Taman Sari (Water Castle) Royal Pool Of Yogyakarta Sultanate


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Taman Sari is historical site in Yogyakarta, which was once a bath for the king’s family. Visitors can recognize the architecture elements of the building which contains of some combination architecture styles of Hindu, Buddhist, Javanese, Islam, China, Portuguese, and Europe style and had functions as a place to rest, meditate, work, hide and defend the Sultan’s family.

HISTORY

Water Castle (Taman Sari) built during the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwono I (1755–1792), the first sultan of the Yogyakarta Sultanate, and was completed by the time of Sultan Hamengkubuwono II. To build Taman Sari, the Sultan appointed a famouse architect at that time, a Regent from Madiun named Raden Ronggo Prawirosentiko with a construction expert from the Portuguese with titled Demang Tegis.

TAMAN SARI DESCRIPTION

Taman Sari is a historical site in Yogyakarta, which was once a bath for the king’s family. The building features detailed, complicated, and typical art with Javanese culture. According to the story, Islamic Mataram kings had a special tradition. They always bathe in the pond every particular month. Each bath ritual, they were always accompanied by a string of gamelan musical instruments that was heard from a number of small buildings, located at the right and left baths.

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The construction of this Taman Sari has two main doorways, the first facing westward called Gapuro Agung, and the second facing eastward called Gapuro Panggung. Nowadays, the entrance for the visitors is through the eastern doorways called Gapuro Panggung. Entering the entrance, visitors firstly meet the bathing pond which was allowed only for Sultan and his family. When seeing the construction, visitors can recognize the architecture elements of the building which contains of some combination architecture styles of Hindu, Buddhist, Javanese, Islam, China, Portuguese, and Europe style.

In the begining, Taman Sari had 57 buildings such as bathing pool, hanging bridge, water canal, as well as artificial lake and artificial island and underwater lane that had original functions were a place to rest, to meditate, to work, to hide and to defend the Sultan’s family.  But In this present day, some of its buildings have now become homes for local residents and only the mosque, resting and bathing space, and underground tunnels are accessible by tourists.

ROYAL POOL

This area is divided into three parts called Umbul Kawitan (pond for Sultan’s daughters and sons), Umbul Pamuncar (pond for sultan’s consorts), and Umbul Panguras (pond for Sultan).  In certain day, these swimming  pools were designed for the Princesses to take a bath and for the Sultan to relax and ‘hunt’ for a wife.

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’.Usually, the ones who would catch the rose would either be the 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.

Currently the Tamansari bath pool is the main magnet for a visit to this place. The baths are also common to prewedding photo spots. Around the bathhouse there is a room that was once used as a dressing room and a 3-floors tower where the king enjoys a view.

SUMUR GEMULING (Underground Mosque)

Visitors can also explore an underground tunnel and  mosque. The tunnel was once a hideout but now is not functional as it is partially used for local residences. For this mosque rather unique. The Imam ( Prayer leader ) who led the prayer would stand on a small square which surrounded by 5 steps and the dotted windows next to it. No need to shout loudly the priest’s voice would be heard in all directions. This is true until now. Travelers who are in Sumur Gumuling can hear clearly the conversation people standing in the distance as if they were on the sid.

To reach the Gemuling Well you have to pass the exotic underground lane. Sometimes in the corner of the lane there is a group of artists who are singing with musical instruments such as violin and bass bus. This winding lengthy lane is also equipped with stairs.

WHERE IS TAMAN SARI?

Address : Taman, Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Village             : Taman

Sub-district    : Keraton

Province          : Yogyakarta

HOW TO GO TO THE LOCATION BY PRIVATE CAR:

Using Private car with driver means you are free for anything without bothering anyone else. You just do your own tour with friends or family in one car maximum of 5 people, if more than 5 people we can provide a larger car.

Private car tour is included: Car, an english speaking driver, fuel, Water Castle entrance fee, parking, mineral water and transfer back to your hotel.

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HOW TO GO TO THE LOCATION BY SHARING CAR:

Using Sharing car means, you’re joining a small group and share the transport price and seat with the other guests that going to the same direction or in one itinerary with minimum of 2 participants. An english speaking driver will pick up to your hotel and inform about your visit time for the places you visit.

Sharing car tour is included: Car, an english speaking driver, fuel, local Guide, parking and transfer back to your hotel.

** (Sharing Car Transport is recommended for budget Travellers and Students)

HOW TO GO TO THE LOCATION BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

Start From Giwangan Bus Station: Firstly you can take Trans Jogja with route ( 3B ) and stop in Pojok Beteng Wetan shelter, then please take route ( 2B ) and stop in Post office, then please take a walk or take motorcycle ( ojek ) to Taman Sari.

Start From Adisucipto Airport: Firstly you can take Trans Jogja with route ( 1A ) and stop in Vredeburg Fort shelter, then please take a walk or take motorcycle ( ojek ) to Taman Sari.

Start From Tugu Railway Station: Firstly you can take Trans Jogja with route ( 2A ) and stop in Vredeburg Fort shelter, then please take a walk or take motorcycle ( ojek ) to Taman Sari.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

OPENING HOURS

At 08.00 A.M – 02.00 P.M  (Saturday – Thursday)

At 08.00 A.M – 12.00 A.M   (Friday)

HOW MUCH IS IT?

Entrance Fee

IDR 15.000/person

PUBLIC FACILITIES

(Information Office, Official Local Guide Service, Restaurant, Wheel Chair).

FIND SOME  OTHER TOURIST PLACES  NEAR TAMAN SARI:

  1. SULTAN PALACE
  2. SONOBUDOYO MUSEUM
  3. MALIOBORO STREET
  4. BATIK MUSEUM
  5. BRIGHARJO MARKET
  6. VREDEBURG FORT
  7. BIRDS MARKET

JOGJA HOTELS:

We also provide list of the best accomodation options for travelers. Please choose the list of Hotels below.

FIND ANOTHER ACCOMODATIONS IN JOGJA

Boutique Hotel – Resort – Villa – Bed & Breakfast – Hostel – Guesthouse – Homestay

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BOOKING CONFIRMATION:

Anytime If you need transport to visit this place, you can contact me via Whatsapp (+62813 1880 6273)

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