The Depiction Of The Javanese Royal Family Way Of Life In The Past
Taman Sari Water Castle is an old abandoned building located at the south-west of Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat (Sultanate Palace). It was dedicated for leisure activities for the Sultan and his family. Was famous with the name “The Fragance Garden” as it has a lot of plantations like fuits and flowers in the past. Unfortunately, those garden now is removed and used as people house. This building was used only by the first ruler of Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Sultanate, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I.
The idea of this building is to maintain balance between work and rest. Since time to time, Javanese people believes that leisure activities will help our mind by lowering its temperature and refresh it. Sometimes, leisure activities are able to make inspirations come to our mind and making us ready to work again. This place has three main pools for the Sultan Family including his concubines and an undergound mosque for them to pray nearby.
It was built by Tumenggun Prawirosentiko, The Regent of Madiun as a compensation for him and his people for not being able to pay the tax. Altough later on, it was continued by Prince Notokusumo I, who later become KGPA Paku Alam I.
Taman Sari Water Castle always open at 9 o’clock in the morning. So, our driver and guide will meet you and pick you from the hotel around 8.45. It will take only 10-30 minutes by car from any hotel located at the Yogyakarta City. Around 9.00 – 9.15 you will arrive at the Castle. Our guide will help for the register.
On this location you will explore the pools used by The Sultan and his family. For your Information, in the past, our Sultan has more than one concubine. Going through the underground mosque nearby and we hope you do not forget to take a lot of memmories over there. It will need around one until one and a half hour to explore the location. You can learn about our culture and our Royal Family way of life in the past through this relics. Altough it is not used by the current Sultan anymore, we still preserve this building as it is our heritage.
Around 10.45 – 11.00 the trip will be over. You can requet more time if you still to explore this area more to our guide. Meet the driver again on the parking area and go back to the hotel. Around 11.15 – 11.30 you will arrived at the hotel and we hope that you enjoy your trip here.
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