Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat (The Royal Palace) of the Yogyakarta Sultanate is located in downtown Yogyakarta at the southern end of Jl Malioboro. Karaton, Keraton or Kraton, originates from the word “ke-ratu-an” that means the place where the queen/king lives. The palace was built by the Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, the founder of the Sultanate Ngayogyakarta, and has housed the rulers since 1756. The current monarch Hamengkubuwono X still lives in the Kraton.
The layout of the Palace reflects Javanese cosmogony: the multiple courtyards and buildings are laid out around the Pendopo Pagelaran (the audience pavilion), and set along an axis that links mountain Merapi (residence of the gods) in the north to the Indian Ocean and the goddess Nyai Loro Kidul (with whom the Sultan has a special relationship) in the south. Some parts of the Kranton are open for the public. The pride of the palace is the Bangsal Kencana (Golden Pavilion), a particularly ornate “Pendopo” that symbolizes the sacred mountain Merapi. The complex’s highlights are the Bangsal Sri Manganti where dances are performed, the Danapratapa Gate a blend of both Hindu and Muslim style architecture, paintings and photographs of the royal family and the room where the ninth sultan planned his overthrow of the Dutch.
Entrance fee 12,000 IDR + 1,000 IDR extra for a photo + 10,000 IDR donations for guided tour + 3,000 IDR parking fee for your driver’s car. There is cultural performance for extra fee.
Taman Sari (Water Castle) is just few steps from Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat.
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