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    Taman Sari Royal Water Park, Yogyakarta



    Tamansari Royal Water Park in Yogyakarta is a spectacular place to visit and a must-see on your itinerary when visiting the beautiful city. Located only a ten minute walks south-west of the Sultan’s Palace, it is steeped in history.

    Translated, Tamansari means ‘Beautiful Park’. Built in 1757 by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, the style of the building is a mixture of Javanese and Portuguese architecture. At the east gate of the park stands two dragon statues marked 1682 and this being the year according to the Javanese Calendar when Taman Sari was built.

    Taman Sari is also called Segaran – a Javanese word meaning ‘man-made’ or ‘artificial sea – and the place where the sultans went boating by passing under the suspension bridge called Kreteg Gantung which connects to the front of the palace. This water tunnel was also a means of escape should the palace be under threat of an enemy attack.

    The park sits on 10 hectares of land, and, in the grounds can be found fragrant Kenanga trees. Interestingly, one part of this place is called Pulau Kenanga. Lofty buildings and ponds were specially built and it was from here the Sultan could observe women bathing and choose his ‘lady’ for the night, or so it was said. The ponds were also used by the Sultan and his family as Royal Bathing Pools.

    The water Palace was a complex of pools and palaces built within the Sultan’s Palace. It has been hugely damaged by wars and quakes. Today it is just ruins, but some have been restored. From the outer wall you can get a good view over Yogyakarta. History behind Tamansari was about a king who wants to build a huge-large swimming pool for the girls. From the tower, he can see all of them and whenever he wants to get closer with one of them just thrown a rose for a sign.

    Wandering around this historical place is sheer pleasure and one gets the feeling of what it was actually like when first built. If Batik processing is your thing, then in the entrance grounds you will see some of the only locals allowed living there displaying their techniques of painting the cloth using cap, a small curved bowl-pen.
    Last edited by Lionna; 28-04-2016 at 17:04.

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