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The Sultan's Palace of Yogyakarta

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:21 pm    Post subject: The Sultan's Palace of Yogyakarta Reply with quote

The Sultanís palace of Yogyakarta is known as Karaton, Keraton or Kraton, originates from the word ke-ratu-an that means the place where the queen/king lives. The Sultan's palace is the centre of Yogya's traditional life and despite the advance of modernity; it still emanates the spirit of refinement, which has been the hallmark of Yogya's art for centuries. This vast complex of decaying buildings was built in the 18th century, and is actually a walled city within the city with luxurious pavilions and in which the current Sultan still resides.

In general, the space arrangement of the current Sultan Palace of Yogyakarta is similar to the one of Mataram Dynasty. The center of the Palace is the so called Bangsal Kencana that is adjacent to Bangsal Prabayeksa as the place to keep sacred weapons (in this room, there is an oil lamp called Kyai Wiji that is kept lit by the Palace servants). This hall is surrounded by Kedhaton yard so that people must go through layers of the yard that seem like waves in order to reach the center.

From north part to west part of the Palace area, there are North Square, North Siti Hinggil, North Kemandhungan, Srimanganti, Kedhaton, Kemagangan, South Kemandungan, South Siti Hinggil and South Square (the yard that is protected by high walls).
In order to reach all of the places, there are nine gates (called regol) that must be passed through, namely: gerbang, pangurukan, tarub agung, brajanala, srimanganti, kamagangan, gadhung mlati, kemandhungan and gading.

The sacredness of each Palace building is indicated by the frequency and intensity of Sultan activities in the location. Sultan only visits the Square, Pagelaran, and Siti Hinggil three times a year, namely during the events of Pisowan Ageng Grebeg Maulud, Sawal and Besar and other very special, incidental events such as coronation of the Sultan and the crown prince or Pangeran Adipati Anom.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yogyakarta is located in south-central Java. It is surrounded by the province of Central Java
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The population of DIY in 2003 was approximately 3,000,000. The province
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of Yogyakarta has a total area of 3,185.80 km2. Yogyakarta has the second-smallest area of the provinces in Indonesia, after the Jakarta Capital Region
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. However it has, along with adjacent areas in Central Java, some of the highest population densities of Java.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Yogya', as it is known, is one of the most attractive and ancient historical cities in Java. It was established in 1755 when Prince Mangkubumi built the Kraton Palace, called himself Sultan and created the most powerful Javanese Kingdom since the 17th century. Today it remains a symbol of resistance to Dutch Colonial rule, as well as the centre for classical Javanese art and culture, including batik, Ramayana ballet, shadow puppetry and music.

At its heart lies the quaint Old City with the elegant Sultan's Palace at its centre, containing the Water Palace, an interesting bird market and several museums and galleries. Guarded by traditionally dressed gentlemen, the splendid interior features extravagant pavilions and courtyards. Leading away from afslanken the centre are boulevards and backstreets filled with the confusion of labyrinthine markets containing galleries, shops and numerous other craft industries - a shopper's paradise for souvenirs and Javanese art. The silver centre of Yogya, Kota Gede, has streets lined with laser hair removal silver workshops creating the well-known distinctive design and variety of silver pieces. Workshops allow the visitor the opportunity to watch traditional art in action. On every corner becaks (bicycle rickshaws) clamour for business, eventually wobbling their way down the windy streets with bargain-weary passengers inside.

With its ancient historical city, museums, cultural performances, lively atmosphere and plethora of accommodation and restaurants, as well as its proximity to two of the most impressive religious monuments in the country, it is no wonder that this splendid city is a major stop on the tourist route.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Keraton houses not only quarters for the ruling Sultan (yes, the Sultan of Yogyakarta holds the distinction as the only precolonial ruler who is still governing an Indonesian province) and his family, but also the dynastic regalia, private meditation and ceremonial chambers, a magnificent throne hall, audience and performance pavillions, a mosque, a royal garden, stables, barracks, and more.

Keraton was constructed from 1755 and continued for almost 40 years, during the long reign of Hamengkubuwono I. After he died in 1792, little else was added to the complex. Today only the innermost compound is considered Keraton proper, whereas the lanes and lesser compounds became part of the city.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With its ancient historical city, museums, cultural performances, lively atmosphere and plethora of accommodation and restaurants, as well as its proximity to two of the most impressive religious monuments in the country, it is no wonder that this splendid city is a major stop on the tourist route.
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