Attraction Jl. Kadipaten Lor Kraton Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55132 Indonesia Published on: 21-03-2016
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Why Sumur Gumuling is special ?
Sumur Gumuling is a tourism object that becomes part of Tamansari Tourism complex in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. Sumur Gumuling or Gumuling Well is a round building that having some chambers inside the building, that was functioned as a mosque at the time of Yogyakarta Palace. The word Gemuling is Java language means, rolling in circular. Literally, this building is having a circular design and and there was a Sumur or Well at the center of the building. As a Mosque, Sumur Gumuling has rich in philosophy; It has only one gate before passing some complicated interior design at the inside. This single gate indicating that human being are created from a soil and will back into the same form. At the top of the building, there are 5 stairs that symbolize 5 principals in Islam. The four stairs are connect into other small chamber at the center of the building, while the other stair is connects to second floor above.
What to explore at Sumur Gumuling?
At early time, Sumur Gumuling had two gates. Both were the edge of the tunnel that lead to the well. These days the west gate is just a remnant, and the tunnel had fallen, so that it is impossible to go through. While the east gate is still in a good condition and everybody can pass through it.
Today, this historical building becomes one of the popular tourism objects that always been visited in Yogyakarta. Furthermore, this building is also frequently used for photography and movie making. Once when you exit, as well as in you were came in, you should through a dark alley. It is actually a long hallway, but it is not allowed to be traced. The guard said that it believes that the hallway is lead into the south sea of Parangtritis. For those who are trying to keep on trace will not be save alive.
How to get to Sumur Gumuling?
Sumur Gumuling is a tourism object that becomes part of Tamansari Tourism complex in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.
There are two ways to reach Tamansari. The one is through Pasar Ngasem Bird Market, just go inside and find an alley called KP III, turn left, walk about 200 m, there is the Pulo Kenongo rest house complex. The other is through Jalan Taman Sari, from Pasar Ngasem, go by becak to South Square, around 0,5 Km turn right, there is the East-main Entrance, leads the way to the Royal Swimming pools.
- Interesting underground mosque
- Tricky to find but worth a visit
- A great place to escape the heat
- Unique heritage building
- Different type of mosque being underground
Jl. Kadipaten Lor Kraton Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55132 Indonesia
Tips for you
The acoustics are amazing and the 5 stair cases and windows make for cool pictures. It's definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. It's pretty hard to find though. Many of the people you ask are more interested in guiding you for a fee than helping you. Persistence pays off. Apparently, there are free concerts here on Saturdays.
I wasnt really impressed with this one.. When I was walking down to the underground I expected something a bit better than just going round in a circle and it was done... Nothing really to see.
The underground mosque is a network of (empty) tunnels and rooms, including 5 staircases which interlaced. It is part of Taman Sari.If you stand at the correct place in the tunnel, you can very good acoustic, try clapping and the sound travels far, interesting!This place is not easy to find, best to have a guide when visiting the Taman Sari to bring you around.
This is a mosque like no other. Apparently it used to open up to the lake that used to be there but is now filled with houses. It is nice and cool in the heat of the day and well worth a visit... we don't think you'll find another one like this elsewhere.