Tantalizing Taman Sari (Water Castle), Yogyakarta

Written By Caesar Soes on Monday, August 31, 2009 | Monday, August 31, 2009

When a traveler is browsing in Kraton, then she/he should not miss The Water Castle or known as Tamansari, less than 1 Km west of Kraton. Just west of the Kraton, are the ruins, pools, arches and underground passages of the former pleasure gardens. It was built in 1758 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I as a rest house and pleasure park for the Royal family. Tamansari means beautiful garden. It was badly damaged due to an earthquake in 1867. Some parts of it, for instance "Umbul Binangun" bathing pools have been restored.

Upon seeing the ruins of Taman Sari, some cultural experts say that it has multi purposed functions, such as:
1. A Rest house, in the form of water castle with beautiful park. The air is fresh due to:
  • Artificial lakes and canals
  • Bathing pools
  • Large gardens with several kind of varieties of trees
2. A place for sport and entertainment
  • Boating and swimming
  • Deer hunting
  • Classical dance Bedoyo and Srimpi
  • Gamelan music
3. A place for meditation

4. An important palace and shelter for the Sultan. It was well protected. It had 2 Bastionswith 12 and 6 Cannon.


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