Getting confused about what things to do in Jogja? Wandering around without knowing where to go in Jogja? Well, you should try to visit Taman Sari. Visiting Jogja without going to this place is such a waste. Jogja has been known for its attractive nature and cultural destination. Taman Sari is known for its history and its unique appeal of the building.
Basically, you can call Taman Sari a ‘water-fortress’ since there is a place in Taman Sari which is used to bathe for the princesses. Although Taman Sari consists of a different area with different function, it has been known as the water castle because people know it as the place for the princesses to bathe. There is a unique story behind its famous name of a water castle. The bathing place is originally built to please the Sultan desire since he likes to hunt in his spare time. It is said that the Sultan ‘hunts’ for a wife by throwing a rose from the high tower located in the south of the pool. The Princess who is able to catch the rose will be either his wife or his concubine.
Taman Sari is originally built for several purposes. Some of its purposes were to rest, to work, to meditate, and to hide and protect the Sultan’s family. Besides the pool, there is an underground tunnel which visitors can visit. The tunnel was originally built as an escape route should the place be attacked by the enemy, or it also function as a hideout. The other area of Taman Sari has been completely become ruins due to quakes. Only several places including the bathing complex are able to be restored. Because of its unique origins and its cultural value, Taman Sari is listed as a tentative World Heritage Site. The visitors can also visit the mosque. Unlike most mosques, the mosque in Taman Sari is a circle shaped building. Beneath the mosque is Sumur Gumilang, a place for the Sultan to pray.
Taman Sari is easy to reach since it is located near the Keraton. It only takes 15 minutes by walking. If it’s too long for you to take a walk, you can use becak to get there. Taman Sari is located near Pasar Ngasem. The visitors can buy various local foods and various souvenirs. There are a lot of stores and stalls along the road. No more wondering about things to do in Jogja, right?