Imogiri

Attraction Yogyakarta, Indonesia Published on: 21-03-2016

30 mins
07:00 AM
07:30 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Landmark
Outdoor
Kids
Free
Temple & Monument
0.00 USD

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Imogiri (also Imagiri) is a royal graveyard complex in Yogyakarta, in south-central Java, Indonesia, as well as a modern village located near the graveyard in Bantul Regency.

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Why Imogiri is special ?

Imogiri is the official cemetery of the royal descendents from Yogyakarta and Surakarta. This cemetery located on a beautiful hill about 12 km from Yogyakarta. The royal graveyard is reachable by 345 stone steps leading to it. The tombs are built within three main courtyards. This Graveyard is the tomb of Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo, the third king of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom. All the kings of the Mataram Kingdom, from Sultan Hamengku Buwono I until Hamengku Buwono IX and their families as the Surakarta Kingdoms as well were all buried at the Imogiri Royal Cemetery. The name Imagiri is derived from Sanskrit Himagiri, which means 'mountain of snow'.


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What to explore at Imogiri?

As a yearly ritual, many visitors make their way to the cemetery, especially before the celebrations of Eid Mubarak. Many people visit Imogiri and step up on 345 stairs to reach the top of the hill where the tomb of the kings rested. People believe that visiting the Sultan's Cemetery is the traditional way for remembering their ancestors. During the Suro Month, a purified month in the Javanese Calendar, there is a ritual to pray and wash sacred weapons in the middle of the cemetery, called Ngenceh Gentong.

Since the beginning, Sultan Agung's relatives continued to be buried in the same place. Each relative is buried in the complex which is surrounded by a big white wall that has a beautifully carved classic teakwood door. It's so quiet there, so while walking on the paths you can listen to the sounds of nature blend into a unique song as the birds sing and the wind rustles the leaves in the trees.

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How to get to Imogiri?

To get to Imogiri (7000Rp, 40 minutes), you can take an angkot to Panggang and ask the conductor to let you off at the makam (graves).

Angkots and buses from Yogyakarta (4000Rp) stop at the car park, from where it is about 500m to the base of the hill and the start of the steps.

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Selling points

  • Beautiful hills and villages
  • Felt unique. Amazing experience
  • Quiet place to pray and meditation
  • Quiet and kinda sacred
  • Awesome place, very traditional Java
5 Days 4 Nights in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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5.0 days
Estimated
111.53 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Tips for you

  • Visitors are also not allowed to wear jewelry.
    What to bring
  • You are not allowed to take pictures at this cemetery.
    Photography
  • You should try local tea called "wedang uwuh", it's a tea coming from all the leaf that grow in this cemetery.
    Drink
  • Entry into the smaller courtyards housing the tombs of the princes is allowed, but the tomb can only be visited only on Monday 09.00 - 12.00 and Friday 13.00 - 16.00.
    Timming
  • You should try to reach this site early morning to avoid crowd.
    Timming
  • YOu should be aware that you should be in good shape (and drink enough) to walk those steps at very high temperature.
    Health
  • The visitors must wear the traditional Javanese dress, which however can be hired on the spot at a modest fee.
    Costume
  • You will have a chance to taste Sate Klathak ( young goat with great taste and cheap), a local food at the foothill.
    Eat

Reviews

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Total anak tangga 409. Kl jumat masuk makam jam 2 siang. Siapin tenaga, air minum n dana sukarela utk di makam biar berkah..

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MAKAM IMOGIRI ITU SEBUAH MAKAM RAJA-RAJA JAWA

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siapkan air minum banyak untuk persiapan naik tangga

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Klo mw dateng malem2jgn lupa bawa senter yak..

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Hitungan anak tangga dari bawah sampai atas pasti tiap orang beda2 hasilnya......gak percaya ? Coba buktikan sendiri......

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I visited Imogiri with an Indonesian friend two years ago and it was a spectacular experience. The place in itself is nice, but for me the uniqueness hail from the opening seremony. Each morning javanese men in traditional costumes "bless" the sacred graves with syncretic chants. Not only are their chants beautiful, but it gets you into a state of trance. Truly worth the trip, but be sure to be there for the opening or closing seremony.

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Imogiri can be visited anytime but the inner tombs are only opened on Friday, Sunday and Monday with restricted hours. I came with my tour guide and driver to Imogiri and a dalem on motorbike led us by the road up the hill to the entrance of the royal cemetery, so we don't have to sweat on the many steps up the stairs. It was a great idea since we were so tired already from climbing down Gua Langse. We entered the inner areas and my tour guide had to change into rented costume. I was already in my own dark blue surjan lurik with blangkon and seadragon kain. We were to be bare foot. After paying for donation we entered the most sacred inner tomb of Sultan Agung. It is a little hidden room with a small wooden opening. Inside the air is so still and the heat is constant with the flicking light of a single oil lamp. On the grave is scattered flower petals of rose, jasmine and Ylang. The fragrance is intoxicating. It is alright to go very close to meditate or pray. If you can speak Indonesian, you can ask for advice from the dalem.

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We rented a bike to cycle from Yogya to Imogiri, which is a 20km distance. It was an easy ride, straight road and not very busy road thanks to the Eid holiday.We were worried the place would be closed but it wasn't!After climbing the stairs (oh boy!), it was wonderful sitting on top of the stairs for a rest. Nice view of the moutains ahead and amazingly cool breeze.The cemetary itself was very small, accessed through an entrance where staff dressing in full Javaness clothes asking you to do the same before you can get in. Everyone needs to change to the Javanese batik clothes, even the locals. It's Rs10k for the clothes, which is also the unofficial entry fee. We didn't mind becuase the clothes were really pretty and it was a wonderful experience!We were told one could see the Merapi, but we walked around to the back of the cemetry and saw nothing. Maybe we didn't get it right.

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Total anak tangga 409. Kl jumat masuk makam jam 2 siang. Siapin tenaga, air minum n dana sukarela utk di makam biar berkah..

TripAdvisor View more

I visited Imogiri with an Indonesian friend two years ago and it was a spectacular experience. The place in itself is nice, but for me the uniqueness hail from the opening seremony. Each morning javanese men in traditional costumes "bless" the sacred graves with syncretic chants. Not only are their chants beautiful, but it gets you into a state of trance. Truly worth the trip, but be sure to be there for the opening or closing seremony.

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