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Address: Jl. Taman, Kraton | Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Home of the Sultan

The Water Castle delivers a satisfying dose of history and successfully highlights the lifestyle of the Sultans of Yogyakarta since the 18th century. Be mindful of the tour guides... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The Water Castle delivers a satisfying dose of history and successfully highlights the lifestyle of the Sultans of Yogyakarta since the 18th century. Be mindful of the tour guides who force themselves onto visitors at the entrance claiming they are employees of Taman Sari. We had a very hard time getting rid of the "guide" despite telling him that we... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

water castle is small, the pools are empty and there is lack of information about the history, story of the castle. The whole place can be finished visiting within 30 minute. Could visit it If have the time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Ancient historic buildings. Yore used bath by a princess. But unfortunately now so do not wat, mossy dirty water and a lot of graffiti on the wall And to get into this place we were charged admission, so where are the endless money entrance ticket? Should be used for the treatment of this place

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Better ask a local guide to take a tour in this place. They know very well about every detail, every story. Its very big place, around 1hour is not enough. Good to know about the history and what was this place like in the past. Inside the complex there is one shop that sell a t-shirt. Its good quality and... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

There isn't a lot of water left in the Water Castle (Taman Sari), despite its name. The complex itself is quite impressive - there are a series of underground tunnels and some ruins apparently destroyed in the 1949 war of independence. The complex used to be bigger - now with houses popping up all over the site it appears disjointed... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Some people recommended to us that this place was plain and no need to be visited. However, hypnotized by the beautiful photos we found in the internet and since it is located near the Keraton, we decided to go there. Following the directions from local people and passing through the batik village are some kinds of unique experiences in which... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This is just a swimming pool used in the past by the sultanate. It is not a must visit place. It is nearby sultan palace. I recommend to skip this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We were slightly put off by some poor reviews, but still wanted to visit the underground mosque and water castle. We walked from the Kraton along colourful streets and found the art centre in the old bird market, where bands were practising for an evening performance which added to the ambience or the place with its rustic character and crumbling... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It's a series of dilapidated complexes with a dirty pool in the middle, we were there for 10 mins and and left. Only a 5 min walk from palace.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We kind of got a guide without planning to- someone coming up to us at the sultans palace saying "We should trust him" and he'd bring us to the water palace. Well we didn't get rid of him then, but we're glad he brought us because at least the way we took would have been difficult to find by ourselves.... More 

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