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“Reflection of Javanese cosmogony”
Review of Kraton Yogyakarta

Kraton Yogyakarta
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Private Tour in Yogyakarta: Kraton Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Kota Gede
Volgograd, Russia
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“Reflection of Javanese cosmogony”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Felt hassled by people asking every thirty seconds where I was going and trying to make me go to certain places, not taking no for an answer and following me along streets. Ugghh!

Visited March 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Just a normal Palace”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We need to walk long distance until we reached the palace and is normal palace with some history.Every place we visit we should pay some tips.

Visited March 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Good for a visit”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

- You need to wear atleast a half sleevs shirt to get in. No sleevless or caps allowed in.
- Guide included in the entry charges.
- WEe were warned of a scam where the guide tries to sell us batik, but it didn't happen.
- Incase to are in Ingress, two portals here.

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Meeting a local man who "volunteered" to show us around”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Met a local man. He "volunteered" to show us a few more places worth to visit outside the Kraton, but nearby. And so, we visited a showroom of paintings (oil paint) by local artists. Nice works. My Dad actually bought 1. The starting price could be overwhelming but be wise in bargaining. I would suggest you to go with a local friend in terms of bargaining. Also, one of the artists, offered a free lesson to draw 'Batik' on a plain piece of white cloth, which was a good experience as kids/teens. After all, I was just wondering if he truly "volunteered" to show us around or he had some purposes, business-wise.

Visited December 2012
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