It was on the last day of our trip in Jogja. Ory’s aunt asked us to visit Taman Sari water castle before we went back to Jember. She said that we cannot leave Jogja without visiting Taman Sari. Besides it was near from her house. Around at noon, my friends, Ory’s aunt and her son, and I arrived at the castle.
Taman Sari was built in 18 centuries under reign of Hamengkubuwono I. It used to be the royal garden for the sultanate to take a rest, meditate, defence or even to hide from the enemies. It also had function to accommodate Sultan’s concubines. On the entrance there was Gedhong Gapuro Panggung which actually was not the original entrance gate of Taman Sari. In the past, it used to be the rear gate of Taman Sari. Then we continued our steps to Gedhong Sekawan, an octagonal courtyard with four small pavilions where the concubines used to spent their time to take a rest. The pavilions was ever used as the perfoming stages for the musicians. Walking out of Gedhong Sekawan, we arrived the bathing complex or Umbul Pasiraman. I looked around. There were two big pools surrounded with big vases. The tall fence covert the pool area with only can be accessed via two gates only, as if it’s a secret place. “This is the bathing complex.” said Ory’s aunt, began explaining. “Long time ago in these pools, the concubines would bathe while waiting for Sultan to choose one of them. The way he choose concubine was unique. He would throw a flower to the pool, then whoever got the flower, she would spend one night with him.” said Ory’s aunt, as if she answered the question on my mind. I turned my sight to the east, there was a tower facing the pools where Sultan used to watch his concubines bathing or swimming. And I found out later that behind the tower actually there’s one pool more that belongs to Sultan. However we didn’t visit there. We continued our step to the west, crossed the pools through the footpath in the middle led to Gedhong Lopak Lopak, a large octagonal courtyard, and Gedhong Gapura Hageng, the original entrance gate of Taman Sari.
ornaments at Gedhong Gapura Panggung
Heading to south, we found Gedhong Madaran and Gedhong Ledoksari. Gedhong Madaran used to have function as the kitchen of the castle. It’s divided into two area, clean kitchen where the servants used to set the foods and dirty kitchen where the servants used to cook in the big stove. In front of Gedhong Madaran there were an old well that there were a lot of coins inside. Some people believe if you throw your coin into the well, your bad luck will disappear. Walking farther, we arrived at Gedhong Ledoksari where Sultan used to stay overnight. We didn’t take a look inside the Sultan’s room because it was dark and somehow we felt mystic energy. lol
The time showed at 12.30 pm. We had to leave Taman Sari soon because according to our bus schedule, we must be ready at terminal Jogja at 2 pm. After that we went to exit. We passed Kampoeng Batik. Along the way Kampoeng Batik there were a lot of batik pattern on the wall. The purpose is to introduce Batik to the tourists. Once I met a little Indonesian-German baby and his German father. The baby’s so cute and surprisingly his father were able to speak Javanese fluently. More than I do. Wow! Anyway, Kampung Batik itself actually belongs to Taman Sari area. In the future the settlements, include Kampung Batik, must be willing to be moved from Taman Sari area for cultural preservation.
pick-a-boo! Found an Indonesian-German baby. Cute!
Even we didn’t explore all Taman Sari area such as underground mosque, rooms for Sultan’s grave, etc, but I really enjoyed it! I do recommend you to make Taman Sari as travel destination if you are going to Jogja. Okay, have a nice weekend guys and Sampai Jumpa! 😀
P.S. : Ory’s uncle and aunt is true. Taman Sari is worth to visit!