As the center of Javanese civilization, Yogyakarta has a lot to offer. Discover the collection of Java culture from time to time in Ullen Sentalu Museum. Reserved a seat to watch Javanese dance. And take a peek at the Javanese Royal collection.
Ullen Sentalu museum initially builds to preserve the Javanese intangible heritage. From painting, literature, a face mask to the literature of the Javanese monarch. Ullen Sentalu museum was built in 1997 on the slopes of Merapi Mountain.
Located in Boyong km 25, Pakem, West Kaliurang. Ullen Sentalu has a unique and gothic architecture. The design of the museum reflects the Javanese heritage as the main characteristic. The harmony in Javanese culture also shows in the layout and philosophy behind the building.
The fresh air and the green view are adding value. When it comes to visiting the Ullen Sentalu Museum. Make sure to explore and mingle with the guided tour. Joining the museum tour in Ullen Sentalu is worth it. Visitors will get a chance to know better, the value and history of Javanese civilization.
The Javanese Culture in Ullen Sentalu Museum
The name of Ullen Sentalu has a philosophical meaning. Ullen Sentalu is a Javanese acronym, “ULating LENcong SEjatiNE TAtaraning LUmaku”. Blencong is a lamp which is used for wayang kulit performance. Lamp symbolizes the light. So, Ullen Sentalu means the light as the guidance for the life of human being.
The building of Ullen Sentalu Museum seems like a European gothic castle. But the Javanese value still reflects dominantly. With the beautiful landscape, Ullen Sentalu unquestionably embraces an ancient collection with the natural essence.
Ullen Sentalu Museum consists of some area and buildings. The museum seems like the labyrinth with narrow and sinuous down to the hallways. The labyrinth in Ullen Sentalu museum symbolizes a life. A life that is not always going straight as plan but sometimes upside down.
The construction of the buildings relies on the contour of the hills. There are a pond and a beautiful green lush garden. And an open theatre with a magnificent stone pillar and lotus pond. There is also one underground building inside.
Ullen Sentalu Museum Attraction
The front buildings function as a living room. The guest will get full information about the museum. The statue of Dewi Sri Goddess is the favorite spot and always attract a visitor. Dewi Sri in Javanese culture is a symbol of fertility.
The Dance and Gamelan Exhibition
The exhibition displays the paintings of Javanese dance and gamelan instrument. One of the Gamelan is taken from Yogyakarta Royal Palace. The same instrument that has been used in traditional performance and dance in the palace.
Sela Giri Cave
Sela Giri cave is the only underground building in the museum. Beneath the underground, there is an old well call Gumuling Taman. It has a gothic theme just like the building architecture. The construction of the old well uses material from Mount Merapi.
In Sela Giri cave, the guest can see the paintings of the essential figures. Representing the four palaces in Mataram dynasty.
The place is inspired by Bale Kambang and the labyrinth. Kampung Kambang is built over the pond. The area is divided into 5 rooms for the exhibition.
Bilik Syair Tineke Room
The room displays a collection of poetry. Written by the Princess and the daughter of Sunan Pakubuwana XI Surakarta. GRAj Koes Sapariyam or called as Tineke.
This poetry has been kept in Surakarta Palace. The compilation of the princess’s work is written between 1939 to 1947. This finding shows literature in Java exist long enough.
Ratu Mas Royal Room
The room displays the collection of Ratu Mas. The Queen of Sunan Pakubuwana X. The collection of the Queen is her dress “dodot”. The traditional wedding dress in Java. Batik, accessories and the painting made by the Queen.
The Vorstendlanden Room is a collection of Surakarta and Yogyakarta batik. This batik is a private piece collection of Sultan Hamengkubuwono and Sunan Pakubuwana.
The motive in a batik piece is not only an art but also has a deep philosophical meaning. In the Pesisiran room, the guest will get a chance to see batik from Pekalongan. And various kinds of equipment used for making batik.
Putri Dambaan Room
The room displays the collection and biography of the princess. The daughter of Mangkunegaran VII and Queen GKR Timur. The life and culture in the palace and detail of her life from 1921 to 1951.
Retja Landa & Sasana Sekar Bawana
The corridor of Retja Landa and Sasana Sekar Bawana is located outdoor. In the corridor, the guest can see the statue of Hindu and Buddha Gods from the 8th century. Meanwhile, at the Sasana the guest can see the painting collection of Mataram King.
Ullen Sentalu Entrance Fee
The only payment accepted is cash with local currency Indonesian Rupiah. The fee includes a free tour with English speaking guide. A free Traditional herbal beverage and free parking. The English speaking tour will start every 30 minutes. Start from 08:45 am with a 1-hour duration.
|Museum Ullen Sentalu Entrance Fee|
|Children (5-16 years old)||Rp60.000,-|
Ullen Sentalu Museum Opening Hour
Ullen Sentalu Museum opens on Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Monday. The ticket counter will close 30 minutes before the museum closing time.
|Ullen Sentalu Museum Opening Hour|
|Tuesday – Friday||08:30 – 16:00 WIB|
|Saturday – Sunday||08:30 – 17:00 WIB|
|National Holiday||09:30 – 17:00|
Museum Visit Guideline
The museum does not allow a visitor to bring a backpack or travel bag. Bring a small or medium bag. During the tour, the guest is not allowed to touch, take a picture or record a video. Taking a picture is only allowed in some areas.
The guest can buy and choose various kinds of Batik pieces in the shop. A Souvenir, women bag, handmade craft, and books. The guest can also enjoy the food and beverage in the Buekenhof Restaurant & Café.
The restaurant has a unique gothic architecture with a colonial accent. Enjoy a savory European cuisine with a magnificent view of Mount Merapi.
How To Get To Ullen Sentalu Museum
Ullen Sentalu Museum located in the Kaliurang tourism area. From the center Yogyakarta, visitors can catch Transjogja Bus line 2B or 3B to North Ring Road Shelter, Kentungan. Hop into an Elf minibus to Kaliurang. Stop at Kaliurang Kindergarten and walk for 300 meters. It will be 8 minutes walk to get to Ullen Sentalu Museum from the kindergarten.
Address & Location
Ullen Sentalu Museum is located in Jalan Boyong KM 25, Kaliurang Barat district, Hargobinangun, Sleman, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55582. Phone : (0274) 895161