Located in the city of Yogyakarta, Taman Sari Water Castle is an ancient architecture and one of the historical building of Sultan Palace. This is a site of former royal garden for the sultan of Yogyakarta and his family to rest, meditate, bath and even to hide from the enemies. Today, the main attraction is the bathing complex in the centre which resembles the romance bathtub.
This gate open to 2 octagonal courtyard which connects you to the main attraction – The Bathing Complex!
THE BATHING COMPLEX
Dadang, we now reached the courtyard and the bathing area. This indeed looks really like a water castle.🏛🏛🏛
This makes us feel that we are the King entering the water castle too!!! Imagine the royal families enjoying in this bathing place… actually it seems pretty cool having a private swimming pool!🏊🏻🏊🏻🏊🏻
There is also a story that goes “long long time ago, the concubines would bathe in these pools while waiting for the Sultan to choose one of them. He would throw a flower into the pool and whoever that manage to catch the flower would spend one night with them”
Taman sari means “A beautiful garden”. The bathing is indeed quite attracting! The shimmering water seems like it is calling you to go in (especially the weather is so hot)!!😄😄😄 If only we can soak and relax in the water…
Then, we heard
Paddle Pop, Wow!
Paddle Pop, Yeah!
Super Duper Yummy!
This song is super effective sia! Machaim like brainwash us! As soon as we heard the song, we walked forward to the ice cream cart.🤗🤗🤗
Yummy yummy!!! The ice cream is super yummy especially eating during such a hot weather! They probably knew visiting the bathing complex will have the feeling to get cooled down!!😍😍😍
As we explore on, there were some little shops (selling batik, paintings and clothes) and people’s home in the small alley. This is because during the colonial era, it was difficult for Abdi Dalem to find a place to live. They sought the sultan’s protection and permission to live in this area and the Dutch were not allowed to enter.
We do not know if this is the right exit but we exited through this brick gate after walking through the streets of shops and homes.
Personally, I think this is a straightforward place that can be finished in 30 mins. It is more like a museum to understand the old days of the royal families activities. Kekeke… to me, this is The Roman Bath in Yogjakarta or maybe in Asia
Entrance Fee -IDR 15,000 per person