Water Castle (Tamansari)

Attraction Jalan Taman Sari Kraton Patangpuluhan Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55251, Indonesia Published on: 21-03-2016

1 hour
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
09:30 AM
10:30 AM
Second-time visit
0.60 - 4.50 USD

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Taman Sari or Water Castle is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate. It's located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Why Water Castle (Tamansari) is special ?

Taman Sari also known as Taman Sari Water Castle is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Built in mid 18th century, the Taman Sari had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place. Taman Sari consisted of four distinct areas: a large artificial lake with islands and pavilions located in the west, a bathing complex in the centre, a complex of pavilions and pools in the south, and a smaller lake in the east. Today only the central bathing complex is well preserved, while the other areas have been largely occupied by the Kampung Taman settlement. Since 1995 the Yogyakarta Palace Complex including Taman Sari is listed as a tentative World Heritage Site.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/

What to explore at Water Castle (Tamansari)?

The construction of this water castle has two main doorways, the first facing westward called Gapuro Agung, and the second facing eastward called Gapuro Panggung. Nowadays, the entrance for the visitors is through the eastern doorways called Gapuro Panggung. Entering the entrance, visitors firstly meet the bathing pond which was allowed only for Sultan and his family. When seeing the construction, visitors can recognize the architecture elements of the building which contains of some combination architecture styles of Hindu, Buddhist, Javanese, Islam, China, Portuguese, and Europe style. This area is divided into three parts called Umbul Kawitan (pond for Sultan’s daughters and sons), Umbul Pamuncar (pond for sultan’s consorts), and Umbul Panguras (pond for Sultan).

Besides the ponds, there is an alley that channels the complex of Tamansari and Royal Palace, and also Pulo Kenongo. There are also secret chambers along the alleys that in the past were used as a guarding place in case there was a danger threatening the Royal Palace. Going outside the alley, visitors can find the former Pulo Kenanga, an area which planted with cananga flowers that made all the area smelled nice. There is the highest building in this area called Cananga Building (Gedung Kenanga). It is the place to see the whole area of Tamansari.

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How to get to Water Castle (Tamansari)?

There are two ways to visit this place. 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.

Source: http://www.indonesia.travel/

Selling points

  • Beautiful water castle and interesting architecture
  • Unique architecture for a castle
  • Lovely historical monument
  • Beautiful building with such rich history
  • Underground mosque is interesting
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Jalan Taman Sari Kraton Patangpuluhan Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55251, Indonesia

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Tips for you

  • The visitors can also use a guide to have a complete tour in Tamansari by paying between IDR 20000 to IDR 50000. The price for the tour guide is negotiable.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • There's a lot of locals wanting to guide you to the entrance of the castle and claim very high tip, it's better to avoid these guides and say no gently.
    Things to do
  • No traveler is allowed to take picture of Sultan private bedroom at Umbul Binangun - Swimming Pool Complex.
  • You should dress comfortably and wear sneakers and a hat, the temperature in Jogjakarta is quite high. You should also bring along an umbrella, in case of rain.
    What to wear
  • You should be careful when you walk as it is very slippery with slim and mold everywhere.
  • When visiting Kraton or Taman Sari, it's better to avoid wearing shorts or mini-skirts. Your pants or skirts should be long enough to cover your knees.
  • You should try a cup of herbal tea for IDR 5000 that is welcomed by the driver.
  • Outside the castle, there are lots of stalls selling all sorts of souvenirs, price from IDR 35000 to IDR 50000, but you should bargain a bit.
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See the concubine pool and the sultan's private pool; underground torus-shaped mosque; and the lookout tower.

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nice building for date

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Banyak banget peninggalan sejarah di sini tentang sri sultan hamengkubuono 1 amp sekarang =)

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Recreation place of Sultan' family in the pass time

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sayang wktu kesana hujan, dan kesorean. suatu saat pasti kesana lagi. hee...

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Built arround 200 years ago, this caste was made for the Sultan to enjoy water games. This place is quite surprising and very refreshing!

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Interesting place to visit but do not fall for the "this is a free guided tour" line. Dispense with anyone claiming to provide you with a free guide asap - although they are useful to take a few photos of you. They are all batik salesmen and get really grumpy etc when you don't buy any. As with some other reviews, the restored bits aren't actually as interesting as the area surrounding the baths themselves. Definitely worth looking at however.

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The village area around the water castle is neat, but the castle itself is not so interesting. The pictures above tell the whole story. If you combine your trip to the castle with some exploration of the surrounding area and the underground mosque, it may be much more interesting.

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After the disappointing Kraton, I was wondering if this would be any better. Oh yeah, A LOT better. Once you walk through the gates you are transported to another world, quiet, pink, watery and so restful and peaceful. While I was there it started to drizzle, but even that could not distract the other visitors or me from the tranquility of this place. It has NOT been disnified, some of the paint is peeling, and the pools are not immaculate. This only adds to the charm. The Water Castle looks old and dignified, and I spent the better part of 90 minutes just wandering around and sitting and taking photos. Rain or shine (the sun did eventually come out) time spent here will give you a sense of serenity and peace that is certainly lacking in so much of life.

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Awesome building with sultan's private pool and another pretty cool pools.

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