The Taman Sari Water Palace is the site of the royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta and dates back to the mid 18th century. A place to rest, work, meditate, hide and defend the Sultanate and his family from the yesteryears, most of the buildings are now used by local residents as accommodation or commercial space. Visit this royal palace during your trip to Yogyakarta to hear tales of the past from the locals – tales from back in the days when the Taman Sari belonged to the royalties of Yogyakarta.
How to get to The Taman Sari Water Palace
Undoubtedly one of the most popular places to see in Yogyakarta, you can easily reach the Taman Sari Water Palace by either booking a taxi or asking your local travel guide to accompany you on the short walk to the palace from Kraton. Once there you can either walk around and explore the grounds on your own or ask your tour guide from Locaguide for a guided tour of the place if you are keen to know the history behind the palace.
The Taman Sari Water Palace shows a unique infusion of eastern and western concepts of architecture. The unique garden of the Royals has a mosque, a fort, a meditation space, and a man-made lake with artificial islands in the middle. A series of underground tunnels connect the structures on these islands. Each feature of the Taman Sari Water Palace was built keeping in mind a particular ritual and had its own unique use during the Sultanates rule. Ask your guide to help you with the local names of each area but also their use, as well as the stories the locals believe to be true of the palace.
If history and architecture excite you, then be sure to soak in Indonesia’s royal past and include a day long trip to the perfumed gardens of Taman Sari Water Palace during your Yogyakarta tour.0