If you are interested in historical site of Java, Yogyakarta is one of the destinations among other regions in the island that have many Javanese heritage sites. The Province as a sultanate, is the last region to merged into Indonesia as a country at the end of occupation era. So, Taman Sari Water Castle is the site of a former royal garden of Yogyakarta Sultanate. The site is the landmark of culture and tradition of Java in Yogyakarta.

Almost all of history, products and sites is being preserved in Yogyakarta. If you want to visit this region, you will find Yogyakarta as a representation of Javanese culture in Indonesia. There are sites, crafts, festival and almost every tradition is Javanese culture which is still preserved by the Sultanate as the Governor of Yogyakarta and the leader of cultural holder.

Now, Taman Sari is Water Castle one of the tourism sites in Yogyakarta that can be visited by every tourist or local resident.  At holiday moment, this place can be packed by tourists or anyone who wants to see many attractive spots in the area. Here is some information about the place that might be used as a reference to consider visiting the place.

A Water Castle

Taman Sari Water Castle
Taman Sari, source : @yuliusadie

The place is part of Kraton area or royal palace that used to have multiple functions. It used to be a fortress which was built alikes a garden to prevent any suspicious of The Dutch Colonial. It was a meditation and praying area as there are mosque and meditation chamber. It has swimming pools for the princesses and the concubines which is still remain as the most attractive spot of Taman Sari.

Taman Sari comes from Javanese words which mean beautiful garden adorned with flowers. An old article described it as a Water Castle. Because the complex would completely immersed in water leaving the tall structure standing out by shutting the watergates. That’s why it is called Water Castle by some historical references.

The place can be divided into four areas. The first area is the artificial lake Segaran located in the west. The second area is a bathing complex in the south of the Segaran lake, called the Umbul Binangun bathing complex. The third area, now completely gone, is the Pasarean Ledok Sari and Garjitawati Pool, located in the south of the bathing complex. The fourth area is the east side of the first and second area, which extend far to the east and to the southeast complex of Magangan.

One spot called Umbul Pasiraman has a unique history behind it. Umbul Pasiraman, means place to take a bath was designed for royal member to relax. The Sultan would throw a rose from the high tower on the south of the pool and the women who caught that rose will accompany the Sultan. Usually, the ones who would catch the rose would either be the Queen or his concubines. There are three different pools which is used by each group to take a bath at Umbul Pasiraman namely Umbul Binangun, Umbul Muncar and Blumbang Kuras.

Other than the swimming pool, there is a tunnel and a mosque. The mosque is a circle building that once at the time can only be entered via underwater tunnel. This whole architectural style of the building is a combination of western and eastern style. The western style was influenced by European building as the project construction leader had travelled to the continent. The eastern style was originated by Javanese culture itself.

Today, the area around the Taman Sari Water Castle complex is occupied by a settlement called Kampung Taman with 2,700 residents. The community is known for their traditional batik and traditional painting craft traditions. Batik is one of the traditional cloth that has Javanese style motive. The remaining original part of the castle that is still well preserved is only the central bathing complex.

How To Get There

Taman Sari Water Castle is only a few blocks from Keraton and can be reached by walk for about 15 minutes from the place. So, the main spot to reach this location is The Palace of The Sultanate of Yogyakarta which is called Keraton Sultan Ngayogyakarta. You can get there from Adisutjipto International Airport by taking TransJogja public bus.

To enjoy the place, you need to pay the retribution for only Rp. 15.000. If you bring a camera, the authority will charge you for Rp. 2.000 to allow you to take a picture. If you want to know further about the history, you can hire a guide for Rp. 25.000.

Taman Sari Water Castle
One of the bathing pools in Taman Sari. Source lokasiseru.blogspot.com

It’s better to visit the place any day except on weekends or holidays. Because the place will be crowded with visitors. So that’s all the information that can be delivered to you. Hope you can use this article as a little references. You can entrust your tour to Taman Sari with tour packages provided by Yogyakarta Tours. Enjoy travel packages with the best service.