Jl. Rotowijayan, Kadipaten, Kecamatan Kraton, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55132
Phone No.: +62 274 373177
Opening time: 8AM to 4PM
Entrance fee: IDR 5,000 (for local)
There were quite a lot traditional horse carts (yes like those from Cinderella movie too!) inside this museum. Each cart was sacret – they follow certain rituals and ceremony every certain days of Javanese months, and they have its own function and meaning to the Keraton. Check out this gallery to see which one is your favorite! (´｡• ᵕ •｡`)
Other than the carts, there was nothing much to see. I could sense the sacredness of some of the carts and I just want to make a move as soon as possible. We spent for less than 30 minutes inside the museum, then off we went to the one and only, Keraton Yogya. (╯✧▽✧)╯
Locally known as Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or simply Keraton Jogja, is a grand complex that was meticulously planned to reflect the Javanese cosmos. This elegant complex of pavilions was constructed entirely on ancient beliefs and each feature of the complex – from the courtyards to the trees, has a special symbolic meaning related to sophisticated Javanese worldviews.
Keraton Yogyakarta Hadiningrat ꦏꦿꦠꦺꦴꦤ꧀ꦔꦪꦺꦴꦒꦾꦏꦂꦠꦲꦢꦶꦤꦶꦔꦿꦠ꧀
Address: Jl. Rotowijayan Blok No. 1, Panembahan, Kecamatan Kraton, Kota Yogyakarta
Phone No.: +62 274 373721
Opening time: 8:30AM to 1:30PM
Entrance fee: IDR 10,000 (for local)
Keraton Yogyakarta is a Sultan Palace was founded in 1756 by Prince Mangkubumi (Hamengkubuwono I) as a center of the Kingdom Ngayogyakarta. The palace was built on swamp ground called Bannerman Pachetokan and later developed into pesangrahan Ayogya. Kraton or Keraton means the palace where the queen and the king reside. The palace was built according to Javanese Philosophy and is shrouded by mysticism. The spatial arrangement of the palace, including the cityscape of the old city of Yogyakarta, including its architecture, direction of buildings, and objects all belongs to the mythological value and belief system of the Javanese.
By the end of our exploration inside Keraton, it was started to drizzling! We called grab and headed for our lunch at The House of Raminten. This highly recommended restaurant offers not only superb local food and best vernacular architecture, but as well as souvenirs shop and cool pre-wedding photoshot at Raminten Photography. (๑˘︶˘๑)
The House of Raminten
Address: Jl. Faridan M Noto No.7, Kotabaru, Kec. Gondokusuman, Kota Yogyakarta
Phone No.: +62 274 547315
Opening time: 24 hours
Luckily the rain stopped right after we finished our lunch. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ
We skipped Tugu Yogya from here, because there wasn’t much to see other than the tugu we passed by many times, itself. We called grab and headed to: Saint Fransicus Xaverius Church – a street vendor (for me bought a post card) – Post Office of Yogyakarta – then crossed the street to Jogja 0 km. Let’s go to the Part-2! ヽ(*・ω・)ﾉ