Photos from the Road: Sri Sultan’s Palace Yogyakarta

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Photos from the Road: Sri Sultan’s Palace Yogyakarta

Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono’s palace in Yogyakarta, Indonesia is also known as Kraton Ngayogyakarta. It is the primary kraton, or royal palace (in Javanese language), of the Yogyakarta Sultanate. Here, the sultan and the royal court have its traditional seat.

The complex is the most popular tourist destination in Yogyakarta consisting of a number of buildings such as audience halls, museums, and the residences of the sultan and the queen.

Wandering around Sri Sultan’s Palace with my Camera

Other people generally get much more excited about palaces than I do. That said, I did enjoy strolling around the grounds capturing the individuals and architecture of the Sultan’s Palace.

Yogyakarta is Indonesia’s second center of tourism after Bali. Still, it doesn’t feel very crowded with foreigners. It is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia and possesses many other heritage buildings and monuments. It is located in central Java, the most populous island of Indonesia, near the temple of Borobudur.

After wandering in and around most of the buildings of the complex, our group made its way to the batik exhibit. This I found interesting. I was unable to join the others on a previous day on a trip to see how these traditional patterns on fabric were created, but I got a sense of the time and effort needed here. Basically, wax is melted on the fabric to form different color ink patterns. They had examples of some exquisite batik for both men and women.

On the way out, we stopped to listen to some traditional music on the stage.

More Info:

The entrance fee is 12,500 Rp ($1.30 US) for foreign tourists price) or 5,000 Rp for Indonesians, plus 1,000 Rp extra for a photo permit. The site is open from 8:30 am to 1 pm daily, and on Friday it closes at 11 am.

Visiting Sri Sultan’s Palace was part of an international blogger trip hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to promote tourism to the 17,000 plus islands of Wonderful Indonesia. Read more about the trip to Indonesia.

View the rest of my photos from the Kraton in Yogyakarta below:

at Yogyakarta Kraton Sultans Palace Indonesia (4)

a view of the grounds of the Sultan’s Palace

ceiling detail at Yogyakarta Kraton Sultans Palace Indonesia

ceiling detail

instuments at Kraton

instuments at the Kraton in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta Kraton Sultans Palace Indonesia (2)

flower at Yogyakarta Kraton Sultans Palace Indonesia

dragon at Yogyakarta Kraton Sultans Palace Indonesia

at Yogyakarta Kraton Sultans Palace Indonesia

bird in a cage at Yogyakarta Kraton Sultans Palace Indonesia

Javanese Batik (2)

traditional Batik

Javanese Batik

traditional Batik

 

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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