Taman Sari Watercastle (2) Yogyakarta # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Today, I went to Taman Sari Watercastle, as assistant for my brother’s job, pre-wedding photoshoot. Usually, we can use the place early than opening time, but this time, the staff said because the change of management, they open from 09:00 and no less. So when we got there, it’s 07:00, they didn’t open yet. Even the Sumur part also didn’t open yet. So we went to the ruin part, which open from 06:00.

This is my 2nd time go here, and this ruin part is my first time entering here. When I came here for the first time, I didn’t entering the place, only waiting in front of gate.

Then at 09:00, we went to the Sumur part.

We didn’t entering the watercastle because the limited time. We tought that we can entering Taman Sari before opening time. So we decided to move for the next scene.

De Mata Trick Eye Museum at XT Square Yogyakarta # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

After eating lunch at Indische Koffie, we went to De Mata Trick Eye Museum at XT Square. XT Square located at Jl Veteran RT 016/05.

You can see 3D painting in here and take picture, looks like you are inside the picture. But becareful with you angle and lighting.

The staff will guide you with every picture, but I think it’s better if you take the picture using your own skill. Because not every picture which the staff take is good.

This is one of the picture. Most the picture that we take there’s us inside, so I’m afraid, my friends will scold me if I put the picture in here. Let me ask for permissions first.. 🙂

Parang Tritis Beach Yogyakarta # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Parang Tritis Beach, located at Bantul, and very famous for tourists. When it’s holiday, many people come to this beach for refreshing.

Hash :: Mount Api Purba Nglanggeran Gunung Kidul # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Mount Api Purba Nglanggeran located at Baturagung, northside of Gunung Kidul, with height 200-700 mdpl. For the exact location, it located at Nglaggeran Village, Patuk (22km from Wonosari City), outside of Yogyakarta City. It tooks approx 1 hour to go there from Yogyakarta City. The mountain is beautiful becuase It was formed like a giant stone.

The map how to go there

Just go there with direction to Wonosari City, until you found Piyungan Market. Then after you pass intersection which has Police Station in the corner of the intersection, just straight until approximately 1km, then there’s a fork, turn left then turn left again (don’t turn right of you will back to the main road). The road is smaller than the main road. Then just follow the road, untul you found another fork, then turn left again. In the next fork, you already in the Nglaggeran Village Area. Our hash car park field located by turn right (See “P”), and the mountain located by turn left.

The litology of this area compiled by old volcanic material and landscape, has a very beautiful and unique geology and high scientific value. From various source of research and references, Mount Nglanggeran is an ancient volcanoes.

Credit: http://www.yogyes.com/id/yogyakarta-tourism-object/nature-and-outdoor/gunung-nglanggeran/

This time, Yogyakarta hash organization celebrate their birthday at MountApi Purba Nglanggeran. We parked our car at Soccer field. This place is runsite, which means we start our running / walk from here, and ended in here too.

The view on field in the morning. The sun shines so bright.

Then we started to walk. Me and my friend, choose short path. This is the view while we walk.

The view for Hash Short Path.
The view for Hash Short Path.

There’s an Embong Fruit Garden in there. Short path for hash, ended in that Embong. We can using our car to reach there, but some people walk to get there.

The start point to go to the Embong & Fruit Garde
This is the view while we go to the Embong

Actually, after we walk till the path to the Embong, my friend said that she tired. So we back to the car field, and then she said that we go to the Embong using car. So here we are, using car while some others walking. XD

The Fruit Garden was just inaugurated, so the fruit hasn’t available yet. We only roaming surround the Embong. Embong is like a small lake. The view is amazing.

The inaugurated Stone
Mount Api Purba Nglaggeran
The view from Embong

Indrayanti Beach, Gunung Kidul # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

It took approximately 30 to 50 minutes from Baron beach to Indrayanti Beach. Indrayanti Beach located in the east coast of Sundak Beach.

I think the beach is a little different from the other beach in there. The water is more clear, and we can swim in there. No much rocks. In the beachside, there’s a row of restaurant and cafe. We can watch the scenery while eating.

The sun shines brightly, and it’s really hot. The beach side is clean, which make us comfortable to walk along the seaside.

No ticket entrance to this beach, but if you want to sit down in one of the gazebo, you have to buy food. And if you rent a car, you have to pay for the car parking fee.

Baron Beach, Gunung Kidul # Special Region of Yogyakarta ~ Indonesia

Baron Beach, is one of the beautiful beach in Indonesia. With its scene and seafood, attracting many tourism to visit. Even this beach is not for swim, because the big wave and so many rocks. But it’s still beautiful. Actually, Baron Beach is a bay, which located between two hill on the right and left.

Ticket entrance: IDR 5000 (not include car park fee).

This beach is unique, because has a meeting between plain water and the sea. The plain water is from a river that disembogue at one corner of Baron beach. There’s a small pool in the corner which can be used to swim, and then there’s a small river which flow from the small pool to the sea. The flow was so strong, you have to be carefull, especially for children, because sometimes it will be deep and you don’t know that in a blink you already arrive at the sea.

The beach is also been used as a dork by the fisherman. That’s why There is a fish market, which you can choose your own seafood, and ask for the villagers to cook it. The seafood is fresh, and delicious.

How to go here? This beach located 65km from Yogyakarta. You can go here by rent a car. It is located in Kemadang Village, Tanjungsari sub-district, or approximately 20km in the south of Wonosari City.

You can climb the hill on the left, which there’s a path that make it easier. Just pay for IDR 1.000, and you can see the beautiful sea from uphill. Don’t forget to use sunblock, or you will get sunburn.

Sermo Reservoir (2), Kulon Progo # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Waduk Sermo or in English is reservoir, located in Kulon Progo Regency (Kabupaten). It is located between two hills, and full of trees because of preserve and forest suround it. The weather is nice, and cool. There’s a road suround the reservoir which make those who visit easy to take a tour.

Waduk Sermo inaugurated on 20 nopember 1996.

– http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waduk_Sermo
– http://kotajogja.com/wisata/index/Waduk-Sermo

Taman Sari Water Castle Yogyakarta # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

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. 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,
– 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.

Yogyakarta Palace Complex including Taman Sari Watercastle has been listed to World Heritage Site since 1995.

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taman_Sari_(Yogyakarta))

This is my first time went to this place, even I have been stayed in Yogyakarta for 5 years. This place is amazing, I have never thought that there’s this kind of place in Indonesia. It’s a pity that when we arrived there, it’s raining. So, we can’t explore too much because of rain. And also, it’s hard to take picture while raining. But I took some.

I visit the Bathing Complex and Gumuling Well (Sumur gumuling).

The Bathing Complex is currently the most popular tourist attraction.

Gumuling Well was another one-storeyed circular structure that forms another artificial island. When we went there, we have to passed the underground tunnel. Gumuling Well was used as a Mosque. It is located in the west side.

Yogyakarta Fortress Museum # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Yogyakarta Fortress Museum, or known as Vredeburg Fortress Museum or Museum Benteng Vredeburg for Indonesian people, located in front of Gedung Agung and the Sultan Palace Kraton. The original name Rustenburg became Vredeburg. The building served the Dutch colonial administration for various purposes. This square-shaped fortress has a watchtower at each of its four corners.

for further information, visit this url: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogyakarta_Fortress_Museum

I didn’t have a change to entering this building, because when I got there, it’s Monday. And they close on Monday. If you want to go there, from Jalan Malioboro, walk straight to Palace direction, 50m before the intersection, the museum is on the left.

There’s a cafe inside the museum, name Verdeburg Cafe. I want to try the cafe actually, but still there’s no chance until now.

Address: Jl. Jend. A. Yani No 6, Yogyakarta 55224, Indonesia
Phone: (62)-274-586934 / (62)-274-510996

Open: Tuesday – Friday (08:00 – 16:00), Saturday & Sunday (08:00 – 17:00)

Ticket: Rp 2.000,- (for adult), Rp 1.000,- (for children)

Keraton Ngayogyakarta # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Keraton Ngayogyakarta is a palace of Sultan. Sultan, was an Arabic Language, means King. Altough nowadays Keraton Ngayogyakarta is a part of Republic Indonesia, but Sultan and his family still stay inside Keraton along with its tradition. Keraton Ngayogyakarta is one of the attraction place when you went to Yogyakarta. Some part of Keraton, is become a museum to keep things belongs of Sultan, including gifts from Europe kingdom. Keraton Ngayogyakarta also has the best architecture of Java palace.

PS: I’m not good in history. So I won’t talk about the history too much.

Keraton Ngayogyakarta located near Malioboro street  (the famous street in Yogyakarta). You can walk from Malioboro street. Or if you go by car or tricycle or horsecar, you can ask the driver to bring you to Keraton Ngayogyakarta. Don’t worry, a lot of people in Yogyakarta can speak English.

Keraton Ngayogyakarta open from 09:00 ’till 14:00. You have to buy ticket to enter the Keraton. For domestic tourists, it cost IDR 5.000. For International tourists, it cost IDR 12.500. And if you bring any camera, you have to buy ticket for camera. I forget how it costs, but as I remember, it costs IDR 1.000/camera.

Keraton Ngayogyakarta is really large, so it’s better if you ask for local guide (you can ask when you buy ticket). And it won’t took too long time inside if you use guide and you won’t lost track.

– http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keraton_Ngayogyakarta_Hadiningrat
– http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan