Yogyakarta is one of special region in Indonesia, also known as a royal city that still ruled by the monarchy. Yogyakarta located in Java Island, you can go there by train or airplane from Jakarta (the Capital City of Indonesia). It is quite distance from Jakarta, for about 550km long. It is easy to go there, you can buy the ticket through their website or local travel agency.
Yogyakarta is one of my favorite city in my country. Because it has so many tourism destinations as well as the local and traditional cuisine. One of the top historical attraction is Taman Sari Water Castle.
Located in the heart of the city, the Taman Sari Water Castle is a royal garden that has been used by the former Sultan of Yogyakarta. The location is 2km away from the Palace of Yogyakarta. Taman means park and Sari is beautiful, the name itself means a place of beautiful garden contains with flowers.
The site built in the mid of 18th century, originally used for multiple functions such as workshop, rest area, hiding place or a defense area. (source : Wikipedia)
Taman Sari has two entrance, the main entrance is located near the palace area, the second one (or back entrance) is near the traditional market called Ngasem. The entrance fee is about 15K per person (or $1 USD), it’s pretty cheap though and if you bring professional camera you will be charged as well.
If you are enthusiastic about historical, then this is the right place you want to go.
Don’t be surprised if you enter the site from the back entrance, you will see the site is surrounded by the villagers. They formed a community that occupied the site area and known for its ‘batik’ or other handicrafts hommade.
The area consists of two bathing complex, the main or the large bathing area used for the concubines. Unfortunately, when I went there it was being renovated. The second bathing complex used for the royal family.
Underneath the area, there is underwater tunnel that connected the complex area, we can access the tunnel because it is drained now.
There are so much historical stories behind this buildings, and I suggest you to take a tour guide to explain the history of the buildings. But it’s okay if you only take some photograph here.
As you can see, there will be so much spot to explore. But there will be so much visitors in the holiday season, so I suggest you to come in low season, it will be a little bit chaos there in high season.
So that’s it my story during my visit in Yogyakarta. It is an impressive place to visit.
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