Taman Sari water castle offers different and unique tourist attractions in Yogyakarta. With beautiful European architecture, the castle mark 260 years of its existence. Build during the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, the first king of Yogyakarta. Taman Sari stashes history of Mataram reign in every part of the building.
Taman Sari is not only a magnificent building. Each side of the area is built with perceptivity and full of philosophy. Lies in the 10-hectare area, Taman Sari dwells by 57 buildings inside. The construction of the water castle is based on the order of the first king itself.
The water castle is his resting place. Design to be his last destination when he retired after years of war. Surround by a water garden with an extensive pavilion. The meditation chamber, mosque, and excessively rooms. Taman Sari is finally used for 47 years as a residence.
Taman Sari is a heritage site of Mataram Palace located in the neighborhood of Kraton area. To get a better photo shoot, make sure to come as early as possible. Some of the spots left abandoned will be the perfect frame for photo hunter.
Water Castle Yogyakarta From Time To Time
The construction of the water castle begins in 1758 when the first King of Yogyakarta rules. The entire project complete during the reign of the next King, his son. The castle is used between 1765 to 1812. When the first King still rules and 20 years after his retirement.
Part of the water castle destroyed during the British invasion to Yogyakarta in 1812. Since the maintenance of the castle takes a lot of effort. And due to severe damage to the castle during the war. After the first King died, the water castle is left to abandon.
The rest of the water castle Taman Sari destroy in 1867 after the massive earthquake in Yogyakarta. Taman Sari first restoration works begin in 1970. The restoration has succeeded in putting the bathing pool back in a complete piece. By that time the other area of the water castle has been inhabited by the locals.
Attraction in Taman Sari
There is 4 main area in the water castle. The artificial lake in the west area, Umbul Binangun Pool on the south side of the artificial lake. Then, Pasarean Ledok Sari and Garjiwati Pool in the south of Umbul Binangun. And in the east side of the artificial lake, there is an island with a suspension bridge
The Umbul Binangun Pool is the best conserve area in the water castle. While the others and some area had been changed into the settlements of former Abdi Dalem of Keraton Yogyakarta.
Pulo in Javanese means island. The island formerly located in the middle of an artificial lake. In Pulo Kenanga there is a building called Gedhong Kenanga. Gedhong is the highest place in Taman Sari area. Gedhong Kenanga once was used for monitoring the entire Yogyakarta Palace.
There is another building in Gedhong Kenanga that once used to evacuate toward the tunnel. Even there is no artificial lake anymore. Pulo Kenanga still offers the view of Yogyakarta from the top and a beautiful sunset spot.
Next, Pulo Cemethi is a place for meditation. Located in the quietest area. Cemethi believes also as a hiding place for the royal family during the attack.
To get into Pulo Cemethi area, visitor should walk down along the underground tunnel. The locals believe that there is a secret tunnel that connects the water castle to the Indian Ocean.
The third spot is Sumur Gumuling. The area is an underground mosque. Located on the west side of Pulo Kenanga, Sumur Gumuling is different from other mosques. Guest will see a two-floor building with a circular shape form.
The praying hall for man is on the first floor. And women pray in the second floor of the mosque. Walk along in the building, there are five stairs representing 5 pillars of Islam. This room is an echo room. So the conversation made in the room will be heard by other.
Gedhong Lopak-Lopak or Gopok-Gopok, formerly this building is a tower with two floors. But now has been replaced by an eight side square garden. Gedhong Gapura Hageng is the main gate in the west area.
Today, the main gate is directed to the east side of the water castle. Visitor is not allowed to enter from this gate anymore. Gapura Hageng is a two floors building and full of ornament called Ssengkalan. From the ornament, people will know about the beginning story during the construction of the castle.
Umbul Pasiraman or Umbul Binangun
Next spot is Umbul Pasiraman or called as Umbul Binangun. This area once was a bathing pool for the Royal Keraton member. The bathing pool is an outdoor space covers by a solid high structure around it. It has three pools, called Umbul Muncar, Blumbang Kuras and Umbul Binangun.
There are two building and central tower in the bathing pool. One building is used as the King leisure place. The changing room for the daughter and King mistresses. The central tower in the pool area is also an interesting part of the building.
The tower once was used by the King to observe the daughter and his mistresses bathing. From the tower, the King will throw a flower to one of the mistresses. The chosen one will get to serve and spend the night with King.
The entrance from Gedhong Gapura Panggung in the east side has a history beneath it. The snake ornament on the east side tells a story of the completion of the water castle. The last spot is Gedhong Temanten. This is where the guard station. It is also a place where the off-duty guard rest.
Taman Sari Opening Hours
During the weekend the water castle will always pack with local tourist and student.
|Taman Sari Opening Hours|
|Monday – Sunday||09:00 am – 03:00 pm|
Taman Sari Water Castle Yogyakarta Entrance Fee
The entrance fee for a foreign visitor is 3 times higher than the local tourist. However, the entrance fee is still slightly cheap. There is an extra charge fee for a camera.
|Taman Sari Water Castle Entrance Fee|
|Children & Adult||15.000,-|
The water castle is lack of support facility. However to know more about Taman Sari. Make sure to hire a guide. In the entrance gate, the guides will try to offer a service. Most of the guide will offer as you wish price. But the average price for less than an hour tour starts from Rp25.000,- per person and negotiable.
There is a souvenirs store and handicraft seller around the area. Walk along the street in front of Taman Sari street or slip into the alley. Visitor will find home industry handicraft and small house selling shirts, batik, and souvenir around the area.
|Water Castle – Guide Range Price|
|Price per person||Rp25.000,- to Rp50.000,-|
How To Get To Taman Sari Yogyakarta
Taman Sari is easy to spot, the location is only 1.4 km from Alun-Alun of Yogyakarta. It is 15 minutes walking from the center of Yogyakarta. To get here visitor can walk from Alun-Alun Utara street passing Yogyakarta Palace.
Turn right at the T-junction suryoputran street. Walk toward and turn left at the T-junction. The sign of Taman Sari Water Castle will be easy to spot from polowijan street.
For public transportation, the guest should find Transjogja bus line 3A. The line 3A will stop at Taman Sari Shelter. Visitor might also try pedicab, ojek, or andong (horse passenger carriage) to enjoy the view and feel the atmosphere of Java along street in Yogyakarta.