Royals in Yogyakarta

November 28, 2013
Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat. 
Kraton or Keraton is the Javanese word for royal palace. 

Before visiting Jogja I only knew that Indonesia is a republican government led by a president. I didn't know they have Sultan too.

Yogyakarta (pronounced as Jogjakarta) is a special region in Indonesia where it is ruled by Sultan. It's the only place in Indonesia with existing royal family. This palace is still functioning as the royal residence, with some parts of the palace open to the public in the morning. As the Sultan is also the governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, the kraton is also used for meetings and occasions such as royal weddings.

Royals. Weddings. Prince. Princess. Horses. Carriages. Fairy tale plots start churning in my head.

The architecture of the buildings are very authentic and Javanese. 

Unlike the elaborate palaces of the Chinese Kings or the luxurious interiors of the western royal family, this palace is more down-to-earth and simple.

Carriage for horses.

Horse cart used to carry body of the late Sultan.

Horse cart for the Sultan. Even more glamorous than Cinderella's.

This lady was our guide in the Kraton. She's a local Javanese woman, we could tell from the way she walks, speaks and moves - very soft, demure and slow. She was wearing a traditional Javanese Batik, quite different from the Batik patterns we normally see in Malaysia where people normally wear batik shirts with brighter colours and bigger patterns. 

Taman Sari / Water Castle

Taman Sari Water Castle is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It was 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. Our guide told us that the princesses would bathe here. Or, many beautiful girls would swim in the pool and the king looked upon them from the tower... and picked the ones he liked. Hhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Although this area of land still belongs to the Sultan, the locals are allowed to live here.

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