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“Good site, but need lots of maintenance”
Review of Keraton Kasepuhan

Keraton Kasepuhan
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Cirebon
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Good site, but need lots of maintenance”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Keraton Kasepuhan or Kasepuhan Palace is one of few Keraton in Cirebon, and the largest one here. The Sultan/King still lives in the area. Its a great site, but from the first step you enter the Keraton, you can see signs of neglect everywhere, from walls to grass.
The Keraton itself consist of a few main area, main palace, chariot museum, ancient stuff museum, gallery, and old sacred wells, and other area.
Main Palace is a nice area to visit, it is where the Sultan receive his guest. the wall decoration is quite an art. At chariot museum you can see an ancient royal chariot used by the Sultan, make sure you hear the explanation from the guide, quite a great technology despite its age, don't forget to see Prabu Siliwangi painting here too, it's a must see.
Overall it's a nice site to visit, to see how Indian, Chinese, and Javanese culture blend. Hopefully the local goverment pay more attention to the maintenance of the place.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“It's a must visit place but don't expect too much”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

I had wished that the Keraton had been more well-maintained; it's a pity that the government does not provide funding for this heritage place (it's self financed by the Sultan).

Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Totofore
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jakarta
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Small But Graceful”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Very nice Keraton, or palace, but also very small to be called a palace. The evidence of being neglected is too obvious, but this small palace is a charm. You can see the mix of Javanese, Chinese, Arabic, and European culture here. The brick gate is impressive, and the painting of the Pajajaran king "Prabu Siliwangi" which eyes seem to follow you everywhere is a bit eerie but cool to see.

Visited June 2012
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Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Should be preserved!”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Good to visit to see the culture, however, it's very clear that the Palace is short of fund. Gov't need to look into preserving this Cultural spot!

Visited November 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“(Not as) Good old Palace”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

We came in the early morning when no body there, except the tourist guides. We found only the sadness seem that no body care with this Place. It's unorganized tourism spot, lack of information, dirty, and so many beggers inside the museum. It's really annoying why should we be interfered by such things. As local citizen, we suggest the management and goverment to threat the palace as it should be that is as Precious Heritage of Cirebon History, not as a place to gain the extra income by several person. Last but not least, it is worthed to visit but prepare yourself for the inconveniences and make sure to ask for a guide if you who want to understand the history inside.

Visited August 2012
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