Palace of culture: Yogyakarta

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(photo: Pramitha Hendra)

IO – The Yogyakarta Palace, often called the Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace, is located in the heart of Jogja, or the Yogyakarta Special Region (DIY), Indonesia. It is in the exact middle of Jogja when a straight line is drawn between Mount Merapi and the South Sea: the palace is the center of both. The Palace or Kraton Jogja is the last of all the kingdoms that ever triumphed in the land of Java. When the Hindu-Buddhist kingdom ended, it continued with the first Islamic empire in Demak, then another kingdom was established: the Islamic Mataram Kingdom founded by Sultan Agung, and then the Jogja Palace, founded by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I. 

Until now, the Jogja palace still parades an amazing culture. In its development, the Yogyakarta Palace experienced many ups and downs of leadership. The most famous is the Giyanti Agreement in 1755, in which the kingdom was split in two, namely, the eastern region which is now the Surakarta Palace and the western region, called the Jogjakarta Palace. 

However, the Jogja Palace also holds a lot of history that cannot be forgotten by the Indonesian people, including its role in the struggle to win and defend Indonesian independence. Quite a lot to study and write about. The Yogyakarta Palace is very deep in a Javanese cultural heritage that can still be found around and within the palace itself. When you travel to the Yogyakarta Palace, then that is a simple description of the culture and beauty of the land of Java. All are almost represented in one such as and very riveting place. 

(photo: Pramitha Hendra)

There is still a lot to relate about a variety of arts, cultural products, a variety of traditional clothing, and the beautiful Javanese-style house in the palace. It did not stop there: the Palace of Jogja also demonstrated how accommodating the Javanese were in communicating and greeting everyone who came. Very exotic and interesting. 

The entrance ticket to the Yogyakarta Palace is very affordable: you can enjoy almost all the palace environment that stands majestically and beautifully for IDR 10,000,-. Tourists are required not to wear hats or glasses when entering the palace, it’s nothing but to respect Javanese culture. Visiting hours for Sunday and other days are limited from 07 am to 12 m. Please come to the Palace of Jogja around 9 o’clock, because there is a typical Javanese dance performance, such as Serimpi, which is performed neatly and amazingly. (Pramitha Hendra)