Water Castle, Yogyakarta
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Water Castle, Yogyakarta - Address, Ticket Price
Address: Jl. Taman, Kraton, Yogyakarta 55133, Indonesia
Ticket Price: 7000 IDR
Timings: 08:00 am - 02:00 pm Details
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Taman Sari also known as Tamansari Water Castle is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta built by portugese's invisible hand in 18th century. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton Yogyakarta. The Taman Sari had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place.
It has a big pool inside and high tower at the north and south. Arch windows set on the wall of the tower. There are 2 big teakwood doors, at the west and east, both exits to Tamansari Kampong. In the past, the bath building is surrounded by beautiful wide scale park, being a favorite place for royal family to get a walk in morning and evening. Actually, the bath is one of the buildings on the complex; you also find a retreat place for Sultan and royal family near the water castle.
In the north of water castle, there are several buildings: Pulau Cemeti (Cemeti Island), Sumur Gumuling (Gumuling Well) and tens of secret tunnels. You can see Pulau Cemeti if you walk to the south of Pasar Ngasem (Ngasem Market). By stepped chairs, you can see landscape of the city at the top of the building. It used to scout enemy. Sumur Gumuling is a circular building, it has circular chair inside, like a well. It has 6 arch voids. The yellow sunlight comes to the open skylight; it's beautiful in the morning. Historian says, Sumur Gumuling also used to be a mosque, but identified by scientist, it also been a big water catchment well to protect the complex from flood.
The remaining mysteries are tens of secret tunnels, the point of the tunnel find near Sumur Gumuling, it has no end journey inside. People say some men tried to solve the mystery several years ago, but they have disappeared after enter the tunnel. In the past, the tunnel used to escape by royal family, to the south. At the surface, the Tamansari looks like a wide park, but in the lower ground looks like a strong underground fortress with complex circulation. Tamansari was built in the Sultan Hamengku Buwono I era by Raden Ronggo Prawirosentiko, the regent of Madiun Regency as the architect and Demang Tegis, a Portuguese man as the constructor. So, probably this Portuguese man gave his touch to the design.
The Tamansari Water Castle is stunning to look at. In order to see this famed beauty, you will have to book tickets for Tamansari Water Castle. They are easily available for you with our guided tours section. Tamansari Water Castle ticket prices are difficult to procure otherwise as you can find huge crowds. With our tours, you will not only get tickets for Tamansari Water Castle, but also a guide to tell you about the place better. Tamansari Water Castle Tickets is your gateway to know the city of Yogyakarta in Indonesia better.
Water Castle Ticket Prices
- The ticket price for locals is IDR 3000.
- The guides have a negotiable fee from IDR 10000 to IDR 20000.
- Camera charge is IDR 1000.
How To reach Water Castle by Public Transport
- Hired taxi, Motorbike or Bus.
Restaurants Near Water Castle
- Warkop Semesta
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