Museum Ullen Sentalu is simply one name on the list of must-visit places in Yogyakarta. According to a survey of TripAdvisor users, this museum is the second best museum in Indonesia. The main purpose of this museum is to be a way of art civilization and Javanese culture. It is also supposed to be a communication bridge for all young generations in Indonesia. There are several secret facts you need to know about this museum but we will only show 5 of them.
#1 Ullen Sentalu is an acronym
Museum Ullen Sentalu has a unique name and it is still unique even for Javanese people. In fact, Ullen Sentalu is an acronym of a Javanese saying “Ulating blencong sejatine tataraning lumaku”. The meaning of that sentence is the light of blencong (lamp for playing shadow puppets) would be the directions for humans to get through this life. This museum is basically one of the destinations in the Liburan Ramadhan Yogyakarta tour package.
#2 Educating the history of Yogyakarta and Solo Empire
Do you know that Yogyakarta and Solo Empire were from one kingdom? Well, before the Mataram Kingdom split into four empires such as Kasunanan Surakarta, Kesultanan Yogyakarta, Praja Mangkunegaran, and Kadipaten Pakualaman, there was a huge civilization in human history. This museum educates visitors with those kinds of things. Also, there is a huge difference between artifacts of Solo and Yogyakarta.
#3 Initially a private museum
Before it was open for public, this museum was a private museum with private collections. Initiated by the family of Haryono, a batik family from Yogyakarta with a relation of Kesultanan Yogyakarta, this museum was finally open for the public because it has a bunch of cultural artifacts. If you want to learn more about Javanese civilization and society, this museum has a lot to offer.
#4 About a love story
There is a room dedicated for Tineke, a Dutch name of Pakubuwono XI’s daughter. She got a terrible broken-hearted because of the man she loved was not socially equal. She got a bunch of love letters and poetic solaces which now are shown in this room. You should visit this place to know the answer to that love story.
#5 Gothic and tropical architecture
The museum seems like a tropical house even though there are many pillars made of natural stones. At some point, you would see a decent gothic architecture just like a European castle. You just need to visit Museum Ullen Sentalu to witness it on your own.