Kaliadem Bunker in Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region
What makes Sleman Regency popular among tourists or outsiders? Well, one of the reasons is the presence of beautiful highlands, located near to Merapi Mountain. Here is an example. A nice place called Kaliadem Bunker is suitable to spend a vacation on weekends! The location is in Hargobinangun Village and it belongs to Pakem Sub-District. As the name suggests, the prime allure in that location is the presence of an old bunker. This historical building becomes a good object for photography, therefore. Plus, the environment is perfect for relaxation, sightseeing, and trekking!
The bunker resides near to the famous Kaliadem Pine Forest. It resides on 1100 meters above the sea level and it is located on the south slope of Merapi Mountain. In the past, before the great eruption of Merapi Volcano, the bunker becomes a great place for witnessing the mountain from up close. The current condition is not good, though. It is buried by rocks and soil with the depth of 4 meters. Despite the fact, the panorama and environment remain nice to enjoy photography and relaxation. Not to mention tourists are able to learn the history regarding the bunker, especially during the region of the Dutch.
Exploring Kaliadem Bunker
Kaliadem Bunker offers both historical and beautiful value to visitors. It also becomes real evidence of the fierce eruption of Merapi Volcano! No wonder, the site has many remains of volcanic rocks and ashes, which are quite visible on bunker’s walls. As for tourist activities, visitors usually come to learn history. They take advantage of a local guide and get further information regarding the bunker. It is both related to the colonial era and Merapi explosions in the past, actually.
The challenging trip becomes the next common reason for visiting Kaliadem Bunker. It is because tourists need to pass through a challenging route in order to reach the site. First, those who come with a private vehicle should park it at Kinahrejo Village. From the village, they can rent an off-road car and head to the bunker right away. This car is able to accommodate about 6 people, actually. Thus, everyone should chip in for a cheaper rental fee. As an alternative, tourists should rent a motor trail instead.
Once arrive at Kaliadem Bunker, tourists can enjoy beautiful panoramas of highlands. The view of Merapi Volcano can also be seen clearly from up there. Sightseeing and photography indeed become two major tourist activities on the site. Another common thing to do is to learn the history. It is said the bunker was once used by the Dutch during the colonial era. Well, for further information, it is recommended to hire a local guide later.
- The Lost World Castle
- Ullen Sentanu Museum
- Merapi Volcano Museum
- Tlogo Putri Kaliurang
How to Get There
For outsiders, the best way to get to Yogyakarta City is by airplane. Here is an example. A flight from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport (Jakarta City) to Adisucipto Airport (Yogyakarta City) may take about 1 hour and 10 minutes. After arriving at the airport, the next destination is Sleman Regency. The distance is 9.9 km, so the trip is likely to take around 16 minutes. As for the best route, it is Padjajaran Street. From Sleman, the next destination is Hargobinangun Village at Pakem Sub-District where Kaliadem Bunker resides. They can simply take Raya Merapi Golf and the distance is 19.2 km. This distance is 19.2 km, so the trip would take about 34 minutes, actually.
Where to Stay
- Puri Indah Inn
- K Hotel
- Taman Eden Villa