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“understand Ancient Javanese”

Imogiri Kings Cemetery
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Seminyak, Indonesia
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“understand Ancient Javanese”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

Inner tombs are only open on Friday and Sunday.
try to reach this site early morning to avoid crowd - definitely have to try to use steps (do not use short cut to reach the peak by motor bike or car).
good place to mediate and understand ancient javanese history.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank poly_only
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Sandnes, Norway
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“Felt unique. Amazing experience!”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

I visited Imogiri with an Indonesian friend two years ago and it was a spectacular experience. The place in itself is nice, but for me the uniqueness hail from the opening seremony. Each morning javanese men in traditional costumes "bless" the sacred graves with syncretic chants. Not only are their chants beautiful, but it gets you into a state of trance. Truly worth the trip, but be sure to be there for the opening or closing seremony.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank akyllev
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“Javanese Spiritual Heritage”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Imogiri can be visited anytime but the inner tombs are only opened on Friday, Sunday and Monday with restricted hours. I came with my tour guide and driver to Imogiri and a dalem on motorbike led us by the road up the hill to the entrance of the royal cemetery, so we don't have to sweat on the many steps up the stairs. It was a great idea since we were so tired already from climbing down Gua Langse. We entered the inner areas and my tour guide had to change into rented costume. I was already in my own dark blue surjan lurik with blangkon and seadragon kain. We were to be bare foot. After paying for donation we entered the most sacred inner tomb of Sultan Agung. It is a little hidden room with a small wooden opening. Inside the air is so still and the heat is constant with the flicking light of a single oil lamp. On the grave is scattered flower petals of rose, jasmine and Ylang. The fragrance is intoxicating. It is alright to go very close to meditate or pray. If you can speak Indonesian, you can ask for advice from the dalem.

Visited August 2013
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Guangzhou, China
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Worth the travel”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

We rented a bike to cycle from Yogya to Imogiri, which is a 20km distance. It was an easy ride, straight road and not very busy road thanks to the Eid holiday.
We were worried the place would be closed but it wasn't!
After climbing the stairs (oh boy!), it was wonderful sitting on top of the stairs for a rest. Nice view of the moutains ahead and amazingly cool breeze.
The cemetary itself was very small, accessed through an entrance where staff dressing in full Javaness clothes asking you to do the same before you can get in. Everyone needs to change to the Javanese batik clothes, even the locals. It's Rs10k for the clothes, which is also the unofficial entry fee. We didn't mind becuase the clothes were really pretty and it was a wonderful experience!
We were told one could see the Merapi, but we walked around to the back of the cemetry and saw nothing. Maybe we didn't get it right.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Shuang Q
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Medan, Indonesia
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“not recommended for "just wanna have fun" visitors”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

actually, if u r a spiritual and love history behind this kings, this should be a great place to explore those. but for me, it just doesn't bite. and the stairs are too exhausting :(

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Devi L
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